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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.

Those interested ...

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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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’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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