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News

"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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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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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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