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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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 ad...

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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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