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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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A charismatic and collaborative engineer

Jean on the Job

Last week we talked about MIT's alumni groups request that I talk about the charismatic engineer. I proposed that to be charismatic and collaborative, an engineer, and all the rest of us, need to motivate others to act. With inspiration needed first, we urge others to want to act. With motivation, we urge others to act - to do it!

Engineering schools don't teach cheerleading. Now, the engineers who go into the field of sales, or who are even exposed to sales calls or trips with field sales, are privileged to a new language. Frankly, I think every classic engineer needs to learn every tool in the sales trade.

Listening for objections is one tool which many engineers miss. It is very hard for them to reflect back another's perception if they don't agree with it. Learn to say, "I guess if I lived in your shoes I might also feel that way" before you tell someone his logic is off and the whole idea is not worthy of your brain time.

Randall White, of The Future of Leadership, claims that "white water leaders seek out contention and disagreement." Some of the engineer readers may now object to me at this junction, with, "but I don't want to be a leader. I am an individual contributor." As our technical world gets more complex and our products require more collaboration, it will be hard to escape into individual contribution.

Consider that being able to inspire others provides partners in your collaborative endeavors. People who are committed to a particular course seem more motivated than others, but if you don't think you are charismatic, let me urge you to take up a cause. Learning to express how much you care, and learning to motivate others to care about what you care about can be a wonderful exercise for your new charisma.

Engineers I know have practiced this caring at the Sierra Club, the Save the Whales, the Recycling Center, the Family Planning Center, and, magically, they have become persuasive. Didn't we start out with the definition last week that charisma is the magic leadership of arousing special loyalty?

Jean Hollands, CEO of the Growth & Leadership Center, is an author, a management coach and a corporate team-builder. Write to GLC, 1451 Grant Road, Mountain View

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