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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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