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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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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

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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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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