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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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Los Altos Christian Schools' International Day educates students

Photo Courtesy Of Lacs

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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