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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

Downtown festivities mark First Friday

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

The evening offers 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 will perform on the State Street Green (between First and Second streets).

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

Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy downtown, organizes the First Friday events to provide a fun, social and community-building evening 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.

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 films 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.

The lineup:

• Aug. 9: “RV.”

• Aug. 16: “Back to the Future.”

• Aug. 23: “March of the Penguins.”

To accommodate the event, Main Street is 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.

For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

Diebenkorn exhibition topic of library lecture

A fine-arts docent is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966,” the current exhibition at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The presentation is slated 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 29, explores the dramatic shift from Diebenkorn’s vivid abstracts to his representational style, which played a leading role in the emergence of the Bay Area Figurative movement.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

LA Library encourages

summer reading

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a summer reading program for all ages at its main and Woodland branches.

Those who sign up for the program will receive a bag full of giveaways and be entered in weekly drawings for prizes that include free books and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants. Adults and teens who complete at least five books by Aug. 31 will be eligible for the Los Altos Library’s grand prize, a Nook e-reader, and the districtwide grand prize, a Google Nexus 7 or an iPad Mini.

Adults and teens must register online to be eligible for the drawings. To register, visit www.sccl.org/adults2013.

For more information, stop by the reference desk at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, or the Woodland Branch, 1975 Grant Road.

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