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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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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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Los Altos celebrates with Sister City Bendigo


Photo By: COURTESY OF DOROTHY DICKSON
Photo Courtesy Of Dorothy Dickson Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers and the Bendigo Youth Choir sing together in Bendigo, Australia.

Two groups of travelers have returned home after visiting Los Altos’ Sister City of Bendigo, Australia, to mark the 25th anniversary of the relationship.

In addition to Bendigo, Los Altos Sister Cities Inc. has forged unions with Rustington, England; Syktyvkar, Russia; and Shih-Lin, Taiwan. The nonprofit organization promotes global understanding and friendships.

Los Altos residents Dorothy Dickson, president of Los Altos Sister Cities, and her husband, Robin, visited Bendigo in March, and Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers completed a spring tour that ended with a weekend in the Australian city of nearly 100,000 residents.

While in Bendigo, Dickson presented Mayor Alec Sandner with a proclamation from Los Altos Mayor Val Carpenter celebrating the anniversary of the relationship.

Sandner noted the city’s growth over the past few years, declaring, “Bendigo is booming!”

The Dicksons stayed at the home of local residents during their four days in Bendigo. They visited local sites and toured a primary school and a high school.

Several residents of Bendigo visited Los Altos recently, including Peter Mundy, president of Bendigo Sister Cities. He presented a proclamation from Sandner congratulating Los Altos on its 60th anniversary of incorporation.

Jason Lee, principal of California Gully Primary School near Bendigo, and his family visited Santa Rita School and met with Principal Sandra McGonagle. They sealed an agreement of friendship between the schools, which will begin an “e-pal” relationship between fourth-grade classes.

Bendigo residents hosted members of the Main Street Singers, who performed two concerts in the city.

“They gave outstanding performances and were wonderful ambassadors of our city,” Dickson said.

One more visit to Bendigo is planned this summer – Magdalene Lim, a senior at Los Altos High School, will spend a few weeks at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Los Altos Sister Cities will sponsor Lim, who will be home-hosted by a family from Bendigo Sister Cities.

The Bendigo Youth Choir is scheduled to visit Los Altos July 1 as it travels in the U.S. to take part in several competitions. Dickson said Los Altos Sister Cities plans to host a late-afternoon concert.

For more information, visit www.losaltossistercities.com.

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