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News

Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them

Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier columnist Christine Moore’s holiday drink menu includes her take on the Moscow Mule, the Bucking Reindeer.

Growing up, our dogs were always outside dogs. We lived in the country, which made...

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Schools

Santa Rita visits The Terraces

Santa Rita visits The Terraces


Susie Greenwald’s third-grade class at Santa Rita School has a special relationship with The Terraces at Los Altos, a senior retirement community. The class visits the center once a month to share quality time with the residents, above. The s...

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Community

Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays

Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The holidays present a number of hazards for pets. Be sure to secure electrical cords to keep playful cats at bay.

During the holidays – when people tend to focus more on family and food – pets are often overlooked. But...

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Sports

Owls getting a lot out of a little

Owls getting a lot out of a little


In a typical season for the Foothill College women’s basketball team, coach Jody Craig wouldn’t be satisfied with a 7-4 start and No. 8 ranking in Northern California.

But this isn’t a typical season. Craig had just a few weeks ...

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Comment

Holiday cheer: No Shoes, Please

Admittedly, the holidays are not my favorite time of year. I don’t like sharing streets and parking lots with a zillion other people who need to get their shopping done. I don’t like being reminded by a holiday doomsday countdown clock h...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Pharmacy headed to 400 Main St.

Pharmacy headed to 400 Main St.


Ellie Van houtte/Town Crier
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is scheduled to open a new store in the Jeffrey A. Morris Group’s 400 Main St. project. The new location will open in late February.

A new tenant is slated to call the recently complet...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

MERLYN "DALE" STUBBS

Merlyn "Dale" Stubbs, a 51 year resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away on December 15, 2014.

Dale was born to Harry and Anna Stubbs in Americus, Kansas on February 10, 1926.

When Dale was 9 years old his father, a carpenter, suffered a fatal hear...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA

'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Adrienne Walters stars as Molly and Tim Homsley portrays Peter in the TheatreWorks production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” playing through Jan. 3 at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre.

TheatreWorks’ producti...

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Spiritual Life

The good news: Christmas means the long wait is over

Ah, Christmas! The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the presents are set to be given and received, and preparations are underway to be with family.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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