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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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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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