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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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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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