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News

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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Save the Date

Save the Date is an ongoing feature geared to notices of special events planned by area nonprofit organizations. To add your event to the list, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunday

Meet elected officials of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, 1-3 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Town Crier. Information: 383-5590.

March 14

Partners for New Generations Volunteer Open House, 6-7 p.m. at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Office Boardroom, 1209 Bryant Ave., Mountain View. Information/RSVP: 766-2162 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

March 16

Bridge Benefit fundraiser, 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. Sponsored by the Los Altos/Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women. The event includes ACBL-sanctioned duplicate and party bridge, plus silent auction and board games for the bridge-impaired. Funds provide scholarships for local eighth-grade girls to attend Stanford Tech Trek Science Camp. Information/sign up: 967-1193.

“Mardi Gras Gala 2013,” fundraiser for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, 5:30-10 p.m. at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto. Information: 917-6800, ext. 303, or www.arts4all.org/gala.

March 23

Easter Egg Hunt in downtown Los Altos, 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association. Free for children ages 1-10. Information: 949-5282.

March 24

Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair, noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic School, Mountain View. Information: www.zimbabweparaguay.net.

April 20

“Los Altos Live!” 7:30 p.m. in Eagle Theater, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave. Annual talent show sponsored by the Los Altos Cultural Association. Proceeds benefit the Camp Everytown program. Information: 954-5999 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 27

“Sapphire Soiree,” 6 p.m. at Menlo Circus Club, Atherton. Gala fundraiser for the El Camino Hospital Foundation. Information: 988-4189.

May 10

Los Altos History Museum fashion-show fundraiser, noon to 2:30 p.m. at the University Club, Palo Alto. Information: 948-9427 or www.losaltoshistory.org.

May 18

66th Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, 10 a.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: www.losaltoskiwanis.org.

May 18 and 19

Los Altos Rotary Club Fine Art in the Park, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park. Information: www.rotaryartshow.com.

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