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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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Los Altos High emphasizes value of math and science


Photo By: Charles So/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Charles So/Special To The Town Crier

Clifford Nass, professor of communications at Stanford University, addresses Los Altos High students on “Multitasking How Does It Change the Way You Think?” during Science & Tech Week.

Los Altos High School hosted its seventh annual Science & Tech Week on campus last week, exposing students to leading scientists and high-tech executives from all reaches of Silicon Valley.

A series of diverse guest speakers discussed the value of science and math education during the week, including Odette Harris, M.D., associate professor and director of brain injury in the neurosurgery department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Konstantin Guericke, co-founder of LinkedIn; Charles Huang, co-creator of Guitar Hero; Seth Shostak, astronomer at the SETI Institute; Clifford Nass, professor of communications at Stanford University; and Anne Toth, head of privacy at Google.

Students learned about a broad range of topics, from how doctors treat head injuries to the behind-the-scene efforts devoted to making popular video games.

“Science & Tech Week always has a good selection of presenters,” said Adam Evard, a senior at Los Altos High.

Evard said his favorite presentation at Science & Tech Week over the years involved electric vehicles, because he is interested in innovative technology.

Los Altos High has sponsored Science & Tech Week for the past for six years. Local community members founded the venture to highlight the value of science and math.

According to organizers, Science & Tech Week aims to:

• Demonstrate the value of a science and math education, thereby encouraging more Los Altos High students to take science and math classes during their high school years.

• Raise student awareness of the variety of science- and math-related educational and career opportunities in the Bay Area, including those involving other academic disciplines such as music, economics, law and the arts.

• Showcase the diverse backgrounds (and obstacles many have overcome) of today’s successful scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists.

• Inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and show that thinking creatively can be achieved by anyone.

Students, staff and speakers participate in the event in an effort to curb the decline of science and math in U.S. curricula.

“The event has tremendous value to the community,” said Adam Randall, physics teacher at Los Altos High.

Randall, who has taught at the school for 15 years, said he believes that Los Altos High is one of the best high schools in the state, and that such community involvement is among the reasons.

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/lahs.

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