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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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This play has "Legs"

Photo Tracy Martin/Special To The Town Crier Megan McGinnis, front, and Robert Adelman Hancock perform a scene from TheatreWorks' production of "Daddy Long Legs."

TheatreWorks presents the new musical romance “Daddy Long Legs” today through Feb. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Based on the popular novel by Jean Webster, “Legs” is set in New England in the early 1900s. It is the story of Jerusha Abbott, a talented orphan sent to a prestigious college by an anonymous benefactor. The stipulation is she must write him monthly letters, and having only seen a glimpse of his elongated shadow on a wall, she whimsically dubs him “Daddy Long Legs.”

Director John Caird – Tony Award-winning co-director and adapter of “Les Misérables” – joins forces with Paul Gordon, composer of the TheatreWorks’ hit “Emma,” Broadway ingénue Megan McGinnis and veteran regional actor Robert Adelman Hancock on “Legs.” Tony Award-winning designer David Farley (2008 Broadway revival of “Sunday in the Park with George”) designed the sets and costumes.

Caird (director, book) is best known for his Tony and Olivier Award-winning creations “Les Misérables” and “Nicholas Nickleby.” Several of his productions have been for the National Theatre in London, including “Hamlet.”

Gordon (music and lyrics) was nominated for a Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical “Jane Eyre.” Gordon’s other credits include writing music and lyrics for the contemporary pop opera “Greetings From Venice Beach” and “The Magnificent Ambersons.”

McGinnis originated the role of Beth in the musical of “Little Women.” Her other Broadway roles include Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Lucille in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Hancock’s roles include Sky in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!” and regional productions of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Fantasticks” and “Hair.”

Previews are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Friday, as is Saturday’s opening-night performance. Future shows are set for 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays.

Tickets are $29-$67. Discounts are available for students, seniors, educators and members.

For tickets, call 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

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