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News

"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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


Shaw

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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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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