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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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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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