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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of Ob...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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