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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Community Briefs

Irish music, storytelling spotlight Ellis Island

Los Altos residents Stephen S. Gill and Mollie Hudner Thompson are scheduled to perform in “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears: Irish Journey to Ellis Island” 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The musical presentation will travel back to 1892, when young Annie Moore, an Irish girl, becomes the first immigrant to land on Ellis Island.

Between 1892 and 1954, when Ellis Island closed, more than 5 million Irish immigrants entered the U.S.

Musicians Gill, Hudner Thompson and Karl Franzen will perform the stories and songs the newcomers told and sang.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Gill at 948-4648 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hidden Villa hosts native plant sale

The California Native Plant Society has scheduled its semiannual Native Plant Sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

California native plants are naturally adapted to local soil and climate changes; thrive without amendments, fertilizers or pesticides; and offer habitat value.

A free one-hour class on success with native plants is slated at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 260-3450, visit www.cnps-scv.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Deer Hollow schedules Ohlone history festival

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled its annual Ohlone Day Living History Festival and fundraiser 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio County Park.

Activities include tours of a replica Native American Ohlone village, hands-on demonstrations of Ohlone daily life, a hoop and spear game, face-painting, acorn-grinding, shell-drilling and rope-making.

The festival is ideal for second- through sixth-graders who study Native American cultures as part of their curriculum as well as Boy and Girl Scouts working to earn merit badges.

The farm is a flat, 1-mile walk from the parking lot. Parking is limited, so guests are encouraged to carpool. Groups of 10 or more should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cost is $5 per person, free for children under 1. Proceeds benefit the farm, which is managed by the city of Mountain View.

For more information, visit www.fodhf.org.

Bunko event benefits CSA

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled a “Let’s Play Bunko” event 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A donation of $30 at the door includes lunch, door prizes and drawings.

Proceeds benefit the Community Services Agency.

For more information, call Cathy at 967-1253.

Yikes Tikes organizes Halloween carnival

Yikes Tikes preschool has planned a Children’s Halloween Carnival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at 1577 Carob Lane, Los Altos.

Festivities will include pumpkin carving, live music, art projects and an opportunity to tour the facility.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library district sponsors children’s art contest

Children in grades K-8 are invited to submit original art to the Santa Clara County Library District’s “We Are America” contest, in support of “Searching for Democracy,” a California Reads program in partnership with Cal Humanities.

Entrants may submit a painting, collage, drawing or photograph no larger than 8.5-by-11 inches.

A panel will judge two entries along with a short paragraph on the topic “What Makes America Great?”

The contest is divided into three categories: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Winners receive art supplies, and their artwork will be featured on the library’s website and in displays at the library.

To request an entry form or for more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3524.

Turn artwork and entry forms in at the Children’s Desk of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

LAH Town Hall displays figurative art

The town of Los Altos Hills has scheduled an exhibition of the figurative paintings of Nina Leone Bricker and the late Mitchell L. Bricker through March 1 at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Nina Leone Bricker is a popular local art and drawing instructor. Her work is primarily in pastel and watercolor.

Mitchell Bricker was owner of Bricker Associates, a graphic design firm in Los Gatos whose clients included Rolm, Atari and Sysco. His oversized oil paintings feature multiple figurative images in one frame.

For more information, call 941-7222.

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