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"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 spending nearl...

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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

DR. ALFRED 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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The stars come out at Tahoe : Area hotels offer star-gazing packages


Photo By: Courtesy of Cl Hospitality
Photo Courtesy Of Cl Hospitality Rooms at The Avalon Lodge in South Lake Tahoe boast a number of amenities, including fireplaces and flat-screen TVs. The Lodge and the Historian Inn offer fall star-gazing packages.

Fall evenings celebrating “Stars, Strings and Sipping” are scheduled at South Lake Tahoe’s Avalon Lodge and the Historian Inn in Gardnerville, Nev.

A series of astronomy tours includes classical music by Reno Philharmonic players, wine tastings from around the globe with knowledgeable presenters from each domain, sample appetizers from leading area restaurateurs and chefs, round-trip transportation to viewing areas and lodging. A two-night package costs $549 for two people.

Astronomer and poet Tony Berendsen of the Nevada Science Coalition will guide each evening of the series with two hours of laser-guided star-gazing. Among the highlights are three meteor showers: Orinoid, a trail left behind by Halley’s Comet; Leonids, an annual meteor shower associated with the Tempel-Tuttle Comet; and December’s Geminids, the most prolific display with usually more than 50 meteors per hour.

“What’s more spectacular than nature?” asked Deb Pierrel, co-owner of Clé Hospitality, owners and operators of The Avalon Lodge and the Historian Inn. “We just decided to give it a bit more help with classical music, wonderful wines and a memorable visit for our guests.”

The “Stars, Strings and Sipping” series is scheduled to begin Sept. 29 with “Uranus in Opposition.” Guests will have the rare opportunity to view the blue-green planet as it appears closer to Earth than at any other time of the year, complemented by wine and gourmet food pairings as well as tips on the best astronomy apps for smartphones.

Subsequent programs scheduled include “New Moon,” Oct. 15; “Orinoids Meteor Shower,” Oct. 21 and 22; “New Moon,” Nov. 13; “Leonids Meteor Shower,” Nov. 17 and 18; viewing of “The Blue Snowball Nebula,” Nov. 27; “Jupiter at Opposition,” Dec. 3; and “Geminids Meteor Shower,” Dec. 13 and 14.

Clé Hospitality redesigned the 20 rooms at The Avalon Lodge with fresh, casual elegance in mind. Amenities include beds with plush mattresses and triple-sheeted linens topped with overstuffed comforters in an Egyptian cotton cover. The bath is stocked with personal-care products and oversized towels and attractive tile designs. Fireplaces add warmth and ambience.

A variety of lodging packages are available, including 25 percent discounts on stays of four nights or more; 35 percent savings midweek; Movie Nights featuring first-run films and theater-style refreshments; Romantic Getaways with champagne or wine, souvenir glasses, chocolates and guest rooms with fireplaces. The hotel also offers a heated outdoor pool as well as complimentary bicycles, kayaks and snowshoes.

The Historian Inn boasts 34 rooms that reflect the area’s Western heritage, featuring the colors, textures and natural materials reminiscent of the mining booms that established Nevada as the Silver State.

Both properties provide flat-screen TVs with Movies on Demand, iPod docking stations in every room, complimentary wireless Internet access, activity equipment and daily newspapers.

A continental breakfast with locally baked fare is available daily at The Avalon Lodge, while the Historian Inn provides a “grab-and-go” breakfast. Both hotels offer food and wine tastings and 24-hour boutique gift shops.

For reservations and more information, visit avalonlodge.com and historianinn.com.

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