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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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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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View vintage vehicles at upcoming events

Some local residents may not realize how many automotive treasures are parked behind garage doors in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. The owners of these vintage vehicles often display them at community events, such as the ones listed below.

Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade. An array of fine cars will transport pets and their owners down Main Street at the 60th-anniversary event, scheduled May 19.

Annual Los Altos Hills Town Picnic. Nearly 40 vintage cars, tractors, a fire engine and small-combustion engines will be displayed at the 10th annual event, scheduled 1-4 p.m. June 3 on the Little League fields on Purissima Road.

Los Altos Community Picnic. About 30 vehicles - a variety of makes and vintages - will be on display outside the Los Altos History Museum at the annual event. This year's picnic is scheduled Sept. 9 at the Civic Center, Hillview Avenue at San Antonio Road.

Corvette Spectacular Car Show. More than 150 Corvettes, dating from 1953, are expected to line Main Street Sept. 9.

Los Altos Fall Festival. The annual two-day event, scheduled Oct. 6-7, includes an area showcasing more than 100 vehicles - from the classic to the unusual. A marque vehicle is chosen each year, with a car from all the years of that make displayed.

Los Altos High School Homecoming Parade. Ten to 12 vintage cars annually carry the homecoming court and other students down Main Street. This year's parade is scheduled Oct. 12.

Festival of Lights Parade. Marking the beginning of the holiday season, the annual parade features several classic cars transporting the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills down Main Street in Los Altos. The 2007 parade is scheduled Nov. 25.

Los Altos History Museum. Several automobiles are now on display, such as a red 1929 Franklin, a white 1959 Thunderbird and a blue 1955 Oldsmobile, for the "Hooray for the Red, White and Blue" exhibit of historic American flags.

Donut Derelicts. An informal forum of auto enthusiasts meets 8:30 a.m. Saturdays (weather permitting) at Main Street Cafe & Books in downtown Los Altos. Look for their cars in the parking lot behind the cafe on State Street. Members talk cars as they sip coffee and nibble breakfast treats.

Other events near Los Altos include:

Palo Alto Concours de Elegance. Scheduled June 24 at Stanford University.

Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival. Scheduled Aug. 5 at El Camino Park, Palo Alto (across from Stanford Shopping Center).

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