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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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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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