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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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