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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Health Briefs

SMART recovery for area women

The Self Management and Recovery Training offers a women's support group for those recovering from an alcohol or drug problem. Women are welcome to join the Los Altos group that meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Los Altos United Methodist Church in Room 9. The church is located at the corner of Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue. For more information, call (510) 249-9974.

'Dramatic' progress in HIV/AIDS treatment

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents two doctors discussing what they call "dramatic" progress in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and AIDS from 7 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the PAMF Auditorium, 920 Bryant St. (above Urgent Care), Palo Alto.

Drs. Steven Lane and John Boggs will discuss the latest improvements of this disease. For more information, call 853-4808.

Distinguished Speaker Series: 'Chronic pain'

The Older Adult Resource Center of El Camino Hospital presents Dr. Ken Peters speaking on chronic pain from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Older Adult Resource Center, located behind El Camino Hospital, 2400 Hospital Drive, in Mountain View. For more information, call 988-7622.

Grocery store tour, heart healthy shopper

The Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid Peninsula presents a grocery store tour for the heart healthy shopper at 9 a.m. this Friday at the Los Altos Safeway located on First Street in downtown Los Altos. Cost of the tour is $10. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 494-1300.

All about Medicare

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents a senior talk by insurance expert Connie Corrales from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 28, at the PAMF Auditorium, 920 Bryant St., Palo Alto. For more information, call 853-2960.

Adjusting to vision loss

The Older Adult Resource Center presents a speaker from the Peninsula Center for the Blind who will be addressing emotional reaction to vision loss and what help is available, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., May 29, at the Older Adult Resource Center. Cost is $3, free to members. The Center is located behind El Camino Hospital, 2400 Hospital Drive in Mountain View. For more information, call 988-7622.

Local chiropractor offers health seminars

Carol Irwin, a Los Altos chiropractor at the Spinal Health and Rehabilitation Clinic in the Rancho Shopping Center, presents three seminars, all at 5:30 p.m., during the first two weeks of June. On June 2 she offers, "Coping techniques for reducing stress"; on June 9, "Women and migraines"; and on June 16, "What is pain and how do I get rid of it?"

All are free and open to the public. For more information, call 948-2238.

Two-day class, 55 Alive for seniors

The Older Adult Resource Center presents "55 Alive," a defensive driving program for people over 55. This program, developed by the American Association of Retired Persons, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 and 4 at El Camino Hospital, in the Park Pavilion Rooms L and M, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Cost is $8. For more information, call 988-7622.

PAMF class offered on pediatric asthma

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents a class on pediatric asthma beginning June 3. For more information, call 853-2960.

Community blood drive at El Camino Hospital

The Stanford Medical School Blood Center will be holding a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at El Camino Hospital, Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

People must show a photo ID to donate. For an appointment, call 723-7819.

Vital signs: two-sessioncardiovascular assessment

The Older Adult Resource Center of El Camino Hospital offers a two-session cardiovascular health assessment, including a cardiac health report, lipid profile, blood pressure screening and height and weight measurement. This will be held June 10 and 17. Cost is $29. For more information, call 940-7070.

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