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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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