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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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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

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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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

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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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

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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