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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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A La Carte & Art festival returns to MV’s Castro Street this weekend


Photo By: Courtesy of Miramar Events
Photo Courtesy Of Miramar Events

Visitors to Mountain View’s Ala Carte & Art festival on Castro Street this weekend will find a wide selection of fine art.

Mountain View’s 17th annual A La Carte & Art event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Castro Street, between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue. This year’s festival honors Cinco de Mayo.

West Coast artists and craftmakers will offer original works in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry and fine art.

“We have many emerging new artists this year joining longtime event favorites,” said Dana Hale-Mounier, coordinator of Pacific Fine Arts, organizer of the artisans. “Festivalgoers will find unique, original art and fine crafts with a variety of price points for personal purchases, gifts or additions to private collections. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists.”

Vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, wind chimes, and waterfalls will be among the items available for purchase.

A lineup of 10 bands will play two days of Latin, classic rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, dance and party music on stages and the street. Performers include the Mariachi Trio Estrellas De Oro, The Garage Band, Zebop, The Retro Rockets, The Bell Brothers, The Road Dogs, Bob Culbertson, Oscar Reynolds, Ancient Winds and Emerson & The Growiser Band.

Vendors will dish up an array of food, including chicken tikka masala, veggie samosas, spiced lamb and chicken pita sandwiches, salads, falafel, tri-tip, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, teriyaki chicken plates, sweet-and-spicy Peking chicken wraps, deep-fried catfish nuggets, jambalaya, baked beans, Cajun-smoked andouille and Portuguese linguica sausages. Wines, microbrewed beers, margaritas, sangria and mimosas are also on the menu.

More than a dozen producers of artisan specialty foods will offer samples of and sell olive oil, barrel-aged vinegars, salad dressings, mustard blends, preserves, marinades, honey products, pepper, spices, nuts and Kona coffee.

Growers from the Mountain View Certified Farmers’ Market will be on hand with strawberries, cherries, apricots, asparagus, flavored almonds, pistachios, walnuts and honey.

The Kids’ Ton of Fun Zone will include rides, hula hooping, a 24-foot climbing wall, bungee jumping, inflatables and bounce houses, a remote-controlled NASCAR racetrack, feather hair extensions, face painting and temporary henna tattoos.

The A La Carte & Art classic-car show, sponsored by Hot San Jose Nights, will return this year with muscle cars. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 964-3395 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

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