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News

‘Brown is the new green,’ says local water district

‘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 spendi...

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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

CARSTEN 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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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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