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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Music for Minors hosts Mardi Gras fundraiser

Photo Courtesy Of Mary Powell

Gunilla and Tom Follett of Los Altos Hills are leading an upcoming Mardi Gras fundraiser for Music for Minors.

Tom and Gunilla Follett of Los Altos Hills will reign as King and Queen of the Mardi Gras at Music for Minors’ “Mardi Gras Mystique” benefit 6:30-11 p.m. March 5 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

The fundraiser, a celebration in the New Orleans style, will cover the cost of training 20 new music docents. The Town Crier Holiday Fund supports the non-profit Music for Minors, which recruits and trains docents to teach music education to children in kindergarten through third grades. Founded in Los Altos, the organization began in response to state funding cuts that eliminated music instruction.

“Gunilla and Tom have been quietly supporting Music for Minors since its inception 35 years ago,” said Mary Powell, Music for Minors board president. “Their enthusiasm and energy are responsible for much of the community support we have received for over three decades. As a small local non-profit, we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

Music for Minors continues to meet the strong demand for in-school music education throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to Powell.

“No other organization offers intensive training in comprehensive music curriculum as Music for Minors does,” she said. “Our training program produces highly qualified docents and music educators who deliver weekly lessons in traditional American and multicultural choral music as well as movement, appreciation and theory. Now over 10,000 local kids look forward to music as a part of their school day. How great is that?”

“Mardi Gras Mystique” will feature live music, including a taste of zydeco, by the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

A Cajun buffet dinner, with traditional king cake for dessert, will be served. Dancing to Suite Love Express is scheduled after dinner.

Tickets are $150 per person.

For tickets and more information, call 237-9130 or visit www.mfm.org.

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