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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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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

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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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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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