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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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