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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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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

Madrigals sing for Federated Woman’s Club

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled the Mountain View High School Madrigals to perform a medley of Christmas carols at its Dec. 5 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and the Madrigals’ performance at 1 p.m.

Members are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Help One Child, a local nonprofit organization that the club sponsors.

For reservations and more information, call 948-3553.

LA Library lecture reviews Louvre treasures

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present illustrated lectures 7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 3 based on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s exhibition “Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette” in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Payne will discuss the story of French royalty’s patronage and collections, which started in 1660 and ended with the French Revolution in 1789. Many of the objects in the exhibition have never before left France.

Items from the Louvre include a mosaic tabletop of agate, amethyst, lapis lazuli and other semiprecious stones; Louis XV’s collection of hard-stone vases; a tapestry from the royal mansion; a gold coffee grinder made for Madame Pompadour; a porcelain tea table for Madame du Barry; a miniature of Louis XIV framed in diamonds; and gilded walnut furniture from Marie Antoinette’s chambers.

The exhibition runs through March 17 at the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco.

For more information on the lectures, call 948-7683.

City displays gingerbread houses

The Los Altos Recreation Department plans to display as many as 70 submissions during the city’s annual Gingerbread House Exhibit.

This year’s exhibit is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Dec. 7 at Hillview Community Center, Room 2, 97 Hillview Ave.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 947-2790 or visit www.losaltosrecreation.org and click the gingerbread house exhibit image.

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, today 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 call 948-9427.

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.

To purchase tickets, visit www.jointvolunteerawards.com.

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

Celebrity Forum features 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 in Cupertino.

Moderated by founder Dick Henning, the series presents speakers who appear for three consecutive nights. The lineup includes 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; and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry, May 1-3.

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

SAy Hi helps local seniors

The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos.

Volunteers provide free rides within a 20-minute drive, with 24 hours’ notice to destinations such as El Camino and Kaiser hospitals; beauty salons and barber shops; Rancho, Loyola Corners, downtown and local shopping centers; and religious services.

SAy Hi members meet 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Valle Monte holiday event begins Thursday

Valle Monte League has scheduled “The Music of Christmas” in celebration of its 45th anniversary Thursday and Friday at the Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose.

Events include a morning coffee and afternoon tea Thursday and a champagne brunch Friday, all including fashion shows.

Proceeds benefit Bay Area mental health organizations.

Local League members include Linda Conover of Los Altos.

For tickets or more information, call (408) 278-8001 or visit www.vallemonte.org.

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