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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

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 laumc.org.

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 www.westwind4h.org.

‘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 www.peninsulademocrats.com.

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 www.fodhf.org.

‘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 www.losaltoshistory.org.

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 www.losaltosenvironment.org. 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 www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.

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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