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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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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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