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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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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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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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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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