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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. 

Residents could cast their votes as soon as November on a bond measure to partially fund the redevelopment of...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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Comment

What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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LAH resident wild about spice business

Los Altos Hills resident Jane Evans recently decided to spice up her life by starting an at-home business.

The benefits go beyond making money. As a full-time caregiver for her husband, Henry, physically immobile due to a stroke, Evans became a representative for Wildtree Spices because she loves the healthful nature of the products and the company’s home-sales component allows her to hold parties and have fun.

“My husband is loving it,” she said. “I throw a tasting party and we see people we haven’t seen in years.”

Evans said she joined primarily because she appreciated the approach of Wildtree founder Leslie Montie of Rhode Island, who started the business in 1996 as a mother concerned about her children’s allergic reactions to conventional spices. The founding mission was to provide natural, nutritious, delicious and easy-to-prepare products.

“I was really touched by that story,” said Evans, who added that she has tried and enjoyed most of the 60-plus products offered, all certified organic and fat free.

She has hosted 40 tastings since starting the business in November. She has learned to tie items such as fresh rosemary, grapeseed oil and celery salt to a variety of healthful meals that prove easy to make.

Evans said Wildtree spices enhance meals that can be put on the table in 20 minutes or used in slow-cook items like spaghetti sauce. She also has conducted “freezer meal” workshops to demonstrate how to prepare meals in advance.

Although some home-based, direct-sales businesses don’t have the greatest reputations, Evans, a self-described skeptic, said she is completely sold on Wildtree.

“Wildtree has online training as well as help in all levels if you ever need to speak to a live person,” she said. “The support is amazing.”

Evans said the upfront costs are approximately $100 plus shipping, for a total of roughly $115.

“That’s the cost of a grocery bill,” she said. “If you find the business is not working, you can literally eat your starter kit since it’s all food products. … What I love the most is that it’s your own business. You can spend very little time on it or make it a career.”

Evans said her health has improved since starting the business.

“I went to the doctor and saw my cholesterol numbers coming down,” she said.

For more information, call 279-3768 or visit mywildtree.com/janespices.

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