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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Carmel offers respite from holiday bustle


Photo By: Eren Gknar/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Eren Gknar/Special To The Town Crier Deer roam through a field of lavender at the winding entrance to Carmel Valley Ranch. The resort uses lavender in its spa and restaurant.

 

The weeks after Christmas and New Year’s Day offer revelers a chance to regain their strength from the rounds of holiday cooking and frolicking. It’s a good time to relax and get away for two or three days. Throughout the month of January, quaint Carmel quiets down, and a few more rooms become available at the inns.

Monta Potter, CEO of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, boasts about the area’s mild climate – an average of 60 F in January. Point Lobos State Preserve offers coastside hiking and some of the most beautiful views in the region.

Even if it’s cold, there are plenty of alternatives to the beach. Carmel Wine Walk passports sell for $50 and allow holders to taste at seven local tasting rooms via self-guided tour and map. Stop by the Visitors’ Center between Fifth and Sixth streets downtown to buy one.

Potter also noted that Carmel has three theatrical companies, and “there are concerts of all kinds going on all the time.”

The following lodges offer rejuvenating winter specials.

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch, 1 Old Ranch Road, features packages for the Christmas weary. For those still in the holiday spirit, the hotel’s Spa Aiyana offers a unique $195 Neroli gold massage using resins of frankincense, myrrh and gold.

The Ranch sits on 500 acres and includes two saltwater pools and hot tubs, as well as tennis courts and a golf course.

Choices include booking an overnight suite with daily continental breakfast for two, featuring a one-time $50 activity credit toward tennis, golf or the spa. Suites range from 650 square feet to the two 1,200-square-foot Carmel Suites. Pay the regular rate, but the resort will credit you for half off a third consecutive night. The resort will also credit customers for half off a third consecutive night for a future stay through May 16. Rates start at $325, so this could be a good deal.

Chef Tim Wood’s favorite organic farm-to-table six-course feast celebrates New Year’s Eve 6-11 p.m. Monday. For $145 per person, dishes include Lobster Salad, Winter Black Truffle Risotto and a third-course selection of Sonoma Duck, Filet of Beef or Alaskan Halibut. For dessert, choose from Honey Salt Pot de Crème, Apple Crisp or Lavender Ice Cream (the resort grows hundreds of lavender plants).

Partygoers will receive party bags. Reservations are required, either by contacting the concierge or by calling (831) 626-2599.

The after-dinner dance in the Oak Room is free to all guests, and a cash bar will available. DJs will spin music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The resort also presents a family-friendly buffet dinner in the Redwood Room 6-9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, at $75 for adults and $30 for children.

The menu includes hors d’oeuvres, salads, a sushi display, a raw shellfish bar, turkey, pork loin, truffle bread pudding and a choice of desserts. For reservations, call (831) 626-2599.

For more information, call (866) 405-5037 or visit www.carmelvalleyranch.com.

Inns By The Sea

In Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can stroll through the shops downtown, Inns By The Sea, a collection of distinctive resorts, offers winter specials.

Travelers can use a promotional code of “20SAVE” for an additional $20 off the best available rate during this off-season.

The inns feature bed-and-breakfast charm and some offer Jacuzzi tubs, kitchens and fireplaces. Most are pet-friendly.

Accommodations under the Inns By The Sea umbrella include The Babbling Brook, Candlelight, Carriage House, Cypress, Dolphin, Depot Hill, Svensgaard and Wayside.

For more information, call (800) 610-3239 or visit www.innsbythesea.com.

For more information and a list of things to do in Carmel, visit www.carmelcalifornia.org.

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