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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

Those interested ...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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