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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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Community Briefs

Library hosts discussion on heirloom gardens

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the program “Growing an Heirloom Garden” 7 p.m. today 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/losaltos.

Musician shares tales of counterculture ’60s

Andrew Bernstein is scheduled to discuss “California Slim: The Music, The Magic & the Madness” 7:30 p.m. June 12 in the Program Room at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Bernstein will share his stories of life amid the 1960s counterculture in Los Altos, Palo Alto and San Francisco. His musical journey began in 1962 when he was the 14-year-old student of an unknown banjo teacher named Jerry Garcia – and ended in 1980 on a Warner Bros. backlot at the premiere party for Willie Nelson’s first movie, “Honeysuckle Rose.”

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

Neutra House film series ends June 13

The third annual Los Altos Neutra House FILM+Conversation Series concludes with “Coast Modern: Modern Architecture from Vancouver to LA,” scheduled 7-9 p.m. June 13 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The film presents homes designed by three generations of modernist architects in the context of their times.

Interviews with some of the most respected modernist designers and historians provide added insight into these masterpieces of modern living.

Admission is $20.

For more information, call 941-4164 or email King Lear at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

EV debuts Baylands exhibition

Earl Junghan’s watercolor paintings of the Baylands are scheduled for exhibition Monday through Aug. 28 at Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Junghans is a Palo Alto architect who paints watercolor landscapes. He uses his architectural training in the way he portrays perspective and represents materials, textures and value. He ordinarily paints plein-air style.

A public reception for the artist is slated 1-3 p.m. June 29 at the EcoCenter. A percentage of sales will support the work of the nonprofit Environmental Volunteers in educating adults and children about the flora, fauna and value of the Baylands in the local ecosystem.

For more information, call 493-8000 or visit www.evols.org.

Westwind 4-H group seeks volunteers

Westwind 4-H seeks volunteers ages 14 and up to assist with recreational horse-riding instruction to children with physical disabilities.

Sessions are scheduled 4-5 p.m. Mondays or Thursdays each week through June 10 at the Westwind Riding Institute at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4h.org.

‘Place to Call Home’ latest museum exhibit

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a new exhibition, “A Place to Call Home: Two Centuries of California Living,” open through Oct. 6.

With images, text and artifacts intended to spark interest in local history as shown through the evolution of the typical single-family home in California, the exhibition includes an overview of changes in architectural styles, forms and functions, materials and use of space indoors and outdoors.

To help tell the story, the exhibition examines the technology of everyday life, from letters to rotary dial phones, tablets and smartphones. Kitchen evolution from an open fire to microwave ovens is explored through the history of a chicken dinner.

A series of supporting programs and family-friendly activities are scheduled to complement the exhibition.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

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