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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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