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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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 ad...

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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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