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"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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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


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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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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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