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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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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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