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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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A delightful drive down ‘Avenue Q’


Photo By: JOYCE GOLDSCHMID/SPECIAL TO THE TOWN CRIER
Photo Joyce Goldschmid/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Avenue Q” features, from left, David Mister (as Trekkie Monster), Nicole Julien (Gary) Coleman and Warren Wernick (Nicky).

The verdict is in concerning Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Avenue Q.” The decision: Guilty of being hilarious.

The play’s main characters are puppets, each with human actors as their alter egos. It’s a musical about Princeton (Foothill College student Anthony Chan), a young, rudderless college graduate pushing 30 who is trying to find purpose in life. His love interest, Kate Monster (Mylissa Malley), yearns for a meaningful way to help needy monster children. The sexy and voluptuous Lucy (Cassie Blake) vies for Princeton’s interest.

Nicky (Warren Wernick) is jobless and lazy but nice. Rod (Tomas Theriot) is a closeted investment banker who allows Nicky to live rent-free in his apartment. Both actors are veterans of Bus Barn Stage Company, which in April changed its name to Los Altos Stage Company.

Other main characters include puppets Trekkie Monster (David Mister), who sounds an awful lot like Cookie Monster of “Sesame Street” fame, and Gary Coleman (Nicole Julien), a former child actor, now superintendent of an apartment house on Avenue Q, along with human characters Brian (Adam Cotugno) and Christmas Eve (Kathryn Han), who eventually marry.

Supporting characters Bad Idea Bears (Mark Sanders and Jen Wheatonfox, who also plays Mrs. T) round out the cast.

A band with Mark Hanson on keyboard, Ryan Delpier on bass and Mark Cepeda on drums ably accompanied the songs and music, reminiscent of “Sesame Street” ditties.

Director Michael Ryken said that the actors also work the puppets to reflect the dialogue and songs. The technique required training by a professional puppeteer, and that their arms ached until they got used to holding them up throughout the play.

“Avenue Q” contains mature content not appropriate for children, but most adults should love the music and risqué comedy.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. June 16. For tickets ($18-$36) and more information, call 941-0551 or visit www.losaltosstage.org.

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