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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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CTC launches Summer Rep Series with ‘Dangerous Corner’

California Theatre Center (CTC) last month launched its Summer Rep Series, scheduled to run through July 21 in the Sunnyvale Theatre at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive.

The series features a professional resident company of actors in a rotating repertory format comprising three shows: “Dangerous Corner,” by J.B. Priestley; “Lost in Hollywood,” by Gayle Cornelison, with music by Jeffra Cook; and “The Women,” by Clare Boothe Luce.

Opening production “Dangerous Corner” is about a group of posh Brits at a cozy country retreat where lies, betrayals and dramatic disclosures abound.

Freda and Robert Caplan host a dinner party for their young, beautiful and successful colleagues and friends – all executives at a transatlantic publishing company. A musical cigarette box and an ill-considered remark spark a relentless series of revelations, and other, more dangerous secrets are painfully exposed. Was it better not to pry into matters that should be left alone? As the truth spills out, the group’s perfect lives begin to crumble.

Next comes the family-friendly “Lost in Hollywood,” which follows the adventures of Richard Nelson, an aspiring actor delighted to get his big break with a new movie studio.

But Richard soon discovers that his path to fame will be challenging: the script is not likely to win any awards; his director has no experience; his co-stars have more ego than talent; and the camera operator is new to movie-making. But, actors must be optimistic, and Richard is certain he can act and sing his way to stardom – no matter the vehicle. The performance includes quirky characters, upbeat songs and the sometimes-humorous growing pains of a new and burgeoning industry.

The final production, “The Women,” is centered on a group of gossipy Manhattan socialites. An all-female cast plays a host of colorful characters in this classic, which touches on themes relevant today, including marriage and divorce, socioeconomic class, female friendship, standards of beauty and the role of women in the modern world.

CTC Summer Rep performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (no shows July 4-6), with matinees scheduled 3 p.m. some Saturdays and Sundays. Each opening night includes a complimentary champagne reception following the performance, while each Sunday performance features a post-show discussion with the cast.

Tickets are $10-$26.

For tickets and more information, call (408) 245-2978 or visit www.ctcinc.org.

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