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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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