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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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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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