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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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"Gretel" goes on


Courtesy of Pat Bristow
The cast of Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “Gretel & Hansel” includes, from left, Rachel Bratt (as Moxie), Kat Meter (Eek-Mouse), Annika Nori (Princess), Lauren Waite (Shadow) and Lora Maslenitsyna (Magic). The play closes July 28.

Los Altos Youth Theatre is scheduled to present “Gretel & Hansel” through July 28 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The production opened last week.

Written in the style of a British pantomime by Kate Hawley for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, this version of the classic “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale is full of puns and audience participation. The music, composed by Craig Bohmler, features a number of styles – from ragtime to hip-hop.

The play is performed by two rotating casts, which include Paige Decena as Gretel, Timmy Smith and Alex Sanchez as Hansel, Shaina Hammer and Dor Gvirtsman as the witch, Emily Goto as the stepmother, Sarah Hammer as Tom Cat and Renee Remsberg as Kitten Caboodle. The production team includes ej Taylor (director), Gay Richard (choreography), Michelle Markwart-Deveaux (vocal direction) and Madeleine Graham (music direction).

“This show was an enormous hit with audience and cast when we did it nine years ago, and we look forward to sharing it with a new generation,” said Trish Files, LAYT’s artistic director.

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. July 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. July 27 and 28. Tickets are $15-$17.

For advance tickets and more information call 941-0551 or visit losaltosrecreation.org/layt-youth-theatre.html.

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