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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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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

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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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

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


Shaw

Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
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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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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