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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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