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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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