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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


Palmer

When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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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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