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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Wine time at Lake Tahoe

There are two fun wine events coming up at Lake Tahoe.

The Truckee Wine Walk is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 3. We have previously attended and tickets are well worth the event-day price of $35, and even a better bargain purchased in advance for $25. The entrance fee buys a glass, five food tickets and the opportunity to taste wines from at least 25 wineries. It is a clever promotion, as the wine can only be consumed inside a merchant’s confines. The idea is that while you drink, you look and hopefully make a purchase. If you dare to take a glass containing wine outside, the friendly bucket police are stationed at every door to relieve you of the wine, which, of course, you can fill up at the next stop. Proceeds benefit projects in the Truckee area.

Apparently a lot of wine is consumed, as organizers offer free cab rides and a designated-driver program. The designated one pays $10 and receives five soft-drink tickets plus food.

The Alpen Wine Festival is scheduled 2-5 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Village at Squaw Valley. This is the 21st annual event, and I have probably attended at least 10. Close to 40 wineries will participate, providing ample opportunities to taste. A Spiegelau wine glass is included in the $40 entrance fee, and there is a silent auction where many bargains are usually available. This function benefits the Jimmie Huega Multiple Sclerosis Fund.

We also attended a Huey Lewis and the News concert on the driving range of the Old Greenwood Golf Course, one of six events the Lake Tahoe Music Festival presented between July 23 and Aug. 8. On the surface you might not think this was a wine event, but, believe me, it was. The doors opened two hours before the concert began, and the wine flowed. Lewis, a youthful-looking middle-aged rocker, does not seem to have lost a beat. By the end of evening, there was a lot of dancing, and I was giving it my best shot. I still might have a few moves left in this old body.

While at Tahoe, we were guests at Blackbird Vineyard’s wine dinner at the Lahontan Golf Club. The unique winery emulates the “Right Bank” wineries of St. Emilion and Pomerol. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the predominant varietals in Blackbird’s wines. French slang for Merlot is “Little Blackbird,” hence the name.

Blackbird’s three principal wines are Illustration, Paramour and Contrarian, and they likened them to Pétrus, Cheval Blanc and Ausone. This might be a bit of a stretch, but they are very good. The blends are somewhat similar, but the prices are not. These French wines in good years are hundreds of dollars, often more than a thousand. The three Blackbird wines, which sell for $90 each, were served with wild boar, short ribs and a dark chocolate dessert – very good food and very good wines.

Sarah Gott and Aaron Pott combine to make these fine

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