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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Community Briefs

Dodge-Ballerz tourney kicks off Saturday

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and the Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled Dodge-Ballerz: The Tournament 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St. The tournament is open to high school students.

Teams may enter five to six players. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Pre-register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include contact information, team name and names, schools and grades of team members.

For more information, call 903-6410 or visit www.ci.mtnview.ca.us and click “Library, Arts, Parks & Rec,” then “Teen Services.”

Medicare updates reviewed at Senior Center

The Los Altos Senior Center has scheduled Connie Corrales, HICAP program director at the Council on Aging, to discuss “2013 Medicare Updates and Changes” 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 12 at the Senior Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

Attendees may bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For reservations or more information, call 947-2797. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Holiday celebrations begin at History Museum

“Catch the Spirit II” is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. today at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. The adjacent J. Gilbert Smith History House is decorated for the holiday season and docents will lead tours and relate the home’s history.

Docents will serve a birthday cake commemorating the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of Los Altos.

The History Museum’s exhibition “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” is open to the public. Admission to the event and museum is free.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Library sponsors game event

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a game event for children, parents and grandparents 4-5:30 p.m. Friday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Featured games include the Angelina Ballerina Dancing Game, Fancy Nancy Dress Up, Jenga, Pop the Pig, Pig Pile, Pirateer, Checkers, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, Space Walk and Killer Bunnies.

For more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3524, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.sccl.org.

MV library hosts eReader fair

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled the eBook and eReader Technology Fair 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday in the library’s Community Room, 585 Franklin St.

Representatives from Best Buy and Barnes & Noble will be on hand to demonstrate products and answer questions about eReaders. The event will showcase a variety of popular eReaders, and staff will demonstrate how to download free library eBooks and audiobooks to eReaders, mobile devices and computer.

For more information, visit 903-6896.

Festival of Lights parade scheduled Nov. 25

The all-volunteer Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Association has scheduled the 35th annual parade 6 p.m. Nov. 25 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

The parade has a rain date of 6 p.m. Dec. 2, the following Sunday, should the Nov. 25 date be rained out. If a rain delay occurs, it will not be called until 3 p.m. parade day and will be announced first on the Festival of Lights Parade website.

For more information, visit www.losaltosparade.org.

Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” on display through March 24.

According to exhibition organizers, scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s, seen only on the state flag.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or all 948-9427.

Next Celebrity Forum welcomes Bill Clinton

The 2012-2013 Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series runs through May at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

The annual series, moderated by founder Dick Henning, presents speakers from various fields who appear for three consecutive nights.Upcoming speakers are:

• Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Dec. 5-7

• Political satirist Mark Russell, Jan. 16-18

• Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Feb. 6-8

• Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, March 27-29

• Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry, May 1-3

For tickets and more information, call 949-7176 or visit celebrityforum.net.

Volunteer awards scheduled Dec. 7

The 30th Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Dec. 7 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The awards recognize volunteers whose service has impacted Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.

Tickets, $30 per person, are available online and at the door.

For tickets, visit www.jointvolunteerawards.com.

For more information, call 941-7222 or 941-1697.

Cops and Gobblers event set for Sunday

The 16th annual Cops and Gobblers project is scheduled 8 a.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Police and Fire Department headquarters, 1000 Villa St.

Volunteers at the event, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Officers Association, prepare and deliver food baskets to needy families throughout the city. The Mountain View Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and the Challenge Team partner with police to collect and assemble donations.

Organizers plan to feed more than 300 families this year.

For more information, email Amber Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Build-a-Box program recruits volunteers

The Build-a-Box project needs volunteers as organizers prepare their annual Thanksgiving deliveries to hundreds of needy families Monday.

Helpers deliver boxes with a turkey and all the trimmings to those who otherwise would not have had a dinner.

The boxes containing the meals are no longer donated, so project supporters are asking individuals or companies to underwrite the expense.

In 1987, the late Art Scott, a local realtor, founded the Thanksgiving Build-a-Box project. For more than 20 years, the volunteer program has provided Thanksgiving dinners to the needy. In memory of Scott, who died in 2003, his family and friends continue the tradition each year.

For more information, to volunteer or to contribute, contact Valerie Smith at 941-1111.

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