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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Community Briefs

Girl Scout Cookies arrive in Los Altos

With the delivery of Girl Scout Cookies last week, Los Altos and Mountain View Scouts began door-to-door sales Monday and will sell them at stores and other locations beginning Friday.

Local Scouts received nearly 6,500 cases of cookies, a 25 percent increase over last year, and the largest delivery in recent history, according to Gail Wong of Los Altos Service Unit 608 and Carolyn Stratton of Mountain View Service Unit 605. A new cookie this year, the Savannah Smiles lemon wedge, joins the traditional favorites: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos.

Sales are scheduled through March 18.

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

Los Altos Library hosts iTunes session

The Los Altos Library has scheduled Part 7 in its Social Media Series: “iTunes 101,” 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The free program is appropriate for beginners and experienced users.

Attendees will learn how to organize music, play it on a computer or mobile Apple device, search for apps, add and search for music, manage an iTunes account and download podcasts and TV shows. A review of how to search for apps in iTunes for various Apple products is also included. There will be time for questions at the end of the program.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Forum examines civic center plan

A community forum on the Los Altos Civic Center Master Plan is scheduled 7-8 p.m. Sunday in the Creekside Center at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Los Altos resident Duncan MacVicar will explain the condition of the existing community center and the reasons for replacing it. He will review the master plan and moderate a question-and-answer session.

City officials are in the process of determining whether and/or when to place a bond measure on the ballot to fund renovation of the civic center.

For more information, visit www.losaltoscommunitycenter.org.

Lively Foundation hosts benefit for schools

The Lively Foundation has scheduled its annual benefit banquet noon Saturday at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road East, Palo Alto.

The event will feature lunch, party favors, door prizes and a silent auction.

Proceeds from the banquet benefit the foundation’s programming for Bay Area schools. Los Altos’ Loyola School has presented two performances of “The Gold Rush,” Lively’s educational program.

Tickets are $44, with $14 tax deductible.

For more information, visit www.livelyfoundation.org or call 969-4110.

Photo contest celebrates ‘Life in Los Altos’

To mark the 60th anniversary of Los Altos’ incorporation, the Los Altos Library has scheduled “Life in Los Altos,” a photography contest open to children and adults.

Submitted photos must be original work taken in Los Altos.

All photographs will be displayed during the month of March, with the winner determined by public votes.

Categories include grades K-6, grades 7-12 and adults.

Library representatives will award prizes for first place and honorable mention in each category.

Entry forms are available at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch Library, 1975 Grant Road; and online at www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Submit hard-copy photos to either library and digital photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Keeping brain in shape subject of talk

Dr. Judith London of Los Altos has scheduled a presentation, “How to Keep Your Brain in Tip-Top Shape,” 2-3 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 23 at Avenidas Senior Center, 450 Bryant Ave., Palo Alto.

A licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in treating Alzheimer’s patients, London will discuss how relatives, friends and caregivers of those with advancing Alzheimer’s disease can re-establish a meaningful connection and communicate.

London is author of “Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer’s Advances” (New Harbinger Publications, 2009). She is currently writing her second book, “Support for Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes,” scheduled for release this year.

For more information, visit www.avenidas.org or www.drjudithlondon.com.

Peninsula Symphony performs at luncheon

The South Bay Guild of the Peninsula Symphony has scheduled its Symphony of Blossoms Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2690 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The Peninsula Symphony Quartet – comprising harp, flute, violin and cello – will perform, followed by a drawing to benefit the Music Merit Awards for young students and the Peninsula Symphony’s music programs.

Tickets are $35 per person.

For tickets, make checks payable to “South Bay Guild” and send by Monday to Arlene Dean, 2091 Robinhood Lane, Los Altos 94024. Donations are accepted.

For more information, visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.

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