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Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert

Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
In the wake of an E. coli alert, Los Altos resident Lou Dadok stocks up on bottled water at the downtown Safeway.

California Water Service Co. earlier this week enacted emergency response protocol and alerted hundreds of L...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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