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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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School Briefs

LAH group invites residents to redistricting forum

Los Altos Hills Citizens Against Redistricting has scheduled a public meeting 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 in the Bullis-Purissima Elementary School multipurpose room to address residents' questions and concerns about the city council's recent vote to redistrict Los Altos Hills into a separate school district.

Meeting topics include current plans for the Bullis-Purissima site, how redistricting would work and how citizens can fight to ensure that school choice is not taken away from Los Altos Hills' families.

Los Altos Hills Citizens Against Redistricting is a group of residents who say they are frustrated with ongoing school politics, erroneous information and lack of access to neighboring school districts.

The group has invited representatives of the Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto school districts and Los Altos School District board member Mark Goines to participate.

Bullis-Purissima Elementary School is located at 25890 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Learn how to build a model house

The Museum of American History in Palo Alto is offering students ages 10 and up the opportunity to learn basic drafting techniques. During the hands-on session students will build a pre-cut home of foam-core board and trim materials and mount it on a corrugated cardboard platform complete with grass, driveway and plants.

The lessons are scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday and April 22 at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. The cost is $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers.

For registration and more information, visit www.moah.org.

AVID sponsors Fun and Wellness Day

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a support program for students who are the first in their families to attend college, has scheduled a Fun and Wellness Day fund-raiser at Los Altos High School 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22. Proceeds from the event will help students pay for their college tuition and books.

The fund-raiser will include an all-ages walkathon, swimathon, 5-on-5 soccer tournament and tennis challenge. A community fair featuring local organizations will highlight health and nutrition, the theme of the day, with demonstrations and handouts.

The day will also include live entertainment, a variety of healthy foods and a raffle.

For more information or to register for any of the athletic activities, visit www.avidfunandwellnessday.org.

MVLA award-winning speech and debate team performs for public

Four students from the Mountain View-Los Altos Speech and Debate Team have advanced to the state and national championships. Members of the community are invited to hear the students in a showcase scheduled for 7-9 p.m. April 19 in the Mountain View High School theater.

The team's top nationally ranked Lincoln-Douglas debaters, Prashant Rai and Stephen Hess, seniors at Mountain View High, are two of only three Lincoln-Douglas debaters from the area who qualified to compete in the National Forensic League Tournament. They also both qualified to compete again this year for the national title at the Tournament of Champions. Stephen additionally qualified to compete at the California State Speech Championship Tournament. At the Mountain View High showcase, they will debate the topic: The use of the state's power of eminent domain to promote private enterprise is unjust.

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, a junior from Los Altos High School, qualified to compete in both the California State Speech Championship Tournament and the National Forensic League Tournament. For the showcase she will perform her original oratory, "Small Is Big," which focuses on the accumulated value of small contributions.

Margaret Lewis, a sophomore at Los Altos High, will compete in the State Speech Championship Tournament April 19. She will perform her original expository speech on the power of music. Margaret won first place at the state-qualifying tournament. She is in her first year of competition.

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