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LAH council approves  Page Mill Road expansion

LAH council approves Page Mill Road expansion


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Hills City Council endorsed a plan to widen the congested Page Mill Road to six lanes between the Interstate 280 interchange and Foothill Expressway.

Infamously congested Page Mill Road should be widened to ...

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Schools

Local muralist tells a story of young Los Altos at two schools

Local muralist tells a story of young Los Altos at two schools


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Los Altos muralist Morgan Bricca, above, created a work at Covington School commissioned by the Class of 2015.

Just as school ended this year, new color bloomed on two Los Altos campuses – public art projects commissi...

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Community

Los Altos girl out to 'squash' inequality: 10-year-old raises funds for female players with motto Equal pay for play

Los Altos girl out to 'squash' inequality: 10-year-old raises funds for female players with motto Equal pay for play


Courtesy of Lisa Bardin
Mika Bardin displays a certificate of participation she received at the 2015 U.S. Junior Squash Championships. Although Mika is not competing in the upcoming NetSuite Open Squash Championships, she is helping other female pl...

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Sports

Hurdling adversity

Hurdling adversity


courtesy of Nicole Goodwin
Ella Goodwin, hurdling, above, has come a long way since her early-childhood battle with leukemia.

While Nicole Goodwin is proud of daughter Ella’s athletic achievements, it’s not her skills on the soccer field...

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Comment

No confidence in civic center proposals: Editorial

Few Los Altos issues have become more convoluted than the development of the 18-acre Hillview civic center property. Most agree that the area, as currently configured, needs improvement. But nothing has happened in the nearly 10 years since serious d...

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Special Sections

Star-spangled manor: Orange Avenue home boasts Americana theme

Star-spangled manor: Orange Avenue home boasts Americana theme


Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Pinky Whelan’s Orange Avenue home features a patriotic theme, evident in her living room decor, her historical collections and displays and her welcoming entrance.

Let’s hear it for the red...

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Business

Thai Silks shutters Los Altos store this month

Thai Silks shutters Los Altos store this month


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
After more than 50 years in business in downtown Los Altos, Thai Silks is closing up shop at 252 State St. by the end of the month. The store will continue to offer its inventory online and via phone.

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Books

People

ALAN FRAZIER KREMEN, MD, PHD

ALAN FRAZIER KREMEN, MD, PHD

Alan Frazier Kremen, MD, PhD, aged 68, loving father & surgeon, of Stockton peacefully passed away on June 13th, 2015.

Born in Minneapolis on December 17, 1946, he received a BA from Stanford University, 1968, a PhD in Philosophy from the Univ...

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Travel

Venetian spa offers ways to de-stress

Venetian spa offers ways to de-stress


Courtesy of The VEnetian
The HydroSpa in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian in Las Vegas offers a muscle-relaxing bath and radiant lounge chairs.

Vegas cab drivers usually ask if you won or lost as soon as you get in their vehicles. They assum...

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Stepping Out

'Town' closes down

'Town' closes down


Chris Peoples/Special to the Town Crier
Hope Cladwell (played by Krista Joy Serpa) and Bobby Strong (Lewis Rawlinson) get romantic during their duet in “Urinetown: The Musical.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” ...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Living it up Older adults aim to age in place

Living it up Older adults aim to age in place


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Local enthusiasts flock to the Los Altos Senior Center to play bocce ball. The center hosts informal games four days a week and occasional tournaments.

As baby boomers in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View nose...

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Inside Mountain View

Carrying the torch

Carrying the torch


Members of the Mountain View Police Department carry the Special Olympics torch as they run along El Camino Real between Sunnyvale and Palo Alto June 18. Members of the department participate in the relay annually to show their support for Spec...

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Community Briefs

Summer Concert Series continues Thursday

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:

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

• July 18: The 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.

Obon festival scheduled in MV

The Mountain View Buddhist Temple Obon Festival and Bazaar is scheduled 4-10 p.m. July 20 and noon to 8:30 p.m. July 21 at the temple, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The festival, an annual midsummer Buddhist celebration, attracts hundreds of visitors.

The event will include numerous cultural exhibits and a variety of Japanese and Western foods.

Taiko drummers are scheduled to perform 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Hands-on children’s activities are slated 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The Bon Odori dance, with more than 400 dancers dressed in happi coats and kimonos, is set 7-8 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 964-9426 or visit www.mvbuddhisttemple.org.

EcoCenter hosts Baylands exhibition

Earl Junghan’s watercolor paintings of the Baylands are scheduled for exhibition through Aug. 28 at Environmental Volunteers’ EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Junghans is a Palo Alto architect who paints watercolor landscapes. He applies his architectural training in the way he portrays perspective and represents materials, textures and value. He ordinarily paints plein-air style.

A percentage of sales will support the work of the nonprofit Environmental Volunteers in educating adults and children about the flora, fauna and value of the Baylands in the local ecosystem.

For more information, call 493-8000 or visit evols.org.

Diebenkorn exhibition topic of library lectures

Fine-arts docents Mina Shea and Jim Kohn are scheduled to present two illustrated lectures on “Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966,” the current exhibition at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The lectures are slated 7:30 p.m. July 24 and July 31 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 29, explores the dramatic shift from Diebenkorn’s vivid abstracts to his representational style, which played a leading role in the emergence of the Bay Area Figurative movement. The display features more than 120 paintings and drawings from museums and private collections.

For more information on the exhibition, visit deyoung.famsf.org.

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

Author leads digital tour through Chile

Author Wayne Bernhardson is scheduled to present a digital slide show and lecture on his travels through Chile 7:30-8:30 p.m. July 17 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Stretching from the subtropical Atacama Desert to the tip of Cape Horn, Chile mirrors North America’s Pacific Coast. Bernhardson, author of several Lonely Planet and Moon guidebooks, will cover highlights of Chile, including its wine districts; the city of Valparaiso, similar to San Francisco with precipitous hills and a thriving arts scene; and the capital Santiago, tucked between the high Andes and the ocean, a lakes region and fjordlands.

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

LA Library encourages summer reading

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a summer reading program for all ages at its main and Woodland branches.

Those who sign up for the program will receive a bag full of giveaways and be entered in weekly drawings for prizes that include free books and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants. Adults and teens who complete at least five books by Aug. 31 will be eligible for the Los Altos Library’s grand prize, a Nook e-reader, and the districtwide grand prize, a Google Nexus 7 or an iPad Mini.

Adults and teens must register online to be eligible for the drawings. To register, visit www.sccl.org/adults2013.

For more information, stop by the reference desk at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, or the Woodland Branch, 1975 Grant Road.

Nature Gallery hosts First Fridays benefit

Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery, is scheduled to host a wine-tasting fundraiser for the Los Altos First Fridays program 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Nature Gallery, 296 State St., Los Altos.

The event, limited to the first 50 people who register, will feature a silent auction with items donated by local merchants.

Proceeds will support hiring a part-time employee to coordinate First Fridays, organized by Los Altos Forward, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The monthly events are designed to promote community building downtown.

Tickets, $100 per person, are tax deductible. For more information, call Garsten at 327-8700.

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