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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.

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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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Foothill vet tech program offers practical training with small pets


Town Crier File Photo
A Foothill College veterinary tech student handles a recently treated rat at a previous small-pet surgical session.

More than 40 Foothill College students, one instructor and six Bay Area veterinarians are scheduled to perform small-animal surgeries on pets Sunday.

The surgeries will include spay and neuter procedures on rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and mice, as well as teeth trimming on rabbits and a chinchilla. The animals are all clients of the Bay Area-based North Star Rescue and the Cavy Care Guinea Pig Shelter & Sanctuary of Sacramento, both nonprofit organizations. The surgical services are not available to the public, nor can the college accept walk-in animal patients.

The team donates its services and expertise to help the more than 20 small animals become more adoptable.

The animals do not have owners. Event organizers hope that after the surgical procedures, people will adopt them. Many of the patients are rats discovered in the home of a hoarder.

“Veterinary technology is a hands-on job, and students must receive hands-on training to fully master the concepts we teach in the classroom,” said Foothill College Veterinary Technology instructor Sandra Gregory, R.V.T., M.Ed., who graduated from the Foothill Veterinary Technology program in 2001. “The more hands-on training they receive, the more qualified and confident professionals they’ll be when you and your sick or injured pet arrive at the veterinarian’s office.”

Under Gregory’s supervision and working with local veterinarians, the Foothill students from beginning to advanced levels will oversee numerous tasks at the event. Working as two-member teams, each pair will care for two to three animals during pre-op, operation and post-op phases.

“There are no other places that do what we do for small animals,” Gregory said. “There are many spay and neuter events for dogs and cats, but there is nothing like this for small animals at any other vet-tech school or university – nor is there a shelter that does surgeries on this level.”

The small-animal surgery experience is a unique learning opportunity for Foothill students. Participating in multiple surgical procedures is a rare experience that students can add to their professional resumes. In addition, the time students devote to the surgeries can be applied to the program’s required internship hours.

“Everyone benefits from this event – the rescue groups, the students, the animals and the veterinarians,” Gregory said.

If the animals were to undergo the operations at a shelter or private animal hospital, the costs could range from $100 to $300 per animal per procedure.

A combination of classroom lecture, lab assignments and on-site clinical experiences, the Foothill College Veterinary Technology program is one of seven such programs in California and the only one accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education & Activities.

Students who complete the 93-unit program earn an associate in science degree and are eligible for state licensing as a registered veterinary technician.

To be eligible for the two-year program’s admission process, students must complete general education and prerequisite courses.

For more information, visit foothill.edu/bio/programs/vettech.

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