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News

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.

Local un...

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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


courtesy of
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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Community Briefs

Day Worker Center schedules forum

Members of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View have scheduled a community forum 7-8:30 p.m. today at the center, 113 Escuela Ave. Participants are invited to ask questions and offer feedback.

Also planned for the event is a presentation on the center’s handicrafts and sewing classes.

For more information, call 903-4102 or visit www.dayworkercentermv.org.

Nominations open for service awards

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations to honor unsung volunteers.

Volunteers will be recognized at the 29th annual luncheon, scheduled Dec. 2 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. Celebrity Forum Speaker Series founder Richard Henning will be a keynote speaker.

Nomination forms have been mailed to 150 organizations.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31. Nominations must be accompanied by two letters of support. To request a form, call Los Altos City Clerk Lee Price at 947-2611 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To fill out a form online, visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov/awards-committee.

Princeton Capital hosts e-waste, shredding event

Princeton Capital has scheduled a free e-waste and shredding event 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at 161 S. Antonio Road.

E-waste will be accepted 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shredding will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the truck is full.

Recyclable items include TVs, batteries, power supplies, computer mice, keyboards, stereo components, cell phones, fax machines, hard drives and oscilloscopes.

‘Shaped by Water’ on tap at museum

The role of water in shaping the history of Santa Clara Valley – and how its use will shape the future – is the subject of the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Shaped by Water: Past, Present, and Future,” scheduled Oct. 8 through April 22.

Through photographs, art, stories and interactive activities, organizers designed the exhibition to give visitors a greater appreciation for the role water plays in daily life and to impart new ideas to protect and preserve the essential resource. To augment the exhibition, the museum has scheduled complementary educational programs and events.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the exhibition, scheduled 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. The Riveropolis opening includes two days of family fun, noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16.

For more information and updates to exhibition programming, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Hidden Villa offers permaculture workshop

Hidden Villa has joined forces with Common Circle Education to offer a two-week permaculture certification workshop in nature connection, leadership and sustainable design. The workshop is scheduled Oct. 23 through Nov. 4 at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Participants can learn how to create sustainable, thriving human systems, from greenhouses to organic gardens and local micro-economies and communities, using sustainable design principles.

The course will combine design skills with leadership, nature connection and a suburban focus, building on the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification curriculum.

Common Circle Education is a sustainable living and permaculture design school.

For more information, visit www.commoncircle.com, call (800) 376-3775 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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