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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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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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