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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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Father’s Day fun: Run a race, drink a beer, stay a night

If dad likes to exercise, drive to Carmel this weekend for Father’s Day and sign him up for the Run in the Name of Love 5K coastal run or 2K walk.

The annual race honors the late Brian James Love, a Carmel native and captain of the University of Virginia snowboarding team, who died three months shy of graduation during team practice in 2005 when his snowboard hit a tree. The race began as a tribute to the 22-year-old, who was practicing in secret to run a marathon to surprise his mother, Susan, a runner.

Those who participate in Run in the Name of Love can honor their loved ones by including a tribute in an online book. A 150-character message costs $3 and a photo $5. Runners can order tribute bibs before the race.

The 5K run begins 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Center Plaza, San Carlos Street and Ninth Avenue, 8:40 a.m. for the 2K walk, which is open to dogs on leashes. Participating dogs will receive free bandanas and biscuits. The finish line is located on Scenic Road at Eighth Avenue.

An awards ceremony and raffle are scheduled 9:45 a.m. in the Del Mar parking lot at the base of Ocean Avenue. The entry fee includes a raffle ticket, but participants can purchase more at three for $10. The event ends at 11 a.m.

To register online – $35 for the 5K, $25 for the 2K – visit www.run4love.org through noon Friday. Space permitting, in-person registration, $40/$30, is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Cultural Center and 6:30-8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Center Plaza.

Proceeds benefit the Big Sur International Marathon’s nonprofit youth fitness program, Just Run. Sponsors of the race include Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Boutique Inns, Doctors on Duty, Hot Diggity Dog, Carmel Bakery and the Carmel Art and Film Festival.

For more information, visit run4love.org.

• The 2013 Monterey Beer Festival is on tap 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a VIP ticket), at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road.

The annual event features beers from 80 breweries, including Grand Teton Brewing, Sierra Nevada and Speakeasy Ales & Lager.

Main Stage entertainment includes tribute rock bands Wild Turkeys, Powerage and Joel the Band. The VIP Stage hosts Chicano All-Stars and Jake Nielsen’s Triple Threat.

General admission tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. VIP tickets are $65/$75. Parking is $10-$20. Other packages, such as a party pass and a Friday night Cannery Row beer and food pairing event, are available for purchase.

For tickets and more information, visit www.montereybeerfestival.com or call (831) 372-5863.

• Those attending the Monterey Beer Festival might consider staying at the Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, on Fisherman’s Wharf.

The hotel invites guests to “pick a perk” through July 14. Guests can choose from a free breakfast for two, self-parking, a bottle of house wine or Wi-Fi.

The hotel boasts two restaurants – Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, a full-service eatery with private dining room, and Peter B’s Brewpub, a craft brewery. A nearby full-service spa appeals to both leisure and business crowds.

Like many hotels on the Monterey Peninsula, the Portola welcomes pets, offering treats, pet sitting and walks, as well as doggy daycare in the neighborhood. A $50 pet fee covers the entire visit.

Amenities include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, organic bath products and free on-demand movies.

Rates start at $199 per night.

For more information, visit www.portolahotel.com.

Contributing editor Eren Göknar is a journalist and lifelong traveler. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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