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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


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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Community Briefs

GreenTown hosts festival Sunday

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the Green Day on the Green festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the State Street Green.

The event, with an “Earth Day” theme, will feature 20 environmental groups and businesses that sell green products. A Water Magic Show is slated at 11:30 a.m., music by Black Mountain Radio from 12:30-3:30 p.m., solar cooking demonstrations all day and raffle drawings hourly.

For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

Simitian holds office hours at Farmers’ Market

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian has scheduled sidewalk office hours 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market on State Street.

Visitors are invited to ask questions about county government or share feedback on any issue.

For more information, call (408) 299-5050 or 965-8737.

Los Altos lights up the screen

The Los Altos Village Association hosts “Friday Movie Nights” 8:30 p.m. Friday through Aug. 23 in downtown Los Altos.

The family-friendly movies are shown on a big screen at the intersection of Main and Third streets.

The gatherings feature pre-movie festivities that include a bounce house, a face painter and a balloon artist.

The lineup:

• Friday: “RV.”

• Aug. 16: “Back to the Future.”

• Aug. 23: “March of the Penguins.”

To accommodate the event, Main Street is closed between Second and Third streets beginning at 5 p.m. Visitors may set out chairs, sleeping bags, blankets and picnics beginning at 6 p.m.

Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

Mountain View screens movies in city parks

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and the Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled Summer Outdoor Movie Nights 8:30 p.m. Friday and Aug. 16 in Mountain View parks.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy light refreshments while watching the movies.

The lineup:

• Friday: “The Lorax,” Whisman Park, 400 Easy St.

• Aug. 16: “Hotel Transylvania,” Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.

For more information, visit mountainview.gov.

LA Library encourages

summer reading

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a summer reading program for all ages at its main and Woodland branches.

Adults and teens who complete at least five books by Aug. 31 will be eligible for prizes.

To register, visit sccl.org/adults2013.

For more information, stop by the reference desk at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, or the Woodland Branch, 1975 Grant Road.

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