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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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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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