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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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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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