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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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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

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

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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