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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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