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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of ...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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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

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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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

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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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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Cantor director discusses worth, value of art in Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation


Photo By: Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn Tomaino/ Special To The Town Crier

Connie Wolf, director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, addresses The Morning Forum of Los Altos April 16.

As French novelist Marcel Proust wrote, “The voyage of discovery consists of not seeing new landscapes but learning new ideas.”

Connie Wolf, director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, wove Proust’s theme through her April 16 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Art, Is It Worth It? What Makes Art Valuable?”

Wolf came to the Cantor in January 2012, a transformative time that saw the opening of the Bing Music Center, a new building under construction for the Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson American Art Collection, and an adjacent building that will house Stanford’s Art and Art History departments.

Wolf graduated from Stanford University in 1981. Before joining the Cantor Arts Center, she was a Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Arts and Humanities Division, associate director of education at the Whitney Museum of American Art and director and CEO of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Wolf said experiencing art can act as a springboard, prompting new ideas.

“Thinking about a specific painting or art object can lead to questions that impact other disciplines, like science or medicine,” she said.

As an example, Wolf related how a Stanford Hospital hand surgeon was fascinated by the Cantor’s Rodin sculpture collection. As he studied their hands, he realized that they portrayed a medical condition he could incorporate into his practice and brought his medical students to look for themselves.

Conversely, Wolf said, science can lead to research can lead to art. Stanford University founder Leland Stanford asked photographer Eadweard Muygridge to research whether horses hooves ever leave the ground at once. Muygridge’s series of photographs eventually led to the development of motion pictures.

Not every piece of art will speak to everyone – sometimes a different concept takes time to understand. Wolf recounted the installation of a large red Calder sculpture in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., courtesy of a 1960s National Endowment for the Arts grant.

“What does it mean? And why is it only red?” were initial reactions.

The sculpture gradually became an icon featured on city buses and ultimately built community, drawing large crowds around it for city ceremonies.

“The role of art museums is changing over time, with education about art as front and center,” she said.

Wolf cited the examples of the “How We MET” campaign in New York City, which allows visitors to contribute their opinions about what they saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the New York Museum of Modern Art’s “I went to the MOMA because …” public outreach.

She wants Cantor visitors to look at art in a new way and ask questions about it. In particular, she hopes children benefit from experiencing art on site, supported by the Cantor’s recently introduced family programs.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For membership details and more information, visit www.morningforum.org.

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