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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

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 Road home April 27 and...

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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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Almond students present ‘Oliver!’


Photo By: Julie Watson/Special To the Town Crier
Photo Julie Watson/Special To The Town Crier

Almond School students appear in a production of “Oliver!” The cast includes, front row, from left Izzie Waite, Andy Arlege and Maddie Elkin. Back Julie Casares, Abby Mesel and Annie Specker.

Almond School will soon channel Victorian England, complete with orphans, pickpockets and high-society ladies and gents, as students present this year’s Drama Club production, “Oliver!”

The children’s production, based on the successful 1960s West End and Broadway shows, originally adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel, “Oliver Twist,” will enlist 86 third- to sixth-graders in roles. Nearly one-fifth of Almond students participate in the play, reflecting the school’s strong dramatic tradition.

Director and fourth-grade teacher Lisa Call said the annual school productions can be a magical experience.

“Anything is possible,” she said. “The joy of watching children learn their parts, perform with others and discover the thrill of watching a show come together is a wonderful experience. They may not remember what they read in a textbook on a particular day, but they will never forget being onstage delivering lines and singing and dancing before hundreds of people.”

Through the Drama Club plays, students can experience the process of producing a show from start to finish, from the initial audition through months of rehearsals, culminating in live performances in full makeup and costume.

Many students describe the play as a highlight of the school year.

“It’s fun to play a role different from my own personality. I feel so confident when I’m on stage, it’s as if I can accomplish anything,” said sixth-grader Abby Mesel. “We are so lucky to have a school play like this one.”

“This is the fourth play I’ve been in with the Almond School Drama Club, and it is the funniest play yet,” said sixth-grader William Schubert. “It’s a clever story, and everyone in the play has a great part. I always enjoy singing and laughing with my friends.”

Call said students have worked “tirelessly” and spent long hours preparing for “Oliver!”

“They are very excited to perform for live audiences,” she said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for me to work with so many enthusiastic and talented children and an experience that I will never forget. The parent support behind the scenes is truly remarkable at Almond. We are very blessed to have their support and help for this show. It would not happen without them.”

The community is invited to “Oliver!” Performances are scheduled 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and June 6-8 in the Almond School Multipurpose Room, 550 Almond Ave. Food will be sold during intermission. Purchasing tickets early is advised, as shows sell out quickly.

For ticket-sale hours outside the Almond School office and more information on the production, visit sites.google.com/site/almondelementary/home/oliver.

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