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LASD teachers "draw line in sand" as trustees reopen contract negotiations

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Members of Los Altos Teachers Association attend the Sept. 28 Los Altos School District meeting, at which trustees voted to reopen contract negotiations.

Teachers attended last week’s Los Altos School District Board of Tr...

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BCS shares best practices with other schools

BCS shares best practices with other schools

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Administrators from Santa Clara County schools interact with Bullis Charter School students as part of the yearlong educator development program charter school officials initiated this year.

Bullis Charter School has bee...

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LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

Courtesy of Vinita Sud Belani
Los Altos resident Vinita Sud Belani, right, stars alongside actor Puneet in the new EnActe Arts production of “Chaos Theory” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

There are a few conversation topics Vinita Sud Belani broac...

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Spartans stymie Vikings

Spartans stymie Vikings

Megan V, Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High defensive lineman Christopher Suarez picks up a fumble in Friday night’s game against Lynbrook.

Coach Shelley Smith would like to see his Mountain View High football team break the habit of playin...

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Support for the commons: The case for Measure A: Other Voices

As the Los Altos Community Foundation starts its 25th year, I have been thinking about its accomplishments. Certainly there are hundreds of folks whose lives have been impacted for the better, and even more whose lives have been enriched.

But how do...

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Better biscuits with bitters

Better biscuits with bitters

courtesy of Rita Held
Whether they’re dropped or rolled, homemade biscuits welcome fall with a savory/sweet blast of warmth from the oven.

Hardly anything is more satisfying than homemade biscuits warm out of the oven – except perhaps th...

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Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Husband-wife duo Raefer Gabriel and Felice Miller Gabriel co-founded Delvv Inc., a mobile app development company that recently relocated to a colorful office space in downtown Los Altos.

Love it or hate it, most choose to k...

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Family man, NASA Research Scientist, Sunday School Teacher, fisherman, traveler, and long-time resident of Los Altos, Vernon John Rossow peacefully passed away in his home on Monday, September 21, 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth...

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Lost & found: Travel often relies on the kindness of strangers

Some people will only buy a house if it’s brand new or custom built with no former occupants. Whenever you stay at a hotel, however, you’re usually moving in right after someone else has moved out.

Despite housekeeping efforts to sanitize the room, ...

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Stepping Out

'Proof' is in

'Proof' is in

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Hal (Lance Gardner) reviews Catherine’s (Michelle Beck, center) mathematical theorems under the watchful eye of her sister Claire (Ashley Bryant) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Proof.” The play...

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Spiritual Life

Healthy marriages preserve the couple at the heart of a family

I’m watching the marriage of my friends disintegrate. It is painful to watch, and the bad thing is that it didn’t need to happen. You can chalk this article up as general marriage advice, and not specifically a Christian message. But as I...

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Inside Mountain View

Hail to the new fire chief: Juan Diaz looks to maintain department's high standards

Hail to the new fire chief: Juan Diaz looks to maintain department's high standards

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Newly appointed Fire Chief Juan Diaz, pictured outside Mountain View Fire Station No. 1 on Friday, brings more than 30 years of experience to the position.

Mountain View officials appointed Juan F. Diaz the city’s ne...

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Community Briefs

LAUMC hosts Fabric & Craft Sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled a Fabric & Craft Sale 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Hundreds of yards of woolens, brocades, silks, satins and cottons, as well as linings, buttons, zippers, patterns and craft materials, will be available for purchase at bargain prices.

For more information, visit

Presentation addresses fall prevention

Stanford Hospital and Clinics’ injury prevention supervisor Ellen Corman is scheduled to discuss fall prevention and Stanford’s free, home-based program Farewell to Falls 1 p.m. April 18 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The presentation is designed for adults 65 and older who have fallen or are concerned about falling, as well as family members and caregivers.

Emergency services coordinators Mike Sanders and George Hurst of the Santa Clara County Fire Department will also be on hand to share tips, publicize resources and answer questions on personal emergency preparedness.

Co-sponsors of the event include the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission, the cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, the Santa Clara County Fire Department, the Santa Clara County Library District and the Trauma Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Admission is free. RSVPs are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

To RSVP or for more information, call the Los Altos Senior Center at 947-2797.

Westwind 4-H group seeks volunteers

Westwind 4-H seeks volunteers ages 14 and up to assist with recreational horse-riding instruction to children with physical disabilities.

Sessions are scheduled 4-5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through June 6 at the Westwind Riding Institute at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit

‘Los Altos Live!’ slated April 20

“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.

The event features local performers of all ages from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

Proceeds from the Los Altos Cultural Association-sponsored event benefit the Camp Everytown program, which examines stereotypes and prejudice to gain understanding and respect for differences among race, religion and culture.

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. .

