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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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’Passport to Tanzania’ benefit supports orphanage in Africa


Photo By: Courtesy of Friends of Children Concern Foundation
Photo Courtesy Of Friends Of Children Concern Foundation

Betsy Collard, back left, of Mountain View and KC Cannon, third from left, of Menlo Park visit staff members and children at the Children Concern Foundation, an orphanage in Tanzania. The two women, who founded a nonprofit organization to support the orphanage, have scheduled a fundraiser Saturday.

Africa may be thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, but two local residents are bringing it closer to home at “Passport to Tanzania,” the inaugural fundraiser for an orphanage on the road to the Serengeti region.

The benefit, scheduled 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Ave. in Menlo Park, will feature wine tasting, appetizers, desserts, silent and live auctions, African music and the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit Friends of Children Concern Foundation (CCF), dedicated to helping orphans in Tanzania. Auto Vino will offer guests a look at more than 50 vintage and exotic cars not usually on display to the public.

Mountain View resident Betsy Collard and KC Cannon of Menlo Park organized the event, which they said aims to provide guests with a view of a “very different world” and a chance to be part of a journey that can change the lives of children at the CCF orphanage.

In addition to Collard and Cannon, the event committee includes, among others, Jane Reed and Dorothy Rosenthal of Los Altos and Jan Carey and Lisa Lane Kasperzak of Mountain View.

Collard first visited the orphanage in 2011 when she traveled to Tanzania to celebrate a clinic opening for Maasai women and children and to go on a safari.

“We stopped at the home where 36 children, ages 4-16, lived in a small, cramped, rented house,” she said. “There was no electricity, no place for the children to play, and they slept two or three to a bed. I fell in love with the children. When I returned to the U.S., I vowed to do what I could to help these children.”

Collard approached Cannon, a longtime friend who also had a passion for Africa. Together, the women established the nonprofit organization committed to providing the children with a safe living environment, education, access to medical care and hope for a better future.

“The orphanage receives no government assistance and currently depends entirely on donations from tourists who stop on their way to a safari, just as we did,” Cannon said. “Often, especially during the heavy rainy season, there is not enough money for food.”

By Tanzanian law, orphans are not allowed to be adopted and are only allowed to live with family members willing to care for them.

Collard and Cannon have made several trips to Tanzania to visit the children and help the staff. Friends of CCF has raised funds to support the facility’s operational costs and enabled the purchase of a few acres of land for a permanent home.

Tanzanian vocalist and songwriter Erica Lulakwa, a drummer and other musicians will perform at “Passport to Tanzania.” Auction items will include an African safari and other trips, artwork, wine and gift certificates for local restaurants. Guests will have an opportunity to support the orphanage by participating in the Make-A-Difference Appeal.

Tickets are $95 per person, with a portion tax deductible.

For tickets and more information, call Collard at 969-0217 or Cannon at 561-4838; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit www.childrenconcern.org.

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