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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Martin Sexton strums into Cubberley Center

Acclaimed New England-based musician Martin Sexton will be performing at nearly every major festival throughout the United States and Canada this summer. And local music fans can get in on the action when he plays the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The singer-guitarist recently released his debut record "Black Sheep," which is a mixture of soul, blues, jazz and ragtime. And he was praised in the June 22 issue of "Billboard Magazine" and sang "America the Beautiful" at the finals of the Olympic Gymnastic Team Trials in Boston on June 30.

A two-time Boston Music Award winner and the 1994 National Academy of Songwriters "Artist of the Year," Sexton recently sold out the 900-seat Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts and other venues around the U.S.

On Sunday, he'll share the stage with Stephanie Mechura and Rebecca Riots. For more information, call Earthwise Productions at 949-4507.

MORE WISE CRACKS: Get ready to rock with San Jose's Odd Numbers, who will be headlining Earthwise Productions' free Palo Palooza gig at noon Friday at the Cubberley Community Center Amphitheatre.

The Numbers, a rollicking trio reminiscent of the Jam and Who, will be joined by fellow San Jose punkers Four Banger, Cain, The Aquamen and others.

Upcoming "Warm Weather Series" shows at Cubberley include Palo Alto's own mindbenders Oxbow on July 19 (with Idiot Flesh and the Indestructible Beat of Palo Alto), the jazz beat of Medeski Martin and Wood on July 29, Neurosis and Pitchshifter on Aug. 9 and folksters The Basics on Aug. 10.

ONE MAN BAND: He's been compared to Stephen Stills, and has played with Elvin Bishop, Norton Buffalo and Otis Day and the Nights.

We're talking about local "one man party band" Tom Ryder, who will perform tunes from the 1950s-'90s at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Los Altos Bar and Grill, 169 Main St.

To create the full-band effect, Ryder sings and plays keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars using digitally sampled instruments with a sequencer and vocal harmonizer. The more than 400 songs he covers fit into the classic and alternative rock, reggae, Motown, disco, country and adult contemporary categories.

For more information, call 424-8088.

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