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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Local actress plays lead role in Albee play opening in San Francisco


Courtesy of Athea Lazara Photography
Los Altos Hills actress Taylor Brock rehearses her role as Stevie in the upcoming production of “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” with co-star Richard Aiello.

The music of a melancholy tune Taylor Brock heard as a child during a Broadway production of “Oliver!” captured her heart.

When the actors performed “Where Is Love?” the Los Altos Hills resident knew she was destined for a career onstage

Brock’s mother and father were thespians who met while auditioning for a play on Broadway but eventually pursued other occupations. After a childhood in Buffalo, N.Y., Brock followed suit, forging a practical professional path for a young women of the time – nursing.

“They didn’t encourage me at all,” Brock said of her parents’ response to her interest in acting.

Only after working as a nurse, marrying and starting a family did Brock rediscover her love of acting – an artistic medium that seemed to be “in her blood,” she said.

With the support of her husband and two children, Brock works full-time as an actress, spending much of her time in Los Angeles doing guest spots on TV shows and in San Francisco performing in the theatrical productions.

Stepping onstage

When Brock steps onstage at San Francisco’s Phoenix Theatre next month to play a wife dealing with the upheaval of unexpected revelations in her picture-perfect family in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?,” she will add another intriguing character to the long list of credits she has accumulated over her 25-year career.

Unlike her guest spots on TV series such as “Criminal Minds” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Brock will have an opportunity to delve deeply into her character in “The Goat,” scheduled to run Aug. 9 through 24.

Brock said she doesn’t simply memorize a script – she strives to understand why a playwright wrote the words for her character and what the deeper meaning of those words might be.

Her process should prove particularly advantageous as she prepares for “The Goat.” Brock noted that theatergoers should anticipate a play that challenges social norms.

“Expect to go for a ride,” she said. “The play should end with (the audience) thinking about how they would handle the situation.”

Although Brock has never experienced a situation similar to her character Stevie’s – a mother who struggles with the consequences of familial relationships when it is revealed that her husband is cheating on her and her son is gay – she said she relates to her character by calling on life experiences that evoke similar feelings.

“What would you do in this situation?” she asked of a sequence of surprising events that befall her character in the Tony Award-winning play, which debuted on Broadway in 2002. “She is a mother who was so happy, and then everything crumbles.”

In addition to preparing for her role in “The Goat,” Brock wears a second hat as co-producer of the play with co-star Richard Aiello.

As she balances her schedule among rehearsals, classes and auditions, Brock said she makes sure to spend quality time with her family.

Motivated by how much she learns about herself through each acting experience, Brock said she has no plans to step away from show business.

“It’s a passion,” she said. “There are going to be hard times and rejection, but if you love it … that’s what motivates you.”

For more information on Brock, visit taylor-brock.com.

To purchase tickets for the Member Production Code’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St. in San Francisco, call (800) 838-3006 or visit thegoat.brownpapertickets.com.

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