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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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PetReady! program advises animal owners

The Pet Ready! Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness for Animal Lovers Program is scheduled Saturday at Foothill College. The program teaches pet owners emergency preparedness for animals.

In addition to campus tours, the event will include a bandaging demonstration conducted by veterinary professionals and emergency experts and a canine search-and-rescue operation demonstrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Adobe Animal Hospital practice manager Summer Holmstrand encouraged families to attend the event.

“It’s great for all ages,” she said. “It gives (kids and other participants) something they can control when the circumstances may be scary.”

Holmstrand advises pet owners to keep at least four days’ supplies stockpiled in an accessible home location for emergencies,

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, local veterinarian technicians including Carol Schumacher, owner of Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, successfully lobbied the state of California to require animal rescue as part of all state disaster planning.

“Animals are part of our families, and people will put their lives at risk to rescue their animals,” Schumacher said.

Schumacher teaches preparedness to registered veterinarian technicians and is dedicated to securing an animal shelter location for residents in the northern areas of Santa Clara County. She noted that studies show that many New Orleans residents stayed behind as the hurricane approached because they didn’t want to abandon their pets as they retreated to shelters and evacuation locations that didn’t allow animals.

Schumacher plans to participate in this weekend’s Pet Ready! program to help pet owners take the first steps toward being prepared.

“We really have to consider what we’re going to do when the big one hits,” she said.

The Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America hosts the event with the support of Adobe Animal Hospital, Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District.

The Pet Ready! program is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Veterinary Technology Lab, Building 8500-8700, Room 8507, at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Admission is free, as is parking for the first 50 people who reserve a spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

To register or for more information, visit midpen.com/petready.

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