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Suspected Los Altos ID thief served arrest warrant

Evelyn Hernandez

A San Jose woman suspected of stealing the identity of a Los Altos resident was found already behind bars, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Mark Bautista.

Bautista reported May 6 that Evelyn Hernandez, 44, was recently served...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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