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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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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

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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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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Living Classroom Program earns environmental education award

Photo Town Crier File Photo

The award-winning Living Classroom Program provides garden-based lessons in Los Altos School District classrooms.

The Living Classroom Program, the Los Altos School District’s garden-based science education program, received Acterra’s 2011 Business Environmental Award in the category of Small Environmental Project.

The Living Classroom offers hands-on, inquiry-based science, math and social studies lessons to elementary and middle-school students. The 38 lessons emphasize observational skills, problem-solving and experiential learning. Two dozen trained volunteer docents are teaching 450 sessions in eight schools this school year.

The garden lessons are designed to provide a link to the local environment and encourage students to improve their nutrition through exposure to fresh foods grown in the school gardens. The program serves as a model for other school districts in how to sustain a garden-based education program on a limited budget.

Funding for the Living Classroom comes from private sources, including the David and Lucile Packard, Morgan Family, Los Altos Educational and Los Altos Community foundations; school PTAs; local businesses and individuals; and in-kind donations from area nurseries and garden supply companies.

“The Living Classroom Program of the Los Altos School District has developed 30 gardens at elementary and junior high schools in the district – far more than any similar program we’re aware of – and uses them to bring students into daily contact with the natural environment while teaching them hands-on, inquiry-based lessons in science, math and social studies,” said Walt Hays of Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards Judging Committee. “The program thrives by recruiting volunteer docents, seeking a variety of grants, and procuring major in-kind contributions, from garden materials to Web services. These efforts and achievements have produced a model for environmental education and determination to succeed.”

Acterra, a non-profit organization with a 41-year history of environmental programming in and around Silicon Valley, involves and educates individuals, businesses and communities to take action against global warming, restore natural habitats and cultivate environmental leaders.

Initiated in 1990, Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards is one of the Bay Area’s oldest environmental recognition programs.

“Our awardees must demonstrate their environmental commitment and achievements through a careful vetting process,” said Board President Laura Teksler. “In addition to a thorough written application, the top contenders must demonstrate their programs’ merits firsthand to the judges during a visit to the applicants’ facilities. By the time they are selected to receive our award, they have truly proven that their programs are setting the bar in environmental leadership.”

The Living Classroom Program is scheduled to be honored at the 2011 Business Environmental Awards Reception June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

For more information on Acterra, visit www.acterra.org.

For more information on the Living Classroom Program, visit www.lasdk8.org/garden/Living_Classroom_Website/index.html.

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