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News

Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments

Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments


Anne Wojcicki

For the past several years, Anne Wojcicki (Wo-JIT-skee) has been quietly involved in efforts to spruce up downtown Los Altos. She and her husband, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin, helped form Passerelle Investment Co., which own...

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Schools

Foothill fall registration opens Monday

Local residents interested in earning a specialized career certificate, associate degree or updated job skills can enroll beginning Monday when Foothill College opens fall registration.

In addition to its continuing-education courses, the college pr...

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Community

Sports

Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High

Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High


Los Altos High administrators offered Gabe Stewart the job of head baseball coach at Los Altos High even before he could apply for it.

“They approached me – they wanted an on-campus coach,” said Stewart, an AP History teacher at ...

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Comment

A good start – now follow through: Editorial

The recent announcement of a five-year agreement between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School is welcome relief for the entire community. After years of dispute and litigation, the pact is nothing short of a minor miracle.

Among t...

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Business

In the business of fostering business

In the business of fostering business


took over as Los Altos’ new economic development coordinator in May after spending the past two years working as city assistant planner. Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier

Sierra Davis is wearing a slightly different hat these days as a Los Altos cit...

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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

GORDON E. BRANDT

GORDON E. BRANDT

In May of 2014, Gordon E. Brandt passed away after a one and one half year battle with Lymphoma. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Gordon was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 13, 1930. He graduated from Fremont High School in 19...

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Travel

British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises

British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises


Courtesy of Tourism Richmond
Shops, restaurants and museums dot the boardwalk in British Columbia’s Steveston, a great site for strolling.

Picturesque British Columbia has long been on our bucket list, and we recently fulfilled that dream.

We...

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Stepping Out

LA Youth Theatre, LA Stage Company join forces for 'Oz'

LA Youth Theatre, LA Stage Company join forces for 'Oz'


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of “The Wizard of Oz” includes, clockwise from top left, Dana Levy (as Tinman), Rebecca Krieger (Cowardly Lion), Sarah Traina (Scarecrow) and Osher Fein (Dorothy).

Los Altos Youth Theatre and L...

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Spiritual Life

Stanford students study religion through campus artifacts

The inscriptions inside Memorial Church, the death mask of Jane Stanford and the nod to the Egyptian ankh symbol formed by Palm Drive and the Stanford Oval all have one thing in common: Each was a topic of discussion for the students enrolled in a un...

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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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’The Interfaith Experience’: Hidden Villa hosts first youth-led conference in April

Hidden Villa has scheduled “The Interfaith Experience,” its first youth-led day of conversation, information and sharing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the nonprofit organic farm, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

As part of a new social-justice-focused initiative adopted during the organization’s recent Strategic Planning process, the inaugural “Duveneck Forum” will address community building, interfaith conflict and issues of social justice.

“My grandparents continually sought to use Hidden Villa to promote environmental education and advance issues of social justice,” said Hidden Villa board member David Duveneck, grandson of the nature preserve’s founders, Frank and Josephine Duveneck.

More than a dozen local high school youth representing myriad faiths have been involved in planning the topics, workshops and details of the event.

The conference, free to the public (though preregistration is required), is designed for teens, their families and teen leaders.

According to organizers, the goal is two-fold: to teach young people how to bring diverse perspectives together to facilitate positive community building, and for participants to discuss how to use their experiences and beliefs to strengthen one another and make the world a more tolerant and interesting place.

Keynote speakers Sumbul Ali-Karamali and Jim Burklo will kick off the conference. Ali-Karamali is author of “The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing” (White Cloud Press, 2008). Burklo is associate dean of religious life at USC and author of “Hitchhiking to Alaska: The Way of Soulful Service” (St. Johann Press, 2013).

Following a morning session that includes a youth-led panel and small-group interfaith discussions, the afternoon will include interactive workshops exploring how art, nature, dance and issues like discrimination relate to community and faith. The event will conclude with a presentation on how to move from discussion to implementation and a musical celebration.

To register or for more information, call 949-9704 or visit www.hiddenvilla.org.

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