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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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Senior Center Happenings Provided by Candace Bates, Senior Center coordinator

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For reservations and more information, call 947-2797 or visit www.losaltosrecreation.org.

Holiday luncheons

• Thanksgiving luncheon: Noon Nov. 16 in the Multipurpose Room. The Thanksgiving luncheon will include salad, roast turkey and gravy, roll, stuffing, vegetable and pumpkin pie. Cost is $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations preferred.

• Christmas luncheon: Noon Dec. 21 in the Multipurpose Room. The menu will include ham, pineapple bread, herbed rice, peas with mushrooms and dessert. Cost is $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations preferred.

Intergenerational party

Senior Center participants are invited to join the Los Altos Recreation Department’s Kinder Prep program for an intergenerational ornament-making and tree-dressing party 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in rooms 10 and 11. Ornament making is scheduled 10:30-11 a.m., followed by decking the halls of the Senior Center and lunch at noon. Lunch is $4 members, $6 nonmembers.

Classes

The Senior Center has scheduled a number of new classes in January. New offerings include:

• Anthropolgy through Collage: Excavating Your Own Life

• Beginners Happy Qigong (in English and Mandarin)

• Excel: Beyond the Basics

• The Early Renaissance in Italy

See the Senior Center’s January Spotlight newsletter for details.

Donate

• The Recreation Department is collecting empty cardboard toilet paper and paper towel rolls and used, clean nylons. The Monkey Toy Ladies use the items to make stuffed monkeys for sick children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Drop off donations in Room 10.

• The Senior Center is accepting contributions of gently used scarves, hats, yarn and yarn remnants through December. The items will be donated to the needy. Drop off donations in Room 10.

Volunteer

• Volunteer to man the front desk. Openings are available 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays or on a substitute basis. Tasks include greeting participants, answering phones, refilling coffee, registering people for events and performing other small assignments as they arise. Computer skills preferred.

• Volunteers are needed Nov. 15 and 16 and Dec. 20 and 21 to help with holiday luncheon preparation. Sign up to serve as a sous chef (three needed) or to assist with setup, decorations, serving and cleanup.

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