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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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Community Briefs

Foothill fundraiser features gem sale

The Foothill Commission has scheduled the “Foothill Is a Gem Fundraiser” 4-6 p.m. Friday in the Campus Center Dining Room at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Jewelry showcased at the event includes earrings, hair combs, mixed-media amulets and necklaces.

Many of the featured pieces are from the collection of Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, who owns a gallery of couture costume items from the New York-based Lunch at The Ritz and San Francisco-based artist Masha Archer. Miner will be on hand at 5 p.m. to share the stories behind some of the key pieces from her extensive collection.

All artisans donate a percentage of their sales to Foothill’s nonprofit Stretch to Kindergarten program and Family Engagement Institute (FEI). FEI provides educational opportunities for underserved families with children. Stretch to Kindergarten is a tuition-free, parent-participation readiness program that offers low-income children support to transition into kindergarten.

A $20 tax-deductible donation is requested. Parking for the event is free. Lots 1 and 2-A provide access to the Campus Center.

The all-volunteer Foothill Commission supports the students, programs and services at the college. Local residents are invited to join the commission, which operates under the auspices of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

For more information, visit www.foothill.edu or email Foothill Commissioner Carla Stevenson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library hosts talk on heirloom gardens

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the program “Growing an Heirloom Garden” 7 p.m. June 5 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Photographer and author Rosalind Creasy will present an illustrated lecture on how to select, grow and cook with heirloom vegetables. She will also discuss how to find heirloom varieties of flowers like Love-Lies-Bleeding, Love-in-a-Puff, old roses and sweet peas.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

Egyptian belly dancer visits Los Altos

The Soraya Zayed Dinner and Dance Show is scheduled 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday in Mirage Hall, 4926 El Camino Real, Los Altos.

The evening will include a Mediterranean buffet 7-9 p.m., a dance show headlined by Zayed 8:30-10 p.m. and DJ music and dancing 10-11:30 p.m.

Zayed, one of the top belly dancers in Egypt, mixes her Brazilian training with Middle Eastern passion.

Tickets are $60.

To purchase tickets, visit sorayashow.brownpapertickets.com.

While in Los Altos, Zayed will teach two-day workshops at Hala Dance Company Saturday and Sunday at Mirage Hall.

For more information on the workshops, call (408) 246-1129 or visit www.haladance.com.

Relay For Life revs up June 15, 16

The 10th annual Relay For Life of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills is scheduled 10 a.m. June 15 to 10 a.m. June 16 on the track at Egan Junior High School, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fund- raiser, invites local residents to participate in a 24-hour walk designed to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who have died of the disease and fight back by raising money for research.

To volunteer, register, donate and for more information, visit www.relayforlife.org and search for “Los Altos” or “94022.”

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