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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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