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Paws-itively  ready for  disaster

Paws-itively ready for disaster


Dozens of local residents participated in the Pet Ready! program, which included first-aid tips for animals from Adobe Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Cristi Blackwolf, above right. Girl Scouts Rachel Torgunrud, above left, in purple of Sunnyv...

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Schools

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge


Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Gardner Bullis School’s Tech Challenge Team “Fantastic V,” above, recently showed their project at the school’s STEM Expo. Teammates, from left, Brandon Son, Will Hooper, George Weale, Tripp Crissma...

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Community

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1


Town Crier File Photo
Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sp...

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Sports

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High pitcher Lizzie Beutter went the distance to earn the win against Mountain View.

The number of Los Altos High hits and Mountain View High errors may be in dispute, but there’s no debating which softball ...

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Enlightened California: No Shoes, Please

I recently read a newspaper article about the newly adopted sex-education curriculum in the state of Mississippi. In the city of Oxford, the following exercise is included: Students pass around a Peppermint Patty chocolate and observe how spoiled it ...

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Business

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
European Cobblery owner Paul Roth is relocating his business from 201 First St., above, to 385 State St. in May.

The European Cobblery, a family-owned and -operated shoe store, is relocating to a new home just a f...

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Books

Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summa...

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People

'Champions for Youth' announced

Challenge Team will honor Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer as “Champion for Youth” at the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising breakfast, scheduled 7 a.m. May 7 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Lauren ...

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Stepping Out

Last go-round for 'Hound'

Last go-round for 'Hound'


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
The actors in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – from left, Darren Bridgett, Ron Campbell and Michael Gene Sullivan – take on dozens of roles.

TheatreWorks is slated to present “The Hound of the Baskervilles...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away


Van Houtte/Town Crier Yoga of Los Altos hosts a variety of classes, including Strong Flow Vinyasa, above, taught by Doron Hanoch. Yin Yoga instructor Janya Wongsopa guides a student in the practice, below.

It’s nearly 9 a.m. on a Monday mornin...

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Athlete of the Week

Pinewood High's Jennifer Arton is the epitome of an all-around athlete.

On the volleyball court, the 5-foot-11 senior does it all - hit, serve and defend. This is evidenced by the big numbers she amassed in recent wins over Notre Dame-Belmont (eight kills, 10 digs, two blocks) and Fremont Christian (22 kills, four service aces, 17 digs, two blocks).

"Jennifer plays with a tremendous amount of courage," said Coach Bernadette Diepenbrock. "In tough game situations, she enjoys stepping up and getting the job done."

She really came through for Pinewood in the five-game win over Fremont Christian. "It's such a big rivalry. I was so excited, so pumped up to play. Everything (I did) was on," Arton said.

Arton, along with senior setter Marisa Gardner, is also crucial in the leadership department. "We're younger this year. We have players who are not as experienced in five-game matches," she said. "So the other captain (Gardner) and I help them out."

The duo's outstanding play and encouragement have led Pinewood to four five-game victories this season. And then there's the "Spam sushi" factor, which is a lucky phrase the Panthers say before starting the fifth game.

Although the Panthers - 13-2 in league - play tough volleyball, Arton said they also have fun on the court. "It's not as serious and intense as last year. We still play well, but you don't get as down on yourself (after mistakes)."

The hard-hitting Arton, who began mixing basketball practice into her regimen last week, has been playing volleyball since the eighth grade and recently finished a six-month stint with Los Altos' Griffin team. "I love it," she said. "I know the game, and I've gotten much better as I get older."

- Andy Nystrom

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