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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

SVGives matching grant to benefit TC Holiday Fund

SVGives matching grant to benefit TC Holiday Fund

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has received an Silicon Valley Gives matching grant to benefit the Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund.  All donations made to the Holiday Fund through SVGives up to $1,000 will be matched by the Krishnan Sh...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Schola Cantorum performs free concert, Bach’s ‘Passion of the Christ’

Schola Cantorum and the Stanford Office for Religious Life have scheduled a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The St. Matthew Passion” 7 p.m. March 22 at Stanford Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus.

Schola Cantorum, the Mountain View-based choral ensemble, has waited nearly 50 years to bring Bach’s masterpiece to a Silicon Valley audience. Schola Cantorum Music Director Gregory Wait, head of vocal studies in Stanford’s Music Department, served as director of the Memorial Church Choir for many years.

According to Wait, “The St. Matthew Passion” tells the story of the days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.

“‘The Matthew Passion’ is the last one Bach wrote, and for it he pulled out all the stops – double chorus, double orchestra, six soloists, including a Jesus and a Matthew (the evangelist). It even has a boys’ choir singing chorale hymn-tunes in a couple of the movements,” he said.

When Schola Cantorum set out to prepare for the concert, Wait first divided the ensemble’s 100 members into two choruses so that they could perform their many roles – they provide commentary at the open and close of each half, they interject during arias and they sing the utterances of priests, soldiers, disciples and crowds.

To sing the parts of the leading characters, Schola engaged guest soloists, including tenor Brian Thorsett in the role of Matthew and Kenneth Goodson, baritone and Stanford professor of mechanical engineering, as Jesus. Los Altos Hills resident Christine Abraham, hailed for her “radiant” voice by the Los Angeles Times, will sing the soprano lead. The Silicon Valley Boychoir will join the performance under the direction of Julia Simon.

Performers will sing the “The St. Matthew Passion” in German. Wait said the original language is “so tightly and beautifully fit” to the music that much would be lost to hear it translated to English. A printed Listener’s Guide will enable audience to follow the action of the story.

Wait summed up the personal significance of “The St. Matthew Passion”: “It has for me, and for many people I know, an effect that is almost impossible to express. It has everything – it has emotion, it has drama, it has conflict and reconciliation, but most of all it has enormous, powerful beauty.”

Funding for Schola Cantorum’s presentation of “The St. Matthew Passion” comes from The John Ernest Foundation, whose mission is to promote the advancement of community-changing initiatives to achieve a more positive environment. The foundation sponsored the performance to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

To order tickets, call the Stanford Ticket Office at 725-2787.

For more information on Schola Cantorum, email Mary Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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