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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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Christ Episcopal launches centennial celebration


Photo By: Courtesy of Christ Episcopal Church
Photo Courtesy Of Christ Episcopal Church

Dick Quigley dons his grandfather’s top hat and coat for Christ Episcopal Church’s 1913-style service. Also pictured, from left, are Elsie Quigley, Carol Clarke, Melia Young and the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Young.

Bedecked in old-fashioned hats and gloves and gamely pronouncing “thees” and “thous,” members of Christ Episcopal Church recently recalled the spirit of the past with a 1913-style service.

Worshipping as churchgoers may have at the Los Altos church’s founding, the congregation inaugurated a series of events celebrating the church’s centennial, themed “Cherishing Our Past, Embracing the Future.” Christ Episcopal is Los Altos’ oldest church.

Through April, the parish will celebrate its deep roots in Los Altos, which began Palm Sunday 1913, when a small group worshipped in a vacant space in the Shoup Building at Second and Main streets.

“It is exciting to see how closely Christ Church and Los Altos’ histories overlap,” said centennial committee chairwoman Marge Berglund.

The church has scheduled a walk through its early history 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1, starting at 300 Main St. and capped by a 4 p.m. Evensong service at Foothills Congregational Church on Orange Avenue, constructed by Christ Episcopal Church in 1914.

The remaining events will take place on Christ Episcopal’s 7-acre campus at 1040 Border Road, where the church moved in 1954. At that time, with the Sunday School bursting at the seams, church members found a site large enough to add a school, a dream realized half a century later with the opening of Ventana School.

A Jan. 26 afternoon tea and docent tour of the intricate pipe organ and the modern stained-glass windows designed by Gabriel Loire are slated next in the centennial series.

A Valentine’s Day dance Feb. 8 will benefit the church’s ministry with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, highlighting the congregation’s long tradition of service.

The public is invited on a spiritual journey in time March 16, with a program highlighting 100 years of music at the church, including pieces commissioned for the occasion.

The centennial celebration will culminate with a gala dinner April 13.

All events are open to the public.

For more information, call 948-2151 or visit www.ccla.us.

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