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News

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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New play is in TheatreWorks' 'Wheelhouse'


Photo By: Courtesy of TheatreWorks
Photo Courtesy Of Theatreworks GrooveLily’s latest musical opens this week.
TheatreWorks is scheduled to present the GrooveLily musical “Wheelhouse” – the company’s 60th world premiere – today though July 1 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.


The pop-rock trio GrooveLily, creators of the TheatreWorks/Off-Broadway hit “Striking 12,” stars in this autobiographical musical about traveling tunesmiths in desperate need of a tuneup as they rocket across the country in a worn-out Winnebago.

Obie Award-winning director Lisa Peterson directs. Workshopped at TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival, “Wheelhouse” chronicles the misadventures of GrooveLily’s rubber-to-the-road tour with humor and a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack performed live on stage. Uninspired by countless 9-to-5 days and wanting to kick-start their creative lives, three part-time musicians sell their possessions, buy a beat-up RV and embark on a musical odyssey across the country.

Part concert, part hero’s journey, “Wheelhouse” explores how much friendship can withstand in the face of repeated engine meltdowns, too many hashbrown dinners and several bumps along the road. TheatreWorks has long collaborated with GrooveLily – comprising Valerie Vigoda, Brendan Milburn and Gene Lewin – beginning with “Striking 12” in 2003. The show went on to successful runs Off-Broadway and across the country, and returned to TheatreWorks in 2010 for a sold-out run.

The band tours extensively and contributed songs to Disney’s “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” film. Vigoda (electric violin, vocals) has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and has opened for Tina Turner and Cher. Vigoda founded GrooveLily (originally The Valerie Vigoda Band) in 1994.

Milburn (keyboards, vocals), earned a master of fine arts in musical theatre from NYU’s Musical Theatre Writing Program but was instead drawn into a rock band. He said his road time with GrooveLily proved to be a way back into writing musicals. Lewin (drums, vocals) earned a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

He tours regularly with Audra McDonald and has played on recordings with George Coleman and John Patitucci.

The musical is set to preview 8 p.m. today through Friday and open 8 p.m. Saturday. Future shows are slated 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays (no 7 p.m. show July 1), 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays (no 2 p.m. show June 30). Tickets are $19-$69.

For advance tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

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