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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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Tap into autumn with classic cars at fall festival

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce will hold its sixth annual "Celebrate Los Altos" Fall festival on Oct. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the South Parking Plaza between First Street and San Antonio Road in downtown Los Altos.

More than 160 artisans will display their work in media as diverse as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and other decorative holiday items in this yearly fundraiser produced by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce to benefit its many community programs.

This year's festival includes a Sports Tent with television monitors beaming fall football, baseball and soccer games as well as other sporting events via satellite, and a classic car show presenting 80 vintage automobiles pre-dating 1969, as well as an exhibition of pre-1976, for-sale cars.

Children and their parents will also have the opportunity to participate in the festival's annual scarecrow contest and walk down "Children's Alley," which features a variety of child-oriented activities.

Festival entertainment this year features music for many tastes, from the "little big band" sound of String of Pearls, which plays oldies and popular music, to rock 'n' roll by the Jesse Charles Band.

Local restaurants will dish up specialties at food booths, ranging from pizza, to Chinese chicken salad and fajitas and barbecue.

Micro-breweries and area vintners will serve beverages throughout the weekend.

The classic car show, going on both days of the festival, is drawing vehicles from as far away as Napa.

The Los Altos Town Crier has offered a 1947 theme for this year's show, in conjunction with the newspaper's 50th anniversary, and is still searching for two more vintage cars from 1947.

And the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few more pre-1969 cars.

To enter your car or for more information, call Paul Averell at 968-6107 or 948-1455.

Sponsors for the event include the San Jose Mercury News, KBAY, McWhorter's, Bank of Los Altos, PG&E, Armadillo Willy's, Le Boulanger, Black Mountain Water, and Los Altos Garbage Company.

Admission and parking are free. Handicapped parking is available. For more information, call the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce at 948-1455.

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