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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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Special Sections

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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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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