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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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