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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


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
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

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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


courtesy of Aurora Singers
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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’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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