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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

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

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Art on the go: How SF museum closure inspired the upcoming "Project Los Altos"


Photo By: Courtesy of SFMOMA
Photo Courtesy Of Sfmoma

Artist Jeremy Blake&#8217s &#8220Century 21&#8221 is from his series &#8220Winchester, 2004.&#8221 Blake is among the artists participating in &#8220Project Los Altos SFMOMA in Silicon Valley.&#8221

When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closed for renovations June 2, curators launched the two-and-a-half-year expansion project with traveling “SFMOMA On the Go” displays.

One outreach exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” is scheduled to open in downtown Los Altos and run from Nov. 9 through March 2.

Taylor Robinson, former co-director of Passerelle Investment Co., knew a trustee at SFMOMA with whom she discussed the company’s mission to revitalize downtown Los Altos.

“We introduced ‘Project Los Altos’ to Passerelle and they said it would be great” to see contemporary art in the city, said SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop.

Last fall, Robinson and Amanda Tevis, a former co-director of Passerelle, approached Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and City Manager Marcia Somers with the idea.

“I said yes immediately,” said Somers, adding that she is now focusing on what the city can do to enhance the experience for Los Altos residents.

Although the city “doesn’t have the kind of money to contribute cash,” Somers said, it plans to “contribute in-kind.”

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier has pledged his support, and Somers foresees the Public Arts Commission developing an educational component to “Project Los Altos.”

“Public art enhances life in the community, and here we have a strong history of that,” Somers said.

Because the exhibition is scheduled around the holidays, Somers added that organizers count on new visitors to Los Altos who may have just driven by in the past.

Passerelle Director Brooke Ray Smith, who earned two degrees in urban planning, deems public art “a hot topic right now as a way to catalyze community vitality.”

Smith said she hopes “Project Los Altos” will redefine contemporary art for audiences.

“It’s not really a scary thing that has to be in whitewashed walls in echoing hallways,” she said. “It’s something that you can experience every day that you might walk by in the downtown.”

The museum chose nine artists to participate in “Project Los Altos,” two whose projects have ties to the city and seven with newly commissioned works.

The exhibition, scheduled at various venues in Los Altos, both indoors and out, will include the work of artists Jeremy Blake, Spencer Finch, Charles Garoian, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Katerina Sedá, Alec Soth and Jessica Stockholder.

The works of Blake and Garoian boast Los Altos connections. The Winchester Mystery House inspired Blake’s “Winchester” animation trilogy from the SFMOMA collection. Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester rifle fortune and the violence on which it was built, owned the 100 acres that later became the city of Los Altos.

Garoian’s video of a performance-art project, “Drill Team: Homecoming Parade 1974,” features his Los Altos High School art students. (For more on Garoian, see the June 12 Town Crier).

For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org/about/press/press_exhibitions/releases/960.

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