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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

We ...

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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 ad...

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Food Briefs

New restaurant pairs fast food with flourishes

The Mountain View burger joint The Counter is assembling dishes to order at 2580 W. El Camino Real in the new Village at San Antonio Center.

A chain started in Santa Monica in 2003, the restaurant balances a casual, order-at-the-counter style with a lengthy list of upscale burger fixings, including Danish blue cheese, homemade guacamole, sun-dried tomatoes and toppings like roasted garlic aioli and ginger soy glaze.

Customers can order a burger-in-a-bowl, perched atop greens rather than a bun, or choose from a range of breads including ciabatta and English muffin. Beer, wine and cocktails are also on order.

Arrive prepared to pencil in your pick of protein, toppings, sauce and bun on a clipboard, The Counter’s signature menu style.

For more information, visit www.thecounterburger.com.

East Coast-style subs on the menu in MV

Jersey Mike’s Subs starts serving up grilled sandwiches today just down the street from The Counter, at 624 San Antonio Road. A grand-opening free sub fundraiser, scheduled today through July 21, benefits the Community School of Music and Arts. Coupon-holders can get a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the school.

The sandwich chain originated on the Jersey Shore in 1956 and now operates nearly 100 shops around the country, offering fresh-sliced meats and cheese piled on bread baked in-store.

For more information, visit www.jerseymikes.com.

Make sausage at Hidden Villa

Charcuterie chef Quentin Levy is scheduled to demonstrate Beginning Sausage Making using fresh Italian chicken sausage with fennel, anise and spicy pepper flakes 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Hidden Villa’s Duveneck House, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Participants 21 and over can learn how to make their own homemade sausages, including a classic, cured Sopressa salami, featuring pasture-raised organic pork, Tellicherry peppercorns and Utah pink mineral salt. Learn how to pick the healthiest, most sustainably produced and tastiest ingredients, then sample sausage specialties from around the world paired with wine.

Cost is $65 per person.

To register online, visit www.hiddenvilla.org.

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