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News

LASD opens registration for online strategy sessions

As the Los Altos School District plans how to spend its $150 million in Measure N bond funds, its initial goal is to broaden community input.

Following an April 22 meeting, the district is casting a wider net in the hopes of soliciting feedback from...

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Schools

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but s...

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Community

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


Alda

Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for...

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Sports

Eagles, Spartans advance

Eagles, Spartans advance


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening ro...

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Comment

Giving the thumb to what's done: Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos-area news events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-down: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to put the Walter Singer bust in storage. This is wrong on so many levels – even worse than the initial council decision to tra...

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Special Sections

Planting is possible despite drought

Planting is possible despite drought


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Wash the soilless mix off the root ball into the same container in which you have placed the clay soil from the planting hole. Remove at least an inch from the top and sides of the plant.

In this continuing dro...

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Business

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour,...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

GUY WILSON SHOUP

Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Lo...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Th...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Just looking around could be the most profound homily


Photo By: Town Crier File Photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Union Presbyterian Church’s July Fourth Pancake Breakfast drew a patriotic crowd last year.

When I was in the Boy Scouts, we did a lot of backpacking.

We’d hike in on Saturday, camp overnight and then hike back Sunday. Sundays before we left camp – breakfast over, tents rolled up and stowed, backpacks ready, canteens full – we would have chapel. It was sometimes led by our chaplain, sometimes by one of the Scouts working toward his religion merit badge.

The sermon was always essentially this: “Look around you. We have gotten to see a different part of the world with all this beautiful scenery, with the streams we’ve passed and the forest we’ve camped in. Look around and see what a good God we have.” That was the message every time.

It was fine for what it was. I preached recently on Psalm 19 – King David also had looked around. He had gazed in wonder at the night sky and marveled at what God had made. Psalm 19 begins, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

I love learning about the universe and the wonders it contains – there are billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars, and just in our little solar system, there are incredible things like volcanoes on distant moons that don’t spew lava but weirder stuff (I heard someone say it was liquid methane). How cool would that be to see that in person?

But the truth is, I don’t need volcanoes on distant moons – those Boy Scout sermons were good enough. I look around and see living things that only need air, water, light and a bit of dirt to grow. I can see the great variety of animals and the distant stars, and I know for certain that this world didn’t just happen. It was made.

And while that’s good, it isn’t good enough. David ends the Psalm with a desire to be clean and innocent because of God’s goodness and righteousness. David longed for what he would never achieve. He looked at the world and saw God’s greatness; he looked at himself and people around him and saw that there was something wrong with humanity – a disconnect. It wasn’t until Jesus came that the disconnect was reconnected.

We have a chance to know intimately and deeply the God who created, and we have a chance that David didn’t to be clean and innocent because of Jesus. What David longed for came true in Christ. I invite you to find that, too.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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