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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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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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