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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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