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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Those who live life with Jesus will exceed their potential

Ours is a community filled with people driven by the relentless pursuit to reach their potentials.

Parents spend a lot of time and energy encouraging their children to turn that quest into a reality. Teachers and coaches add their support. Companies expect it – or else. Spouses would love to see their mates peak to their potentials. When it doesn’t happen, they are left to decide how to broach this potentially sensitive subject without a marital blowup.

Chances are that you’re numbered among the majority of people consumed with reaching their potentials. I know your type. I used to be an active, card-carrying tribe member, too. Better, faster, bigger – it propelled me to do more, that I might be more, in my never-ending effort to be all that I could be.

No longer. Today I’m happy to say I’m a “must reach my potential” dropout. I quit your clan. Left. Gone on to bigger and better things. I’m shooting at a new target. No longer do I want to reach my potential – I now want to exceed it.

“And that’s better?” you ask. “Like a Tiger Pastor, high-intensity, enough-is-never-enough, life quest is a palatable solution? You’re kidding, right?”

Well, actually not.

My desire to exceed my potential life is actually God-led, God-driven and God-enabled, which is why I can hardly wait to see what I become. It’s not about what I can do or become, it’s about what God can do in and through me. It will be beyond me because it will be beyond what I could do or be – even if I did reach my potential.

Are you familiar with Jesus’ “I am the vine, my Father is the vinedresser … you are the branches” (John 15:1-5) teaching from the Bible? We at Bridges Community Church recently spent time considering this Napa Valley-like metaphor. Grapes grow on branches that are connected to a vine. Detached branches die, attached branches produce delicious juicy grapes – in abundance if the conditions are right.

That’s what the vintner seeks and works for – fruit, more fruit and even more fruit in ever-increasing proportions. Jesus said it’s possible for the same principle to work in the lives of those who stay vitally connected to God through Jesus Christ. Those who live life with Jesus will exceed their potential. Not due to their intellect or strength. On the contrary, this fruit is God-produced and Christ-like in quality.

The possibility of my life producing Christ-like fruit has me on a different track than the one I ran on for years. Now I’m more interested in a God-empowered life than a self-empowered “what will be is up to me” quest. Sure, I might reach my potential if that were my goal. But why would I settle for that when the God of the universe offers His children so much more? I’d rather live beyond me than be limited by me, and in so doing, exceed anything I could have done on my own.

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

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