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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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