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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.

The Dow...

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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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New Years resolution: Reduce stress at local day spa


Photo By: Eren Gknar/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Eren Gknar/ Special To The Town CrierYelena Dukarevich works as a technician at Salon Elizabeth, a downtown Los Altos day spa that offers body wraps, massages and anti-aging facials.

January draws people to the gym, making treadmill space rare and kale a scarce commodity at Safeway. Along with the typical New Year’s resolutions that involve self-sacrifice, though, psychologists say it’s important to reduce stress.

What better way to do that than to spend time at local day spas? Perhaps not as much fun as a week at Miraval in Tucson or Ojai, but less financial stress in the future.

Julie Rose, president of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, noted that the city has so many beauty and nail salons that five years ago the city council passed a resolution prohibiting new ones on Main and State streets. Those that close can’t be replaced by similar businesses.

“I don’t know how many day spas we have,” she said, but none is a member of the chamber.

Orchid Bloom Spa

As a service to local readers, this reporter checked out the exotic-sounding Orchid Bloom Spa, 107 Main St. In the interest of full disclosure, I have experienced the spa’s $85 aromatherapy body massage. Prices in general are reasonable, and longtime customers receive email specials. In addition to massages, the spa features facials, microdermabrasion and bridal makeup and services.

A quick check of Yelp showed reviewers’ high marks for the $55 Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage, a 30-minute technique that massages hot oil into the scalp. The therapist also kneads the shoulders, arms, neck and face. Sounded good, but I wanted more time.

My nighttime appointment delivered an additional helping of mystery created by the black and bamboo Thai wall coverings. You walk in to a wall full of Priori facial and Ilike organic facial products, and the receptionist sits behind the counter to the right.

Lali, my massage therapist, gave me a 60-minute Thai massage, which involved my changing into a tank top and pants and lying on a mat on the floor. From there, she used an ancient technique favored by Thai royalty to stretch and bend my arms and legs.

Unlike the Thai Swedish massage – $85 for 60 minutes, $125 for 120 minutes – which uses oil, the plain Thai technique relies on pressure points for stress relief. The brochure says it’s good for headaches and insomnia, and I was ready for bed at the end.

The spa packages offered include:

• Heart and Soul, a $140, 90-minute combination of custom massage, Reiki, head and foot rub, and Thai facial massage.

• Relaxations, a $120, 90-minute cocktail of body massage and wrap with a head and foot massage thrown in.

• Spa After Flight, for jet-setters, a $100, 75-minute Swedish massage mixed with a foot and head massage.

• Jasmine Therapy, a $140, two-hour jasmine body exfoliation, aromatherapy hand, foot and face massage.

Orchid Bloom Spa is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

For more information, visit orchidbloomspa.com.

Salon Elizabeth

Salon Elizabeth, another respite from the storms of everyday life, is located at 381 First St., across from Draeger’s Market.

The salon offers anti-aging treatments, including Elizabeth’s signature $145 facial with choice of collagen mask and vitamin C or DNA application. You can also have an intense pulsed-light photofacial rejuvenation, which addresses sun damage and hyper-pigmentation in five to eight recommended sessions.

In addition to several other advanced anti-aging facials, the spa offers the following getaway procedures.

• A $98 French seaweed body wrap, a European thalassotherapy treatment that some say takes weight off.

• An hour-long $98 enzyme body mask, which uses botanical blends to soften the skin and leave it silky.

• A $120 full-body exfoliation called the Tangerine Lavender Body Glow, which the literature promises to be “luxurious and relaxing.”

For more information, visit salaonelizabeth.com.

Yelka Day Spa for Men and Women

Yelka Day Spa for Men and Women, located at 2049 Grant Road, reports that it uses only organic and vegan products.

The spa is among the few that provide 50-minute $95 Mom-to-Be massages – $150 for 80 minutes.

Its Aqua Thermal trio massage uses heat, aromatherapy and foot massage for a special experience. It costs $95 for 50 minutes, $145 for 80 minutes.

Antiaging facials like the $155 Lavender Thermal and Pearl Silk Collagen, which promises to “treat your skin like Cleopatra,” purport to make you look younger.

If you need real improvement, sign up for the three-hour Ultimate Decadence, which will set you back $760 and have you lifted and glowing.

For more information, visit yelkadayspa.com.

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