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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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


Shaw

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

Boy Scout Troop 37 celebrates 90 years

Los Altos-based Boy Scout Troop 37 has scheduled a potluck barbecue in honor of its 90th anniversary 3-7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club, 3351 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

For more information, contact Jennifer Granath at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Henning to address Federated Woman's Club

The Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos has scheduled Richard Henning, founder of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum series, as guest speaker at its Oct. 3 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline restaurant, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m. Guests are welcome by reservation. For more information, call 948-3553.

Discovery Shop sponsors art sale

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop has scheduled a sale of Asian and African art 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the store, 243 Main St., Los Altos. Proceeds from the art, donated by a local collector, will benefit ACS programs in the fight against cancer. For more information, call 949-0505.

California Baron's Ball comes to Fremont Hills

Grand View League, a fundraising branch of the American Cancer Society, has scheduled the 12th annual California Baron's Ball 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Formerly known as the Cattle Baron's Ball, the event has raised nearly $10 million over the past 11 years for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. For tickets and more information, call (408) 879-1049, visit www.cbbsiliconvalley.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

25 years of Community Volunteer Service Awards

The 25th Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Community Volunteer Service Awards luncheon is scheduled Dec. 7 at the Los Altos Youth Center.

Nomination packets have been mailed to a number of local volunteer-driven organizations. A total of 111 non-profit groups that serve the community through service clubs, social agencies, churches, schools and health support may submit candidates for the awards. Nominations are due Oct. 29.

A joint committee comprising five members from Los Altos and five from Los Altos Hills selects award recipients based on nominations submitted by various agencies that engage volunteers in their services.

Winners of the awards have been active as volunteers in multiple organizations over a period of time.

For more information, call Virginia Roberts at 941-1697.

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