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News

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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‘Q’ comes to an E-N-D


Photo By: JOYCE GOLDSCHMID/SPECIAL TO THE TOWN CRIER
Photo Joyce Goldschmid/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Avenue Q” features actors and puppets. Front row, from left, are actors Anthony Chan (as Princeton) and Warren Wernick (Nicky). Back David Mister (Trekkie Monster), Kathryn Han (Christmas Eve), Jen Wheatonfox (Bad Idea Bear) and Nicole Julien (Gary Coleman). The play is slated to close Saturday at Bus Barn Theater.

This is the final week to catch Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Avenue Q.” The comedy is scheduled to close Saturday at Bus Barn Theater.

With a cast of puppets and humans, “Avenue Q” has been described as “‘Sesame Street’ for adult audiences.”

It is an irreverent musical comedy about Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who moves to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone’s looking for the same things: a decent job, a stable relationship and a life purpose. Eventually, Princeton learns to embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes that the real world isn’t so bad after all.

The play features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and book by Jeff Whitty. Lopez and Marx based it on an original concept.

“Avenue Q” won the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in 2003.

Michael Ryken directs the Los Altos Stage Company production, which features music direction by Mark Hanson.

The cast includes Anthony Chan (as Princeton), Cassie Blake (Lucy), Mylissa Malley (Kate Monster), Warren Wernick (Nicky), David Mister (Trekkie Monster), Mark Sanders (Bad Idea Bear Boy), Adam Cotugno (Brian), Kathryn Han (Christmas Eve), Nicole Julien (Gary Coleman), Tomas Theriot (Rod) and Jen Wheatonfox (Bad Idea Bear Girl and Mrs. T).

Due to adult situations, “Avenue Q” may be inappropriate for children under 13 or people who are easily offended.

Shows are slated 7:30 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn, 97 Hillview Ave. Tickets are $18-$36.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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