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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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Take heart in assurance that the other side of trouble is joy

My job as a pastor would be a lot easier if it weren’t for trouble. Call it job security, I guess, but however you look at it, our world is filled with trouble.

When Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble,” He wasn’t kidding. Not even close. We wish He would have said, “You won’t have trouble” or even “You might have trouble.” Anything but “You will have trouble.”

But He was right. And because of that, a lot of my work as a pastor is centered on helping people deal with and move through trouble in healthy ways, assisting the hurting in getting up after hardship knocks them down and considering ways they can take heart while they suffer with heavy hearts.

However trouble comes, be it a loss of health, the death of a loved one, an unexpected pink slip, a financial crisis or a relational meltdown, it can devastate one’s emotional, spiritual, relational and physical well-being. I wouldn’t have a clue how to help those on the brink of losing heart in the aftermath of some unexpected problem if Jesus hadn’t warned us and told us how to deal with troubles.

I recently taught on John 16, where Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” I was intrigued by the three words that follow that statement. Without those three words, His audience would have been left discouraged and depressed. The three words: “But take heart.”

At first glance, that doesn’t seem very helpful. In fact, it seems as unhelpful as when something bad happens and someone comes up to you and says, “Cheer up!” Or in the midst of a catastrophe, Annie comes along and starts singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow.”

But Jesus didn’t end with “But take heart.” If you have a Bible handy, I encourage you to take a look at John 16, where Jesus gives some very practical training on how to “take heart” when you’re struggling with a heavy heart. That was precisely the condition Jesus’ followers were in at the time. They had left everything to follow Jesus for the previous three-and-a-half years, and suddenly Jesus was just going to leave them?

He told them that the grief they were feeling would only be for “a little while” and that one day it would be replaced with joy. The troubles, pain, confusion and fear we face in this world are only for a while. It’s not the end of the story. Jesus told them to think about what they were going through like a mother in labor – incredible pain, but she knows on the other side of the pain lies a bundle of joy that will make the pain she endured worth it.

Jesus took to heart His own counsel. While He was enduring the cross for us, He focused on the joy that awaited Him on the other side of the pain. Beyond the crucifixion was exhilarating joy. That knowledge lifted Jesus’ heavy heart just as it can lift ours.

So when your life is filled with trouble, remember that it’s part of living in this world. We can’t escape it. No one can. But we can look beyond the times of pain and fear and confusion to the joy ahead for those who trust God with their lives. The other side of trouble is joy.

If you take Jesus’ words to heart, it will do your heart good.

The Rev. Dave Gudgel is lead pastor of Bridges Community Church, 625 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. For more information, visit www.connectbcc.org.

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