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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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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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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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