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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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Los Altos History Museum fashion show, luncheon features local businesses, residents


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Alison Lindell, left, and her daughter, Dr. Kerry Lindell, will model clothing from Hartman’s Fashions during the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming fashion-show fundraiser.

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its fifth fashion show and luncheon, “Imagine,” 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 10 at the University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

The event will feature local residents as models and area businesses spotlighting their products and services. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.

“We’re showcasing our own local talent, and our wide array of local shopping,” said Ann Oliver, event co-chairwoman.

Co-chairwoman Marilyn Henderson noted that “the variety of fashions available to us right here is amazing.”

“Imagine” is scheduled the Friday before Mother’s Day, so the show will feature many family connections, according to Maureen Fraser, the co-chairwoman who coordinated the models.

The participating models:

• Vicki Oldberg, a Los Altos resident since 1970, will be joined by her granddaughter, Cailin.

• Edinburgh native Alison Lindell will model with her daughter, Dr. Kerry Lindell, and her fifth-grade granddaughter, Avery Biczek.

• Historical Commissioners Denise Welsh, Janis Ahmadjian-Baer and Kristin Baker and Planning Department member Yvonne Dupont will represent the city of Los Altos.

• Karen Bonke and her daughter, Bryn Fenton, will walk the runway, as will Fran Henderson and her daughter and granddaughter, Carol and Brooke Danaher.

• Sisters Kathy Lera and Patty Thompson will model with Patty’s twins, Abbie and Jackson.

• Museum staffer Aja Sorensen, who will be a new mom in August, will model with her mother, LouAnn Barr.

• Amy Lynch, Sheri King, Pat Booth and Mary Tan round out the local cast, with Liz Nyberg returning as master of ceremonies.

“Each time, we find something amazing to wear, for every age and figure type,” Fraser said. “I love that I don’t have to go far to look great.”

The models will showcase fashions from Apricot Lane, Cambric, Chico’s, Gitane, Kula Sweet, Hartman’s Fashions, Oz Boutique, Shunzi, Stuart’s Apparel and Yum Yum Tree.

A boutique will feature unique items from BK Collectibles, Cranberry Scoop, Gourmet Works and local artisan Diane Aristarco Fujimoto. The event will also include a display of historical fashions and a raffle.

Edward and Pamela Taft are majors underwriters of the fundraiser. Marich Confectionery, Mary Kay Cosmetics and the Los Altos Town Crier also support the event.

Prepaid reservations are required, as seating is limited. Tickets are $65 for museum members, $80 for nonmembers.

For tickets and more information, call Aja Sorensen at 948-9427, ext. 14; visit www.losaltoshistory.org; or stop by the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

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