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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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 ad...

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Community Briefs

Workshop addresses downtown open spaces

Los Altos Forward, a grassroots group that promotes downtown revitalization, encourages local residents to embark on a walking tour and brainstorm ideas for open spaces in the process.

Members of Los Altos Forward have scheduled a “Community Placemaking Workshop” with planning expert Fred Kent 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will meet at 359 State Street, the bike shop, to hear from Kent, a specialist in creating social spaces.

The hands-on workshop will involve participants walking and observing the downtown landscape as they apply Kent’s placemaking principles to identify and brainstorm social spaces throughout the area.

Kent is founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning agency dedicated to helping people sustain public spaces. Founded in 1975, the group has completed projects in more than 2,500 communities in all 50 states and 40 countries.

For more information on the group or the upcoming event, visit www.losaltosforward.org.

Vintage Affaire benefits blind, visually impaired

The 30th Annual Vintage Affaire is scheduled 3:30 p.m. June 23 at a private estate in Woodside. The event, a fundraiser for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, will feature one of the largest wine auctions in California.

Over the past 29 years, the Vintage Affaire benefit has raised nearly $8 million for the Vista Center.

The event will include a stroll through the estate’s gardens, sampling of award-winning wines from California vintners and craft beers from Bay Area brewers, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs.

The fundraiser will feature silent and live auctions with wine from hard-to-find California vintages and first-growth French Bordeaux.

Two ticket packages are available. Club Level ($225 per person) includes silent and live auctions, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Patron Level ($475) features an additional wine-pairing dinner.

For tickets and more information on the location, visit www.vintageaffaire.org.

Avenidas, LAH team up for classes

Avenidas and the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee have scheduled an array of courses and clubs designed specifically to enhance seniors’ physical and mental health.

Offerings include Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Stepping Strong (walking), a free Health Education Seminar, Life Stories (writing) and more.

To register and for more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 941-7222 or visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.

Westwind 4H group welcomes volunteers

The Westwind 4-H /Riding Institute seeks volunteers to help groom and lead horses, as well as walk beside riders during lessons.

No experience is necessary. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4H.org.

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