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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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

LAH Horsemen’s group 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 deadline for submissions is Friday.

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 include a pony ride and other gifts for children 8 and under, and $50 gift certificates for the older age groups. Winners will be recognized at a Los Altos Hills City Council meeting in May.

Essays should be no more than 400 words with a concentration on theme development, creativity, writing style, fluency, voice and uniqueness. Any type of art is encouraged, from abstract to traditional. Various media may be used, but work is required to adhere to the theme, feature at least one horse and be created by the student alone. Participants must include name, address and contact information.

Winners will be announced sometime in May.

Mail or deliver essays or artwork in care of the Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association, Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, visit www.lahha.org.

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. Saturday 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 the United States and Iran. 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. Saturday 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 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.

‘A 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 every other Friday

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.

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

For more information, call 752-4242.

El Camino RoadRunners seeks volunteers

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

The schedule is flexible: drive one day a week, a half-day a week or remain on call. Requirements include a California driver’s license, patience and dependability.

Orientation and training are provided.

To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 988-8213.

For more information, call Bonnie Adamson, RoadRunner coordinator, at 988-7651.

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