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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Mr. 'Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo' to play Los Altos Bar & Grill

What venue would a 1970s chart-topping rock guitarist like Rick Derringer choose to play to celebrate his 50th birthday?

Why, the Los Altos Bar & Grill, of course.

Derringer, whose claim to rock 'n' roll fame includes such hits as "Hang On Sloopy" and "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo," is scheduled to play 8:30-11 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Aug. 5.

He first gained popularity at 16, with his band, the McCoys, and their hit record, "Hang On Sloppy" in the summer of 1965.

Immediately following the demise of the McCoys in 1969, Derringer merged his talents with albino blues rocker, Johnny Winter.

It was the beginning of a long association with both Johnny and Edgar Winter as singer, player, songwriter, and producer (he's produced every Gold or Platinum recording that they've made).

Derringer's first solo album, "All American Boy" was released in 1973 and included the definitive version of his best-known song, "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo."

In the same year, Derringer was again included as guitarist/writer and producer of Johnny Winter's "Still Alive and Well," and as player/producer of Edgar's biggest hit album, "They Only Come Out At Night," featuring the No. 1, Grammy-nominated hit, "Frankenstein."

Derringer went solo again in 1976 with Derringer Band, a group which included throughout several incarnations, then unknown musicians Neil Geraldo and Myron Grumbacher, who went ahead to become famous with Pat Benatar.

During the 1980s he worked with and wrote for a variety of performers, from Barbra Streisand to Weird Al Yankovic.

Derringer has returned to performing blues in the 1990s. His latest release, "Electra Blues," stays true to the blues tradition and runs the gamut from grinding slow blues to steaming shuffles.

His next CD, called "Tend the Fire," is already out in Europe.

Tickets are $15. The Los Altos Bar & Grill is located at 169 Main St., Los Altos.

For tickets, call 948-4332.

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