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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Community Briefs

Los Altos lights up

the screen

The Los Altos Village Association hosts “Friday Movie Nights” 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9-23 in downtown Los Altos. The family-friendly movies are shown on a big screen at the intersection of Main and Third streets. The weekly gatherings feature pre-movie festivities that include a bounce house, a face painter and a balloon artist.

The lineup:

• Aug. 9: “RV.”

• Aug. 16: “Back to the Future.”

• Aug. 23: “March of the Penguins.”

To accommodate moviegoers, Main Street will be closed between Second and Third streets beginning at 5 p.m.

Visitors may set out chairs, sleeping bags, blankets and picnics beginning at 6 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. All movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

Sponsors of “Friday Movie Nights” include Passerelle Investment Co. and Le Boulanger.

For more information, visitdowntownlosaltos.org.

Farmers’ Market hosts ‘Kids’ Day’ Thursday

The Los Altos Village Association has scheduled “Kids’ Day” at the Farmers’ Market 4-8 p.m. Thursday on State Street.

“Kids’ Day” will feature entertainment and activities geared to children of all ages.

Children can taste the difference between peaches and nectarines and vote for their favorite, make crafts that emphasize healthful eating and participate in piñata games for prizes. The Kids’ Farm Stand and the Pumpkin Pitch Game will return this year.

The weekly Farmers’ Market invites local farmers to sell heirloom variety fruits and vegetables that they grow themselves.

Specialties of the season include corn from Hollister, strawberries from Watsonville, peaches, nectarines, pluots and apricots, organic and Asian vegetables, tomatoes, baked breads, eggs, fresh fish and grass-fed beef from certified growers and gourmet food purveyors.

For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org/events/fm.html.

First Friday scheduled downtown Aug. 2

First Friday festivities in downtown Los Altos are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Aug. 2.

The evening will offer games, activities and a drawing for visitors of all ages. Stores and galleries will remain open to accommodate browsing and shopping, many offering First Friday discounts and complimentary refreshments.

More than 20 downtown restaurants will serve a wide variety of cuisines.

The Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra of Silicon Valley is slated to perform a variety of numbers, ranging from classical to modern favorites, on the State Street Green (between First and Second streets).

For programs, more information and to register for the drawing, visit the First Friday headquarters on the State Street Green.

Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy downtown, organizes the First Friday events to provide fun, social and community-building evenings for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the surrounding communities.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.

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.

The lineup includes:

• Thursday: Big Bang Beat, rock and soul, Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave.

• Aug. 1: The Houserockers, classic rock, Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave.

For more information, visit losaltosrecreation.org.

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