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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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Piecing it together : Mosaic artists show their work downtown at Main Street Cafe


Apala Egan/Special to the town Crier
April Maiten is among the artists slated to exhibit their mosaics at Main Street Cafe & Books throughout August.

Longtime Los Altos Art Club member April Maiten is putting the pieces together.

Maiten founded “Full Spectrum Mosaics: Artists of Silicon Valley,” an artists’ network, four years ago. Mosaic work is a distinctive field of art wherein artists use a variety of materials, including glass, ceramics, semiprecious stones, rocks, metals and any other items that might catch their fancy.

“Creating mosaic art is a lengthy process,” said Maiten, a Los Gatos resident. “It may take weeks to complete a piece, and an item might take up to a hundred hours to make.”

Maiten is among the artists scheduled to exhibit their mosaic works at Main Street Cafe & Books in Los Altos during August.

Two Los Altos residents, Kathy Richardson and Vaishali Sanghavi, are slated to display their artwork. The participating artists are set to appear at the cafe noon Aug. 31.

Richardson’s work consists mostly of architectural pieces such as backsplashes and panels for fire pits, with bold and dramatic elements in vibrant colors. Sanghavi creates a number of smaller pieces that highlight attention to detail.

Glass by its very nature is heavy, so manipulating the individual pieces can be difficult, Maiten said of her process. She added that outdoor mosaics require a different set of glues and only certain types of material are suitable for external displays.

“Within the world of fine arts, people tend to view mosaics more as a craft rather than an art form, and some museums will not want to show it,” she said. “People see our work and appreciate it for what it is.”

According to Maiten, there is an entire range of things artists can do with mosaics.

“Mosaics have been discovered in ancient Greece and Rome, too,” she said. “We would like to make those in the business of art view it as a form of art as well.”

The Bay Area boasts a number of mosaic artists, and Maiten said community support is especially strong in the Los Altos area.

Los Altos Hills hosted a juried exhibition at town hall, and the Los Altos Senior Center has displayed mosaic artwork. Restaurants such as Brian’s, The Original Pancake House and Main Street Cafe & Books have supported the mosaic artists’ efforts as well.

Main Street Cafe & Books is located at 134 Main St., Los Altos. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit aprilarts.com.

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