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Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert

Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
In the wake of an E. coli alert, Los Altos resident Lou Dadok stocks up on bottled water at the downtown Safeway.

California Water Service Co. earlier this week enacted emergency response protocol and alerted hundreds of L...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Community Briefs

‘Young at Art’ reception set for Friday

The “Young at Art” reception is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday at Nature Gallery, 296 State St., Los Altos.

The reception, which takes place during the monthly First Friday event, will celebrate young artists and their teachers. Winning works from six area high schools will be on display in the gallery showroom.

For more information, call 327-8700.

Hidden Villa offers plant sales Saturday

Hidden Villa has scheduled two plant sales 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Members of the California Native Plant Society will sell natives plants from their nursery, and Hidden Villa’s agriculture team will offer plant starts for garden produce.

For more information, visit www.hiddenvilla.org.

Terraces sponsors dementia discussion

The Grove at The Terraces at Los Altos has scheduled the presentation “New Trends in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care – The Best Friends Approach” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Creekside Center at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program will feature David Troxel, an internationally known authority on dementia care, and a panel of local residents involved in caring for people with dementia.

For more information, call 948-8291 or visit www.abhow.com/tlagrove.

Library hosts talk on beekeeping

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the presentation “Beekeeping with Wayne Pitts” 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Pitts, expert beekeeper and owner of Uvas Gold Apiary, will discuss raising honeybees. The interactive class will feature live bees (enclosed in a hive), beekeeping equipment and honey samples.

For more information, call the library at 948-7683.

Pandemonium Aviaries opens for tours

Pandemonium Aviaries has scheduled behind-the-scenes tours of its rare-bird conservation facility in Los Altos Hills 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 and 12.

The Mother’s Day Weekend Bird and Garden Tours feature family-friendly guided tours of the facility’s gardens and habitats for its exotic, endangered birds.

Tickets are $75 adults, $35 youth and free for children under 3. Box lunches are available with advance purchase for $20.

A Music in the Garden event featuring flamenco guitarist Freddy Clarke and wine and hors d’oeuvres is scheduled 4-6 p.m. May 11 at the aviary. Pandemonium Aviaries CEO Michele Raffin will lead a tour. Tickets are $150.

Proceeds support bird care and the breeding program.

The facility is usually closed to the public. The location will be disclosed upon ticket purchase.

To schedule a tour or for more information, visit www.SupportBirds.org.

Library reviews Internet security programs

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the presentation “Internet Security Review” 1-3 p.m. May 19 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Presenters will offer practical introductions to and simple explanations of basic encryption programs that can be installed on computers. The programs, coupled with suggested methods of Internet searching, help maximize privacy for computer files and Internet transactions.

Volunteers will assist attendees one-on-one and in small groups to select, download, install and configure several programs.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

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