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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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Fine Art in the Park features 70 new artists


Photo By: Courtesy of Los Altos Rotary Club
Photo Courtesy Of Los Altos Rotary Club

The clothing and jewelry art of Lindy Lopez of Los Altos will be available for purchase at this year’s Fine Art in the Park show.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 38th annual Fine Art in the Park show is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 in Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Local interior designer Lara Pai serves as artist coordinator for this year’s event. She has developed relationships with dozens of fine artists over the course of her design career.

Pai and her team of seven jurors screened an array of new artists for the show, selecting a record 70 new participants.

After contacting fine-arts organizations in San Francisco, Carmel and Los Angeles for recommendations, Pai instructed the artists to submit representative pieces for evaluation.

Pai created a new accolade this year – “Jury Featured Artists,” recognition for the 35 artists who received the jury’s top votes. The jury based its selections on uniqueness, scale, use of color and use of materials, especially in mixed media. Blue and gold balloons and stars will designate the award-winning artists’ booths.

Current and past mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will select and present the blue-ribbon Mayor’s Choice Awards to their favorite works of art and publicly honor the artists.

Three Los Altos artists are slated to exhibit their work at Fine Art in the Park:

• Terenia Offenbacher uses mixed media on wood panels with found objects to create portraits in Modigliani style.

• Stephanie McClean paints contemporary landscapes with a focus on California open spaces and parks.

• Lindy Lopez specializes in textiles.

The Rotary Club’s Young at Art competition will display winning entries from students at six local high schools at the gazebo in Lincoln Park. Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery at 296 State St., is scheduled to recognize winners and their families at a reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, during the monthly First Friday event. The Rotary Club will honor the winners at an awards ceremony May 23.

In addition to the selection of fine art for sale, Fine Art in the Park will feature entertainment and a food court.

Lincoln Park is located at University Avenue and Foothill Expressway.

For more information, visit www.rotaryartshow.com.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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