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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Local innovator, millennial hops aboard transcontinental trains traveling lab


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Autumn Carter is raising money to participate in the Millennial Trains Project, an opportunity to learn more about the world from the window of a train.

 

For a generation of technology-tethered youth in Silicon Valley, fast-paced living is the norm. But for 10 days this summer, a local young woman plans to step back in time as she commutes cross-country on refurbished train cars as part of the Millennial Trains Project.

Autumn Carter, 24, executive director of the Los Altos-based California Common Sense nonprofit advocacy organization, hopes to embark on her journey in August.

Millennial Trains Project founder Patrick Dowd approached Carter last year with his idea to convene 40 entrepreneurial and forward-thinking 18- to 34-year-olds on a traveling “innovation lab.” Carter hopped onboard, creating an online project profile and raising funds. She has collected $1,200 toward her $5,000 July 1 fundraising goal – the cost to secure her seat on the train.

“The train is constantly moving forward,” said Carter of why a train – costly and slower than many other modes of transportation – is the right space for fostering the creative endeavors of the millennial generation. “It starts in one place and actually observes the world at a slower pace where you can take it in.”

Carter views the unorthodox experiential learning experience as the ideal opportunity for cultivating her aspiration to write a book on open-source data case studies. On each of the 10 stops along the Millennial Trains Project’s inaugural itinerary between San Francisco and Washington, D.C., she plans to identify examples of how young people are using data to tackle state and local initiatives in a unique way.

“Data is the most democratizing force moving forward,” Carter said. “Civic engagement is one of the most important parts of being an informed citizen … being able to ask the right questions and to get answers.”

Although Carter envisions that the train journey could build a strong foundation for a career focused on making government data more transparent and accessible to policymakers and the public, she said the relationships she forges with colleagues on the train as well as with people she meets along the way are just as important.

“Millennials believe we can change the world,” she said, “and we think more than that that it’s our responsibility to leave it better off than we found it.”

 

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