Fri08012014

News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


Shaw

Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Community Briefs

LA Forward schedules ‘Conversation’ today

Los Altos Forward, a nonprofit organization that promotes downtown vibrancy, invites local residents to a “Community Conversation” 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at 242 State St.

Participants will review “Community Visioning and Planning Processes: Lesson from San Bruno,” a document that details how San Bruno successfully engaged its community in a downtown visioning and planning process that resulted in sustainable economic growth.

Aaron Aknin, Palo Alto assistant director of planning and community environment and former San Bruno community development director, will discuss the process.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.losaltosforward.org.

LWV sponsors meeting with elected officials

The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area has scheduled “Meet Your Elected Officials” 1-3 p.m. March 3 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The informal reception allows residents to talk directly with local officeholders serving in the state Assembly and Senate and on city councils and school boards.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments and suggestions.

Elected officials have been invited from the state Assembly and Senate; the Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View city councils; the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 5; the El Camino Hospital District; the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District; and school and water districts serving the three communities.

For reservations, visit myelectedofficials.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit www.lwvlamv.org.

CSMA gala honors LAH residents

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual gala 5 p.m. March 16 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

The gala, which will feature a “Mardi Gras” theme, will honor Los Altos Hills residents Robert and Sue Larson, CSMA supporters since 1993. Sue served on the CSMA board of directors for 12 years, including a stint as chairwoman, as well as in a variety of other volunteer positions.

Tickets are $275.

For tickets and more information, visit www.arts4all.org/gala/index.htm.

East West Bookstore hosts author Temes

Ivan Temes, author of “Care: Bringing Joy to Your Life and Work,” is scheduled to discuss his book 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

A career coach and customer service director to thousands of organizations, Temes will share the common-sense tools and wisdom he acquired through his work building service teams worldwide for companies like Apple Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested.

To reserve a space and for more information, call 988-9800 or visit www.eastwest.com.

Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display

The Los Altos History Museum features “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” 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.

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.

Bookmobile visits LAH

The Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile stops in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 2-3 p.m. every other Friday.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 947-2518.

Environmental Commission

solicits residents’ input

The Los Altos Environmental Commission is developing a Climate Action Plan and requests that residents participate in two surveys designed to analyze energy consumption and travel patterns.

The Residential Energy and Water Use Survey will assist the city in evaluating policies relating to energy and water conservation. The Resident Travel Patterns Survey will gather information on how residents travel.

To participate in the surveys, visit www.losaltosenvironment.org. Complete and return them by Tuesday.

For more information, visit the website or contact Senior Planner Zach Dahl at 947-2633 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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, in Los Altos.

Senior Commission

compiles resource binder

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission has compiled a Resource Information Binder for seniors, their children and their caregivers.

Binders have six categories: Transportation, Education, Food and Meal Programs, Health Services, Housing and Social Participation.

Binders are available at the Los Altos Senior Center Travel Desk, 97 Hillview Ave.; Los Altos City Hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road; the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, 321 University Ave.; the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch library, 1975 Grant Road; and Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Avenidas, LAH

team up for classes

Avenidas and the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee have scheduled an array of courses and clubs designed specifically to enhance seniors’ physical and mental health.

Offerings include Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Stepping Strong (walking), a free Health Education Seminar, Life Stories (writing), a Current Events Discussion Group and a Bridge Club.

Discounts are available for senior courses.

To register or for more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 941-7222 or visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.

El Camino RoadRunners

seeks volunteers

The volunteer RoadRunners Transportation Service, sponsored by El Camino Hospital, seeks volunteers to provide door-to-door service for people who can’t drive or don’t have other ways to get to their medical appointments.

The volunteering schedule is flexible: drive one day a week, a half-day a week or remain on call. Requirements include a California driver’s license, patience and dependability.

Volunteers drive hospital vehicles, and service requires no lifting or physical demands.

Orientation and training are provided, and volunteers benefit from free access to hospital resources, including classes offered through the education department.

To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 988-8213.

For more information, call Bonnie Adamson, RoadRunner coordinator, at 988-7651.

Westwind 4-H group

welcomes volunteers

The Westwind 4-H /Riding Institute seeks volunteers to help groom and lead horses, as well as walk beside riders during lessons.

For more than 30 years, Westwind 4-H has offered weekly riding lessons 4-5 p.m. Monday and Thursday afternoons to children with physical handicaps.

No experience is necessary. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4H.org.

PNG needs volunteers

to mentor local youth

Partners for New Generations, an outreach program that trains mentors, tutors and advocates to support local youth, is recruiting volunteers.

PNG provides tutors for local elementary, middle and high schools students; mentors at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista High Schools; and child advocates for wards of the Santa Clara County Child Dependency Court.

Volunteers are matched to the appropriate school or agency based on their interests, skills and schedules. The time commitment is flexible – some volunteers work one hour per week, others one hour per month or on a project-by-project basis.

The Rotary Clubs of Los Altos and Mountain View, the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and the Los Altos Town Crier and Mountain View Voice holiday funds support PNG’s efforts.

For more information, email Linda Waud at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 691-2434 or visit www.partnersfornewgenerations.org.

Los Altos Legacies assists

seniors and their causes

Community members of all ages who are interested in seniors and their issues are encouraged to join Los Altos Legacies, a group of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults.

The group’s primary goal is to support and manage legacy funds (bequests) and donations that enhance the services of the Los Altos Senior Center and related senior programs. Legacies also provides ongoing influence, advocacy and active guidance to senior-based initiatives.

Board of directors’ meetings are scheduled 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Room 12 of Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

For more information, call 949-5908, ext. 8#.

Assisteens invites

new members to join

Assisteens, an organization comprising approximately 25 young women who attend local junior high and high schools, is open to new members.

The all-volunteer group raises money for projects that assist individuals and families in Santa Clara County through community service projects.

Regular meetings are scheduled 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month September through May at the Chapter House at the Costume Bank, 169 State St., Los Altos.

Assisteens service projects include the Jewelry Extravaganza event, assembling “We Care” toiletry bags for

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