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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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History House needs 1930s vintage items

City seeks volunteers to monitor parking spots

Residents are needed for a study of parking stall usage in the downtown Los Altos retail core. Volunteers will follow specified procedures and data will be routinely gathered regarding parking stall occupancy.

This is done by two volunteers, with one driving a vehicle while the other observes and records the findings.

People interested in contributing to future downtown parking management plans can call VEGA (Volunteers Enriching Government Action) coordinator Phyllis Semple at 948-1491, ext. 229.

Parents Without Partners

welcomes new members

The Shoreline Chapter of Parents Without Partners announces that it now serves the Mountain View/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara area. At 5 p.m. every Saturday the group offers introduction to the organization for any single parent.

A monthly dance is held every third Friday in Los Gatos at the Elks Lodge. For more information, call (408) 275-9057.

Town Choir

performance set

The Town Choir's next performance will be Oct. 25 as part of the Los Altos Town Crier's 50th anniversary celebration. The group will perform numbers from Your Hit Parade of 1947, the popular radio show. The event will be a fund raiser for the History House Education Center.

The Town Choir welcomes new voices. Anyone interested in performing should call Linda Teets at 941-3596.

New exhibit

at History House

A new exhibit has been installed at the Los Altos History House Museum featuring "The Story of Mayfield - the Lost Town." The exhibit, which runs through October, is a combination of oil paintings, sculpture and miscellaneous tidbits about the town of Mayfield. The paintings and sculptures by Annie Fitz are part of the History House permanent collection and this will be the first time these particular pieces have been exhibited.

The History House, located at 51 S. San Antonio Road, is open 1-5 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 948-9427.

Olde Towne Band

summer concerts

Ye Olde Towne Band has scheduled its last Sunday outdoor concert of the year for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Shoup Park, on University Avenue in Los Altos. The concerts feature music ranging from marches to popular musicals. Admission is free.

The band is sponsored by the Sertoma, Quota, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs of Los Altos.

Alliance meets

to monitor Moffett

Alliance for a New Moffett Field meets twice monthly on Wednesday evenings. The Alliance is committed to promoting a democratic process to determine future uses of the airfield that preserve and enhance quality of life.

The group meets regularly at 222 D. View St. in Mountain View, behind the Main Post Office. For more information call the Alliance at 968-9076 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Moffett Federal Airfield Community Advisory Committee, charged with exploring and evaluating possible uses for Moffett Field, also meets regularly. It meets on Mondays at the Sunnyvale School District office, Iowa at Pastoria avenues, Sunnyvale. Interested parties can call the Mountain View city clerk's office, 903-6304, for the meeting locations.

Women's business

association meets

The American Business Women's Association meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Mac's Tea Room, 325 Main St., Los Altos. The group is dedicated to the professional development of women. To join or for more information, call 324-2808 or 964-8000 ext. 3013.

Moffett Field

info hotline

The City of Mountain View has established a 24-hour telephone hotline for information about Moffett Field. The hotline has been created to provide residents with information and periodic updates about Moffett. Residents will be able to hear information as well as leave messages expressing their opinions and concerns. The telephone number for the hotline is 903-6616.

Volunteers needed

for business census

Volunteers are needed to help in the annual business census to track business that have moved in or out of the city of Los Altos. This would involve visiting business in all seven commercial districts. Orientation and field training will be provided by the economic development coordinator. Volunteers will need to be able to walk a few blocks, and in some cases, climb a flight of stairs.

For more information, call Phyllis Semple at 948-1491 ext. 229.

CSA needs help

in the kitchen

Community Services Agency needs volunteers to help in its community kitchen. The kitchen serves hot meals to low-income and homeless adults and families four evenings a week.

Volunteers help with set-up, meal preparation, serving and clean-up. Hours are flexible and can be adjusted to fit volunteer schedules. To volunteer or ask for more information, call Penny Morehead at 964-4630.

Docents needed

at History House

The Los Altos History House needs docents to teach visitors about the 1930s era and the history of Los Altos. Docents would work one day out of every two months on either Wednesday or Saturday afternoons.

Museum officials are particularly interested in recruiting docents who enjoy working with children and would like to help with third-grade tours. Those interested in teaching and helping preserve local history can call Museum Coordinator Amie Heath at 948-9427 or 948-1491, ext. 126. Volunteer opportunities are also available working with the collections or in the garden.

Hidden Villa

seeking interns

Hidden Villa, a 1,600-acre educational farm and wilderness preserve in Los Altos Hills, is hiring interns for its environmental education program which runs from September through May. Interns lead field trips fro children, partake in daily animal caretaking activities and participate in various educational enrichments in the Bay Area. Interns receive a $500 monthly stipend, medical benefits, shared housing and organic foods on the farm.

The environmental education program serves approximately 18,000 school children annually, bringing together children from racially, ethnically and economically diverse backgrounds, according to Hidden Villa officials.

For more information, call 949-8643, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kiwanis meets

every Tuesday

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, which benefits primarily needy, or underprivileged children, meets at noon every Tuesday at Mac's American Grill, 325 Main St., in Los Altos.

For more information or to join, call 964-7051.

Symphony auxiliary

invites new members

The Peninsula Symphony Auxiliary has been serving the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra for more than 30 years. The Auxiliary is made up of guilds from Los Altos to Burlingame. The guilds meet once a month for a music-related program. Anyone interested in becoming a guild member can call 941-1857.

CSA needs help

for needy seniors

The Community Services Agency of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View needs volunteers in a Senior Outreach Service program. Volunteers provide assistance with activities of daily living to seniors in their homes.

Opportunities include brown bag drivers (must be available Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon), escorted transportation drivers, in-home volunteers (grocery shopping and light house cleaning), and socialization support (assistance in reading). For more information, call Penny Morehead at 964-4630.

