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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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