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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


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The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Community Briefs

Library Endowment sponsors essay contest

The Los Altos Library Endowment is sponsoring an essay contest centering on The Virginia Whipple Collection at the Los Altos Library.

The collection, which honors the library’s most generous donor, comprises a complete set of The Great Courses offered by The Teaching Company. Library cardholders are invited to submit short essays on how one or more items in the collection made a significant impact on them.

Essays should be no longer than 500 words.

Two prizes – $200 for first place, $100 for second – will be awarded by April 24.

The deadline is 6 p.m. April 12.

The contest is open to participants of all ages, however those under 18 require permission from an adult to participate. Entrants must pick up a copy of the contest rules and entry instructions at the Adult Reference Desk at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Submit entries via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop them off at the library’s Adult Reference Desk.

For more information, visit www.sccl.org/locations/hours-and-locations/los-altos/news.

Horsemen’s Association offers essay contest

The Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association is sponsoring a student art and essay contest with the theme “Why I Love Horses in the Hills.”

The contest is open to children in Los Altos Hills. Judges will award prizes in three age categories: 8 and under, 9-12 and 13-17. Prizes will include a pony ride and other gifts for children 8 and under, and $50 gift certificates for the older age groups. Winners will be recognized at a Los Altos Hills City Council meeting in May.

“Our goals are basic: to promote interest in horses and to recognize how horses make our community unique,” said association member Jolon Wagner.

Essays should be no more than 400 words, with a concentration on theme development, creativity, writing style, fluency, voice and uniqueness. Any type of art is encouraged, from abstract to traditional. Various media may be used, but work is required to adhere to the theme, feature at least one horse and be created by the student alone. Participants must include name, address and contact information.

The deadline for submissions is April 19. Winners will be announced sometime in May.

Mail or deliver essays or artwork in care of the Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association, Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, visit www.lahha.org.

French Fair benefits nonprofit Partners

The eighth annual Peninsula French Fair, “A Day in France,” is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23 at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Visitors will have an opportunity to browse booths featuring vendors and artists offering a wide range of services and unique products. Highlights of the fair include a fashion show with the latest creations from French designers, French music and crepes and pastries from French bakeries.

Proceeds from the event benefit fair co-organizer Partners for New Generations, a local nonprofit agency that provides mentors and tutors to aid students with challenges in local schools. For more information, visit www.pngmvla.org.

For more information on the fair, www.frenchfair.org or www.facebook.com/frenchfair.

features Marmol

Architect Leo Marmol is scheduled to discuss his firm’s design work and approach to restoration of homes designed by notable 20th-century architects 6 p.m. Thursday in Hillview Community Center’s Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. A catered reception follows at Los Altos Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.

Marmol, managing principal of the Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner, is the sixth speaker in the 2012-2013 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture + Design Speaker Series. The firm’s restoration projects include early modernist homes like Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, Rudolf Schindler’s Eliot House and John Lautner’s Garcia House.

The Los Altos Neutra House sponsors the speaker series, designed to provide an opportunity to explore trends and traditions in architecture and design in a casual setting.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 students. The reception is $20 per person, subject to space availability.

For tickets and more information, visit www.neutrahouse.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Panel discusses refugee crisis

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled a panel on “International Humanitarian Law and the Growing Crisis of Refugees and Displaced People” March 20 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30.

Participants include Katie Zoglin, international human rights lawyer; John Regas of the National Intelligence Council; and Hans Van de Weerd, executive director of the International Rescue Committee. The presentation will touch on international humanitarian law, technical tracking and the growing crisis of refugees from regional conflicts.

For more information, visit www.worldaffairs.org/community/chapters/peninsula.html.

Pops Orchestra performs Sunday at Foothill

The California Pops Orchestra has scheduled a concert, “Big Band Hits from the 30s, 40s & Beyond,” 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The performance will feature hits by Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington as well as an appearance by the Black Tie Jazz Band and singer Pierce Brandt.

Tickets are $37-$42, $15 for youth under 18. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For tickets and more information, visit www.californiapopsorchestra.com/index.html.

‘Los Altos Live!’ auditions slated

“Los Altos Live!,” the fifth annual talent show featuring local performers, is scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Auditions are scheduled noon to 4 p.m. April 6 and 7 in Room 803 at Los Altos High.

Proceeds from the Los Altos Cultural Association-sponsored event benefit the Camp Everytown program.

For more information, call Mike Abrams at 954-5999 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Encore! event encourages involvement

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Partners for Elder Generations has scheduled its annual “Encore! Investigate Your Passion and Get Involved” event 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Encore! is an interactive event for adults 50 and older featuring more than 25 nonprofit exhibits, lunch and a panel discussion on encore career opportunities.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, visit www.rotarypeg.org.

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