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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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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 int...

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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'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
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 in L...

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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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Hold the phone for Foothill College spring musical Bells Are Ringing

Foothill College welcomes back the Golden Age of Broadway with its winter production of the vintage musical comedy, "Bells Are Ringing." The show opens Friday and continues through March 24 in the studio theater at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Evening performances are slated for Friday and Saturday, March 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 at 8 p.m. Afternoon matinees will be staged March 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Under the direction of Foothill College Theater Arts Instructor Jay Manley, Foothill's "Bells Are Ringing" stars Mary Messano of Mountain View; Robert Solis and Doug Baird of San Jose; and Victoria Graham of Sunnyvale.

"'Bells Are Ringing' is pure fun," Manley said. "It's that kind of old-fashioned musical comedy where characters are likable, they face impossible and improbable challenges, and the inevitable happy ending is never in doubt.

"Most importantly, the entire proceedings are a joyous pretext for an explosion of song and dance. The Styne-Comden-Green team gives us songs that bubble up with warmth, humor, wit, exuberance, satire and infectious fun."

A cast of 24 student thespians will revive nostalgic tunes, including "The Party's Over," "I Met a Girl," and "Just in Time."

Additional cast members include Mark Baushke, Jacqueline Levy, Elizabeth Maggio, Kristi Rogers and Howard Stateman of Sunnyvale; Doug Brees of Menlo Park; Susan Callaway of Los Altos; Chuck Coley and Patti Schulz of Burlingame; Alan Lason, Jonathan Mann, Hisako Okada, David Palmer, Reggie Reynolds and Vicki Ulrich of San Jose; Ricardo Marenco of Milpitas; Barbara Mock and Leslie Shkolnik of Mountain View; Ron Packard of Fremont; Christopher Shore of Los Gatos; and Dina Stubbe of Saratoga.

With music composed by Jule Styne and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Foothill's "Bells Are Ringing" is produced by Foothill College music theater, a program that works to present neglected or little-known shows worthy of revival.

Joe Ragey of Los Altos Hills is set designer; Janis Bergmann of Los Altos Hills is costume designer.

Advance tickets are $12 general; $10 for students and senior citizens; $8 for children under age 12. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Foothill College Box Office at 949-4444.

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