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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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Local senior dancing all the way to 100

Photo Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos resident Regina Isbell, who enjoys line dancing, turns 100 on Sunday.

Regina Isbell turns 100 on Sunday, but the way she moves, you would never suspect it.

Especially when she line dances. Yes, line dances. Isbell faithfully arrives every Tuesday at the Los Altos Senior Center for her dance lessons, a weekly routine that goes back eight years.

"My motto is, ‘Keep on dancing,' said the active 99-year-old, a 55-year resident of Los Altos.

Isbell ascribes her longevity to "good genes," especially on her mother's side, where family members lived well into their 90s.

The native San Franciscan said she's always loved dancing.

"I've been dancing since I was (old) enough to put a record on my phonograph," Isbell said.

Still sharp, friendly and full of good humor, Isbell fondly remembers her youth, when she went dancing to Big Bands in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. When the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz celebrated its 80th anniversary with a television advertisement, Isbell saw a photograph of dancers that looked familiar.

"Look, there, that's me," she said. "I went dancing every weekend."

She misses the dinner and dancing venues, along with such swinging bandleaders as Anson Weeks ("Come dancin' with Anson," she recalled the catch phrase), and yes, Lawrence Welk. She's still a bit disappointed in her local public television station for pulling Welk show reruns off the air.

She remains independent, living in the same North Los Altos neighborhood home she and her husband, Lawrence, moved into in 1954. Isbell has a knack for remembering details, like the 11 apricot trees that once occupied their backyard. She apparently has no need for a GPS, because she knows exactly what street is connected to another and which house or business is on that street. Until this year, when she could not pass the driver's exam due to poor vision, Isbell had been driving her own car.

She grew up in the Mission District and attended San Francisco State University. She worked as a teacher for 11 years before settling down to raise a family. Her son, Steven, in his 60s, visits her often and is planning a party for her birthday. Her neighbors also threw a party for her, as did the senior center.

"As long as I have my son and my three beautiful grandchildren, I feel lucky," Isbell said.

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