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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

Library hosts talk on English gardens

Author Thomas J. Mickey is scheduled to discuss his book on English gardens 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Mickey’s book, “America’s Romance with the English Garden” (Ohio University Press, 2013), chronicles how the seed and publishing industries collaborated to encourage English garden designs through marketing efforts and color printed catalogs.

Mickey is professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He attended Boston University, the University of Iowa and the Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College.

For more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3511, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit sccl.org.

Red Cross blood drive slated Friday

The Red Cross has scheduled a mobile blood drive 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in Spooncer Hall at St. Simon Catholic Parish, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code MTVIEW84.

Immigrant House social scheduled Sunday

Friends of Immigrant House has scheduled an ice cream social noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Mercy-Bush Park on the corner of Mercy and Bush streets in Mountain View.

The event is designed to promote the effort to preserve Immigrant House, a circa-1880s structure that housed immigrant families in the city’s early days.

“We are focusing on the humble origins of Old Mountain View via the historical 1880s-era Immigrant House, home of laborers who built the city and farmhands who worked in the orchards,” said Mary Kay Marinovich, a descendant of immigrants.

Activities will include live entertainment, raffles, prizes, games and the unveiling of a “Save Immigrant House” song with Mountain View High School student Cindy Ho playing on violin.

Marinovich led efforts to preserve the 400-square-foot house, which faced demolition earlier this year to make way for a new Bryant Street office building. She raised funds to move the house to a temporary location. Mountain View city councilmembers have since approved relocating the structure to a city-purchased property on Rengstorff Avenue.

For more information, visit facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Immigrant-House/463720156983669.

Program addresses Facebook security

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a “Facebook Security Review” 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The library’s Nicholas Clayton will review account settings, privacy settings and how to manage updated Facebook settings windows.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

Dance festival begins Monday

The Mountain View-based Lively Foundation has scheduled its second International Dance Festival – Silicon Valley Monday through Aug. 25 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The festival, a project of the nonprofit Lively Foundation, includes workshops and performances that showcase dancers, choreographers and teachers in an effort to broaden residents’ exposure to dance and expand interest in and enjoyment of dance.

For a schedule of classes, venues and costs, visit livelyfoundation.org. For more information, call 969-4110 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Downtown features Friday-night movie

The Los Altos Village Association’s “Friday Movie Nights” features a screening of “Back to the Future” 8:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

For more information, visit www.downtownlosaltos.org.

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