Weekly bag of food

for low-income seniors

Low income Los Altos and Los Altos Hills resident seniors may be eligible to receive a weekly bag of groceries for $10 a year.

If you are 60 years of age or older, or if you are disabled and 55 years of age or older, you can qualify by calling Second Harvest Food Bank at (408) 266-8950 or contact Community Services Agency at 968-0836.

Widows and

Widowers Association

The Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association meets 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460, S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. The MPWWA helps people begin a new life following the death of a spouse. All widows and widowers of the area are invited to attend.

For more information, call 964-2612.

Los Altos Rotaract Club

seeking new members

The Los Altos Rotaract Club, a community service group sponsored by the Los Altos Rotary Club and Rotary International, is seeking career-minded individuals between the ages of 18-35 as new members.

Through club programs, business meetings and service projects, members can develop personal and professional marketing skills.

Rotaract meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of Great Western Bank, 199 Main St., in Los Altos.

For more information, call 949-0815.

Los Altos

'Daughters' meet

The Los Altos Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meets for lunch at the Forum in Cupertino the third Friday of every month. The society was founded in 1890 with three objectives: historic preservation, promotion of education and patriotic endeavor.

For more information, call membership chairwoman Dorothy Demange at 948-8641.

American Legion

meeting at Elks

American Legion Fremont Post 52 meets every Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge on El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

The organization focuses on supporting disabled veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto.

For more information or membership, call 961-2232.

Foothill Stamp Club

open to collectors

All persons interested in stamp collecting as a hobby may join the Foothill Stamp Club, which regularly meets 7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month on the second floor of Great Western Bank, 199 Main St. in Los Altos.

Longtime collectors and newcomers alike are invited to join the club. For more information, call 964-8923.

Local food kitchen

needs volunteers

The Community Services Agency needs volunteers to help in the food and clothes closets and in its community kitchen. The agency needs people to help from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.

The kitchen serves 80 hot meals four evenings a week. Shifts are from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 964-4630.

History House

offers displays

The Los Altos History House Museum is offering an opportunity to exhibit personal collections. If you are a collector of historic objects or fine art, the History House invites you to share your collection through as exhibit at the museum. The exhibit committee at History House will provide necessary research, signage and layout of your collection in locking exhibit cases.

For more information, call Amie Heath, museum coordinator, at 948-1491, ext. 126, or write to History House, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022.

Camera operators

sought by VEGA

The City of Los Altos volunteer program, VEGA, Volunteers Enriching Government Action, needs people to operate the remotely controlled TV cameras for city council and planning commission meetings. Training with easy to follow directions will be provided for qualified candidates.

Meetings are held on Tuesday and Thursday nights. After initial training, a six-month commitment is required. For more information, call volunteer coordinator Phyllis Semple at 948-1491, ext. 229.

Senior exemptions

from utility tax

If you are a senior citizen living in the City of Los Altos, you may be eligible for exemption from the utility user taxes found on your gas, electric, telephone, cable television, and water bills.

Basic requirements for exemption require you to be age 65 or over, reside in a household where the gross annual income of all residents does not exceed $25,200 annually and not be otherwise reimbursed for the utility charges upon which the tax is based.

To apply or for more information, call the City of Los Altos Finance Department at 948-1491.

Friendly Visiting Service

seeking volunteers

Friendly Visiting Service is seeking new volunteers to make weekly one-hour visits to lonely older Los Altos residents who live alone or in care homes and who have few or no family or friends in the area.

The volunteers are needed in four Friendly Visiting Service programs. An interview and four hours of training are required.

For more information, call 329-0888.

Docent training

from MROSD

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is now registering volunteers for its docent program, which provides guided hikes, walks and tours to the public throughout the year.

The program attracts adults of all ages who are interested in the preservation of open space and who would enjoy learning about the natural and human history of the midpeninsula, and sharing their knowledge with others.

For more information or a registration form, call Patty Quillin, docent coordinator, at 691-1200.

Food Closet

needs volunteers

The Food Closet needs volunteers to help sort and carry donations, organize merchandise and hand out food bags. Volunteers may work from 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Food Closet serves low-income families and individuals in Mountain View and Los Altos. If you are interested in volunteering, call Shirley Lowler at 964-4630.

Volunteers needed

for trail projects

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has opportunities for volunteers to help with trail and revegetation projects on its open space preserves.

Volunteer space is limited, so volunteers should call and register at least one week in advance. Training, tools and supervision are provided.

To be placed on the mailing list for volunteer projects, call 691-1200.

Host an

exchange student

Local families interested in hearing a new language, tasting another culture and seeing with their own eyes how easy it is to make new friends who will last a lifetime are invited to learn more about hosting a Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange student.

All kinds of families are selected to host YFU students: married couples with or without children, single parents, as well as families with teenagers. Host families provide room, board, guidance and the experience of what everyday life is like in America.

For more information, call Eric Seid at 948-3300.

Sertoma Club seeks

new members

History House of Los Altos is looking for selected items to be donated to the Museum House collection, particularly items in keeping with the 1930s theme of the house furnishings and the working apricot orchard on the grounds.

If you would like to donate a roof weather vane, or have any vintage 1930s men's spring and summer clothing for the master closet, those items are on the "Curator's Wish List" as well. For more information, call 948-1491, ext. 126.

The Los Altos Sertoma Club meets every Friday at 7:15 a.m. for breakfast at the Lyons Restaurant on El Camino Real in Los Altos. The meeting consists of fellowship and speakers from all walks of life. Sertoma's primary objectives are to serve the community with emphasis on speech and hearing.

For more information, call 948-2095.

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