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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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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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Local students sing at Breakfast With Santa


Photo By: Natalie Arsky/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Natalie Arsky/Special To The Town Crier

Students from Almond and Egan Junior High schools performed for Maltby’s customers at Breakfast With Santa Dec. 15.

More than a dozen children shared their musical and singing talents to help Santa Claus bring joy to their younger peers at Breakfast With Santa, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, Dec. 15 at Maltby’s Restaurant & Tavern.

Fifth- and sixth-grade Almond School chorus members and a chamber trio of Egan Junior High orchestra students performed a program that included festive poetry readings and traditional carols.

“I had just one week to form this group and put the program together and we had only two rehearsals,” Director Deborah Rockey said. “It says a lot about these kids that they were able to pull this off with such aplomb and really shows their talent and their enthusiasm.”

The program included a poetry reading of “Five Little Candles” and “Little Snowman.” As the sixth-graders recited the poems, the fifth-graders acted them out.

The chamber trio played a rendition of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Carol of the Bells.” The chorus sang traditional favorites including “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” accompanied by the string trio. They also performed “The Holly and the Ivy,” accompanied by Egan student Scott Sun on keyboard.

As the chorus finished “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Santa arrived to the delight of the young attendees.

“This is the fourth year we’ve done Breakfast with Santa,” said owner James Maltby. “It’s a fabulous holiday tradition we’ve got going here.”

Choral performers included Peyton Rockey, Katrina Arsky, Sasha Graeser, Kayla Jackson, Sydney Rogers, Manasi Sastry, Elise Walker, Lily Szalay, Sophia Hwang, Abbey Mesel and Adrienne Mitchel. Casey Rockey, Scott Sun and Nathan Mesel formed the chamber trio.

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