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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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