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"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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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


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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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Schools Briefs

Music for Minors seeks volunteers

Music for Minors seeks volunteers interested in training to become music teachers for students in kindergarten through third grade.

The nonprofit organization, devoted to keeping music alive in local schools, provides sequential, standards-based music education programs for children throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Music for Minors has scheduled an informational meeting noon June 13 at its offices in Mountain View, 883 N. Shoreline Blvd., Suite C120.

Music for Minors will provide volunteers all the tools necessary to teach music in the elementary classroom. Training is in mid-September and volunteers may attend sessions in Los Altos or Redwood City.

For more information, call 237-9130 or visit www.mfm.org.

LAKA summer classes scheduled at new campus

Los Altos KidzAdventures (LAKA), endorsed by the Los Altos School District, has scheduled a variety of summer enrichment classes for students entering grades 1-4.

Classes are slated 8:30 a.m. to noon June 18 through July 13 at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills. Experienced teachers trained in the developmental needs of young students designed the classes.

Two classes may be taken during each two-week session. Cost is $175 per class, per session.

LAKA classes include Young Chefs, Computers, Outrageous Outdoor Games, Magnificent Machines, Art, Lively Ink, Math Masters, Writing Workshop, Mysterious World and Robotics. A Skills for Kindergarten class will be offered for children entering kindergarten. A four-week class will be available for children entering first grade who need additional support in reading and writing.

For more information, email Niki Mitchell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.lakakidz.com.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

The program reaches all grade levels within the district and includes hands-on education in a variety of areas, including science, history and math.

Training is available to acquaint docents with the lesson content; all materials are provided.

A docent and often an assistant docent – along with one or two volunteer parents inside or outside the classroom – direct lessons.

For more information, call program director Mike Sanderson at 947-1103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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