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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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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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