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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Los Altos Christian Schools help Ecuadorean school


Courtesy of Los Altos Christian Schools
Los Altos Christian Schools Principal Susan Goff, center, and Vice Principal Evonne Litfin, right, deliver supplies to Eternal Hope, a school in the Ecuadorean rainforest.

Many lessons can be learned outside the classroom, particularly those rooted in the nature of character and taught through action.

One such lesson is the importance of giving to those in need, often taught via classroom fundraisers that motivate students to contribute toward a goal, whether it is buying a chicken for a small village in Africa or helping classmates across the world access technology.

The students and faculty at Los Altos Christian Schools last year decided to raise funds to assist Eternal Hope Christian School in Puyo, Ecuador, establish libraries in its eight classrooms. At an estimated cost of $300 per library, the fundraising goal was set at $2,400. By the end of the school year, students surpassed the target by $200, enabling them to donate a camera as well.

Principal Susan Goff and Vice Principal Evonne Litfin recently delivered classroom supplies to the school of approximately 220 students, similar in size to Los Altos Christian Schools. Eternal Hope, located in the Ecuadorean rainforest, emphasizes English fluency for its students.

The administrators said they found the people of Puyo welcoming and eager to show them their homes.

“It was fun to travel and visit people there, rather than doing the usual tourist thing,” Litfin said. “We were able to meet the school and church board. Everybody was really welcoming and went out of the way to make sure we were seeing the best of Puyo.”

Goff and Litfin observed the differences in culture during the trip: the open-air restaurants and bakeries, the prioritization of family and the strong emphasis on hospitality. Highlights included visiting animal parks and an orchid preserve and standing on the equator. They emphasized the kindness and hospitality of the Ecuadoreans.

“The people are very nice,” Goff said. “Even though they might not have conditions as (comfortable as those) we come from, they were the ones wanting to buy us things and take us places. We kept wanting to do something for them, but they wanted to treat us. Hospitality was very important and they were all so kind.”

For more information on Los Altos Christian Schools, visit lacs.com.

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