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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


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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


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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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Los Altos Christian Schools' International Day educates students

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Los Altos Christian Schools’ fifth-graders dress in German costumes for International Day festivities.

Squeals of delight and wild applause greeted Los Altos Christian Schools administrators as they launched the annual International Day celebration March 25 by stepping onstage in puffy, white space suits, delivered by NASA engineer and former school parent Steve Ord.

“Please advise the crew of our mission objectives,” said Principal Susan Goff, space helmet in hand.

“Our mission is to test a new satellite. … Our goal today is to set its coordinates and monitor as it selects different countries and cultures to observe,” Vice Principal Evonne Litfin said.

And so began this year’s International Day celebration at LACS, a tradition that has been celebrated for more than 20 years. Each elementary-level class studies a country, then, in representative clothing, shares information on the culture, geography, food, flag, landmarks, history and economy. Countries represented this year included Ireland, China, Norway, Guatemala, Zimbabwe, Israel and Germany.

Languages abounded, as songs were sung in Spanish, Chinese, Norwegian, African, Hebrew and German. Traditional songs included a Norwegian folk song, “Jeg er Saa Glad Hver Julekveld” (second grade); an African praise song, “Yesu Azali Awa” (third grade); a Jewish hymn, “David Melech Yisraeli” (fourth grade); and a German folk song, “Muss ich Denn?” (fifth grade).

Each grade participated, with preschoolers leading the Pledge of Allegiance and marching to the Grand Old Flag, kindergarten prep students singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” in Spanish, kindergartners reciting an Irish blessing and first-graders singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children” in Chinese. Juilliard-trained Jenny Suh, a music teacher and former LACS parent, provided the piano accompaniment. Akronos, the middle school handbell choir, also performed.

Third-grade teacher Linda Garton said she selected Zimbabwe for her class to study because it has a large number of AIDS orphans.

“The reason I chose Zimbabwe is because they need prayer,” Garton told her students.

Second-grade teacher Anne-Marie Bevolden chose Norway, where her parents were born and where she spent a number of summers. She wore a bunad, a traditional Norwegian costume, made in Lillehammer.

Country-themed foods such as goat cheese, lefse, Bee Sting, sadza, peanut stew with collard greens, hummus and baklava, potstickers, won tons, corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and potato soup supplied an international flavor to the treats.

Second-grade teacher Virginia Apt said the U.S. is a melting pot, with people from varying countries and cultures, and the purpose of International Day is to give students an opportunity to learn about some of them.

Students responded to questions about what they learned from their international studies.

First-grader Jacob answered, “That the Chinese flag has two colors.” Classmate Christina said she enjoyed “studying different things in China that I didn’t know.” Third-grader Cassie got down to basics: “I liked eating the food afterwards.”

Los Altos Christian Schools, 625 Magdalena Ave., currently serves approximately 280 students, preschool through eighth grade.

For more information, visit www.lacs.com.

Cathy Fitzpatrick-Platt is a Los Altos Christian Schools parent.

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