Fri08012014

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

Students' committee needs volunteers

Many graduate students and scholars temporarily at Stanford University bring family members who lack opportunities to practice their English language skills. They are often left without the resources to meet residents of the local communities.

The Community Committee for International Students, a volunteer organization based at Stanford, sponsors an English-in-Action program to address that problem.

The committee needs adult volunteers to dedicate an hour a week conversing in English with International visitors in an informal setting.

The initial meeting will be held at the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford campus. Subsequent meetings can be there or moved off-site depending on the participants.

For information or to volunteer, call 366-1925, 326-5252, or Ruth Bioletti, 941-6125.

'Public Access at Risk'

The local cable program, "AAUW Connections" is presenting "Public Access TV at Risk," an overview of the impending loss of the Access Los Altos television station at Foothill College.

Local volunteers have been producing programs at Foothill since 1985. Campus officials, however, want to use the current space for other needs and will close the station after Dec. 31.

"Public Access TV at Risk" will feature a group of panelists close to the issue, including: former Los Altos Mayor John Moss; Willie Pritchard, dean of learning technologies at Foothill and acting vice chancellor and chief technology officer for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District; Susanne Elwell, public access specialist for Access Los Altos; Vicki Reeder, a local producer; and Cecilia Keehan, moderator.

Programs are scheduled for 8 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Friday, on Channel 26.

Fashion show benefits non-profits

"Hearts and Flowers," a fashion show and luncheon presented by the Los Altos Federated Woman's Club, will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 3, at Michael's at Shoreline restaurant. Donations are $30, with proceeds going to Los Altos Teen Help Center, Morgan Center and Alzheimer's Association.

For tickets and information, call (408) 252-0265 or (408) 737-2788.

E-mail notification at Los Altos library

The Santa Clara County Library recently began sending notices, such as titles of holds and overdue notices, to patrons via e-mail. To sign up for e-mail notification, patrons should obtain a form at the Los Altos Library reference desk and turn it in at the circulation desk. At the Woodland Library, patrons should ask at the circulation desk. Patrons who sign up will no longer receive such notices through the post office.

Service agency needs volunteers

The Community Services Agency needs volunteers to work one to two hours a week to help provide food to local low-income families and to the homeless. Volunteer work would include the pickup and delivery of donated food from local markets to the agency's Food and Nutrition Center. Weekday morning positions are available.

For more information, call 964-4630.

Los Altos History Museum

Travel in time with the History House Museum to the days of the 1930s. Enjoy docent led tours though our fully furnished home, beautiful gardens, and part of the original apricot orchard still cultivated.

The museum is open to the public noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tour groups may be scheduled by calling at least one month in advance.

For more information, call 964-4467 to reserve a tour.

Daughters workshops

Daughters of the American Revolution hold workshops the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, including the time and place of workshops, call 494-1866.

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