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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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Community Briefs

Author of apricot book schedules appearances

Los Altos author Robin Chapman’s “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley” (History Press), published in April, has vaulted into the top 10 of the publisher’s 1,200 titles, sending it into a second printing six weeks after publication.

Chapman is scheduled to discuss her book 2 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. The event, free and open to the public, will include a book signing and an “all-apricot reception.”

Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, will host Chapman for its Arts and Lectures program 7:30 p.m. July 30.

Chapman, a Los Altos native, returned to her hometown a few years ago after a bicoastal career as a television journalist, including a stint at KRON-TV in San Francisco. She said she is overwhelmed by the book’s reception.

“I knew I had an affection for the orchards,” she said, “but this response has been great. It is really gratifying.”

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ApricotOrchards.

LA Library hosts summer presentations

The Los Altos Library has scheduled two presentations as part of its 2013 “Beneath the Surface” summer reading program.

• 7 p.m. today in the Program Room of the main library: “Twins from Brazil: Joseph Mengele, ‘Angel of Death.’” Evergreen College biology instructor Mark Okuda will explore how Adolf Hitler hired Dr. Mengele for the sole purpose of studying the biology of twinning. Hitler’s hope was that through the human experimentation on twins, Mengele would create an Aryan race that could dominate the world. When World War II ended, Mengele sought refuge in South America. Is it coincidence that a small town in Brazil has, to this day, an unusually high rate of twin births?

• 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Program Room of the main library: “Lost Santa Clara County.” Photographer and writer Josh Marcotte will share his photos and discuss exploring the forgotten, documenting to preserve for the future, and how his experiences growing up in Silicon Valley inspire his ongoing photo project, “Lost San Jose.”

Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

The Los Altos main library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

Summer Concert Series continues July 11

The Los Altos Recreation Department has scheduled a variety of musical acts to headline its annual Summer Concert Series. The free family concerts are slated 6:30-8 p.m. at Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., or Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave., in Los Altos.

The lineup includes:

• July 11: Daze on the Green, classic rock, Hillview Soccer Field.

• July 18: Sun Kings, Beatles tribute band, Grant Park.

• July 25: Big Bang Beat, rock and soul, Hillview Soccer Field.

• Aug. 1: The Houserockers, classic rock, Grant Park.

For more information, visit www.losaltosrecreation.org.

July 5 has celebration, too: First Friday slated

First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Visitors are invited to browse and shop at the open stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments.

Live entertainment includes Fully Funded, The Sunday Seven, Black Mountain Radio, the Mariachi Band, the guitar duo of Chris Burton and TJ Lascola, and harpist Katherine Healzer.

More than 20 downtown restaurants will prepare a wide selection of cuisines.

Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy downtown, organizes First Fridays to encourage fun, social and community-building evenings for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities. Los Altos Forward is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.

For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.

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