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"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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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


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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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Camp Galileo expands local offerings


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Summer Quest camper Eli Jarvis sands the steering wheel on his go-kart at Santa Rita School last month.

Camp Galileo, the longtime Los Altos summer camp provider, expanded its offerings this year to include incoming fifth- through eighth-graders in its Summer Quest program.

Summer Quest allows participants to pick a “major” and perform in-depth work in one topic during one-week sessions. Classes available in Los Altos include Video Game Design, Fashion Design, Go-Kart Builders, Chefology and Inventor’s Workshop.

“By fifth grade, we think kids have this ability to find their passion and go deep on something and experiment in one field, so we offer this wide range of options from the arts to the tech to the builders and makers,” said Jessica Ellis, lead curriculum designer for Camp Galileo programs.

Camp Galileo for younger students, a Los Altos mainstay for many years, combines art, science and outdoor activities.

Mentors and the small, team-oriented classes aim to inspire campers to pursue their passions, organizers said, creating “burgeoning visionaries” in the process.

In the Video Game Design class, students spend the week learning how to create a video game with challenges and levels. The Fashion Design class exposes students to the basics and introduces skills such as altering garments to match students’ unique styles. Students in the Go-Kart Builders class construct go-karts, customizing their vehicles based on their tastes and what they think would enhance their speed.

Kim Marcis, Los Altos camp director, said she really enjoys the quality of the curriculum.

“We develop innovators that can envision and create a better world,” she said. “So through our curriculum we are teaching a mindset, teaching a process to be creative and be visionary – basically have an idea and really go with it.”

Marcis added that the Summer Quest and Camp Galileo experiences allow students to learn differently.

“I have two kids, and when I think about what kind of values I want to instill in them, I want them to believe that their ideas are worthwhile and worth pursuing,” she said. “This type of thinking is not as encouraged in a classic classroom setting. That is why I think having this camp experience is so valuable.”

A recent tour of Summer Quest showed students engaged in variety of activities, from selecting steering wheels for their go-karts to altering clothing. Each class boasted instructors trained to help campers realize their personal visions and boost their decision-making skills.

Galileo Learning, an Oakland-based company that operates summer enrichment camps throughout the Bay Area, designs programs to emphasize a hands-on curriculum that promotes creativity, innovation and teamwork, according to organizers.

Using the Galileo Innovation Approach, camp organizers said, the programs teach children to innovate without fear of failing, building their creative confidence through a curriculum that complements school-year academics and “delivers all the fun” of summer camp. Offerings were developed in collaboration with the Chabot Space & Science Center, the de Young Museum, Klutz, The Tech Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center.

For more information, visit galileo-learning.com.


Camp Galileo - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/ Los Altos Town Crier

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