LAH Horsemen sponsors 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 $50 gift certificates.

Essays should be no more than 400 words. Any type of art is encouraged. The deadline for submissions is April 19. Mail or deliver material in care of the Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association, Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Peninsula Democrats host

talk on Afghanistan

The Peninsula Democratic Coalition has scheduled Sabahat Rafiq to discuss “The New Great Game, The End of the Afghanistan War and the New Geopolitics” at a luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Rafiq, an international investment banking consultant, entrepreneur and expert on religion and international relations, will address the struggle for political power and control of resources – particularly fossil fuels and water – in Central Asia and adjoining regions. She will review the overall importance of the region to various power players, including Iran and the United States. Rafiq has been a guest on KQED’s Forum Program hosted by Michael Krasny.

Reservations are required for the $25 buffet lunch.

For reservations and more information, call Jim Thurber at 948-8259 or visit

Deer Hollow Farm

hosts spring tours

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled annual Spring Farm Tours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 and May 18 at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

The tours give visitors an opportunity to visit the livestock, including baby lambs, kids and a calf, in their pens; stroll the grounds; tour century-old farm buildings; view the garden; and learn about homestead farming as practiced 150 years ago.

The nonprofit Friends of Deer Hollow farm is dedicated to preserving the historical teaching farm and its 160-year-old homestead for the benefit of the community. Approximately 100,000 visitors annually explore the educational site, which also provides student field trips and summer camp for approximately 5,000 children each year.

Tours feature interactive activities for children and a visit to the Nature Center for hands-on learning. Friends of Deer Hollow Farm’s merchandise booth will offer mementos for purchase.

Tours are $7, free for children under 1. Proceeds support the Deer Hollow Farm and its educational programs.

For directions and more information, call 903-6430, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

‘Place to Call Home’

set to open April 25

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a new exhibition, “A Place to Call Home: Two Centuries of California Living,” April 25 through Oct. 6.

With images, text and artifacts intended to spark interest in local history as shown through the evolution of the typical single-family home in California, the exhibition includes an overview of changes in architectural styles, forms and functions, materials and use of space indoors and outdoors.

To help tell the story, the exhibition examines the technology of everyday life, from letters to rotary dial phones, tablets and smartphones. Kitchen evolution, from an open fire to microwave ovens, is explored through the history of a chicken dinner.

A series of supporting programs and family-friendly activities are scheduled to complement the exhibition.

For more information, visit

Bookmobile visits LAH

The Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 2-3 p.m. every other Friday.

The Bookmobile offers materials to residents who face physical challenges in getting to a library or who don’t live near one. It is stocked with current materials for adults, teens and children, including fiction and nonfiction books in both regular and large print, DVDs, audio books, electronic games, music CDs and magazines. New selections are added daily.

The Bookmobile can be used as a regular pickup location for materials and accepts hold requests.

For more information and specific dates, call the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Department at 947-2518.

Environmental Commission

solicits residents’ input

The Los Altos Environmental Commission is developing a Climate Action Plan and requests that residents participate in two surveys designed to analyze energy consumption and travel patterns.

The Residential Energy and Water Use Survey will assist the city in evaluating policies relating to energy and water conservation. The Resident Travel Patterns Survey will gather information on how residents travel.

To participate in the surveys, visit Complete and return them by Tuesday.

For more information, visit the website or contact Senior Planner Zach Dahl at 947-2633 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SAy Hi helps local seniors

The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos.

Volunteers provide free rides (within a 20-minute drive, with 24 hours’ notice) to destinations such as El Camino and Kaiser hospitals; beauty salons and barber shops; Rancho, Loyola Corners, downtown and local shopping centers; and religious services.

SAy Hi members meet 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Road, in Los Altos.

Senior Commission

compiles resource binder

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission has compiled a Resource Information Binder for seniors, their children and their caregivers.

Binders have six categories: Transportation, Education, Food and Meal Programs, Health Services, Housing and Social Participation.

Binders are available at the Los Altos Senior Center Travel Desk, 97 Hillview Ave.; Los Altos City Hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road; the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, 321 University Ave.; the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch library, 1975 Grant Road; and Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Avenidas, LAH

team up for classes

Avenidas and the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee have scheduled an array of courses and clubs designed specifically to enhance seniors’ physical and mental health.

Offerings include Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Stepping Strong (walking), a free Health Education Seminar, Life Stories (writing), a Current Events Discussion Group and a Bridge Club.

Discounts are available for senior courses.

To register or for more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 941-7222 or visit

El Camino RoadRunners

seeks volunteers

The volunteer RoadRunners Transportation Service, sponsored by El Camino Hospital, seeks volunteers to provide door-to-door service for people who can’t drive or don’t have other ways to get to their medical appointments.

The volunteering schedule is flexible: drive one day a week

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