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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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Spiritual Life Briefs

LAUMC schedules immigration events

Los Altos United Methodist Church’s Bold Service and Social Justice Committee has scheduled two events that highlight immigration reform. Both programs will be held in the church’s Creekside Center at 655 Magdalena Ave.

The programs are part of the 11-day Immigration Fast and Vigil by members of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View that begins today. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network inspired the fast, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Peninsula Interfaith Action Network. During the fast, various churches will host the group for one day and one night.

• 7-8:30 p.m. Monday: The program will include information on why legislators introduced immigration reform, testimonies from immigrants, an explanation of the proposed reform bill and a review of statewide immigration issues. The gathering will also feature information on how faith communities can get involved in the debate.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday: The program will include two short movies, “A Borderless Dream” and “El Hielo,” followed by discussion. Participants are invited to bring a lunch.

Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit laumc.org.

Foothills Congregational sponsors rummage sale

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled its annual Foothills Fabulous Rummage Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The sale will feature a wide selection of items, including housewares, toys, electronics, jewelry, sporting goods, furniture, books and designer clothing.

During the rummage sale, church members will host a bake- sale fundraiser to benefit a youth mission trip to build a house on the San Carlos Apache reservation.

For more information, call 948-8430 or visit www.foothills-church.org.

LAUMC hosts Master Sinfonia concert

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to host the final Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra concert of the season 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 655 Magdalena Road.

The concert will feature works including Carl Maria von Weber’s “Overture to Der Freischütz,” Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish.”

Tickets, $16-$20, are available online and at the door.

For tickets and more information, visit www.mastersinfonia.org.

Methodist Women hold annual rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will offer a selection of clothing, baby furnishings, toys, books, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, electronics, garden items, sports equipment, jewelry, collectibles and more.

A Quality Corner will feature finer items and antiques.

Lunch will be available both days at a food truck.

The Los Altos United Methodist Women sponsor the sale. Proceeds support local, national and global charities and missions, including the Community Services Agency, the Community Breast Health Program, the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy, Pathways Hospice and the Support Network for Battered Women.

For more information, call Patricia at 948-1083, ext. 122, or visit laumc.org.

LAUMC presentation addresses ‘Terrible 2s’

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled the presentation “The Terrible 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s: Parenting Strategies for Difficult Behavior” 7-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The presentation is designed for parents whose children whine, disrespect others and suffer sleep and toilet-training problems.

Dr. Damon Korb, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician and founder of the Center for Developing Minds in Los Gatos, will discuss the impact of temperament on behavior, children’s needs for healthy development and treatment options.

Korb’s practice specializes in caring for children and young adults who struggle with behavioral issues, learning difficulties, attention problems, social skills deficits and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Admission is open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.

To register and for more information, visit childrenscenterpreschool.org.

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