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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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