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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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Community Briefs

History Museum hosts Teddy Bear Picnic

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a Teddy Bear Picnic 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on the museum’s patio.

Designed for children ages 3 to 12, the event will feature games, a coloring booth, a scavenger hunt and refreshments.

A photographer will be available to take pictures of children and their teddy bears with the original Teddy, Teddy Roosevelt.

Member tickets are $15 adults, $20 children. Nonmember and guest tickets are $20 adults, $25 children.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

For tickets and more information, drop by the museum or visit www.losaltoshistory.org/events.htm.

LAVA sponsors Friday Movie Nights

The Los Altos Village Association has scheduled outdoor Friday Movie Nights in August on Third and Main streets in downtown Los Altos. Family-friendly movies will be screened at 8:30 p.m.

The area between Second and Third streets will be closed to vehicle traffic at 5 p.m. Moviegoers may begin to set up chairs and blankets at 6 p.m.

Movie Nights will feature bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist and a snack shack.

The remaining schedule:

• Friday – “Little Giants.”

• Aug. 20 – “Toy Story.”

• Aug. 27 – “Up.”

For more information, visit www.downtownlosaltos.org or call 949-5282.

Local free concerts coming to a close

The Los Altos Recreation Department’s 2010 Summer Concert Series comes to a close with a free performance by The Road Dogs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave.

IKB, Campi Properties Inc., Baskin-Robbins, Epicurean Group, Sereno Group, the Los Altos Town Crier, Safeway and Vogel & Associates are co-sponsors.

For more information, visit losaltosconcerts.com.

St. Luke’s schedules communion service

St. Luke’s Chapel in the Hills has scheduled its Service of Holy Communion and Healing noon Sunday. An Anglican Episcopal Church, St. Luke’s Chapel is located at 26140 Duval Way, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, call 941-6524 or visit stlukeschapel.org.

History Museum show covers quilting

The Los Altos History Museum’s new exhibition explores the art of quilting. “By Hand: American Women with Needle and Thread” includes samples of quilt styles from the past 150 years.

The exhibition, running through Oct. 31, also features other forms of historical needlework – early samplers, crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint.

A series of programs accompanies the exhibition, including a presentation by Kay Payne, a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The history museum, located at 51 S. San Antonio Road, is open noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Art galleries open for evening hours

Viewpoints Gallery and Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos are scheduled to remain open until 8 p.m. Friday.

Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., has exhibited fine art since 1972. The gallery is owned, operated and staffed by 14 artists working in ceramics, oils, watercolors and mixed media.

Gallery 9, 143 Main St., established in Menlo Park in 1970 and relocated to Los Altos in 1973, is owned and staffed by 31 artists who exhibit jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture, weaving and printmaking.

Both galleries change shows the first day of each month to feature a different gallery member.

For more information on Viewpoints Gallery, visit www.viewpointsgallery.com. For more information on Gallery 9, visit www.gallery9losaltos.com.

Students raise funds for Cambodian schools

SilkRoad, a non-profit organization comprising students from Pinewood School, Los Altos High and other local schools, is selling T-shirts to benefit education in Cambodia.

According to SilkRoad founder Mingbo Gong, a Pinewood student, the group is dedicated to the belief that education is critical for individuals and society.

“We are not only fighting for a better future for the Cambodian children, we are fighting for the responsibility and interdependence of our generation,” Gong said.

Local students have committed to raising $13,000, which would cover the Cambodian government’s public-school registration fee, teachers’ wages and school supplies.

To raise the money, SilkRoad hopes to sell 1,000 T-shirts that have 20 advertisements at $500 each on the back.

Profits support American Assistance for Cambodia. SilkRoad has already raised $1,575, including in-kind support from former Los Altos Mayor Bob Grimm.

Gong said the group’s first T-shirt sale helped the survivors of China’s 2008 earthquake.

In February, members sold 400 T-shirts to help rebuild schools in Haiti.

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

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