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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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