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News

"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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Former camper laments loss of nature program: Guest Opinion


Close your eyes and think back to that one remarkable camp experience you wished could last forever, where you met new people and discovered things you didn’t know about yourself. How quickly would you decide to relive it?

I remember my camp experience 10 years ago at Redwood Grove Nature Camp as if it were yesterday. Keith Gutierrez led the camp, enlightening campers about the towering redwoods and the ways the Ohlone Indians survived off the land in years past.

“Ranger Keith” had an enthusiasm for nature that cannot be replicated. Once he left Redwood Grove in 2008, the camp lacked the magic he brought to it.

Gutierrez has worked as a nature guide, teacher and enthusiast for more than 34 years, showing children all over the Bay Area how to stay in touch with and appreciate nature and past cultures. In addition to his time at Redwood Grove, he has worked at Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm, sharing his passion for nature with tens of thousands of children.

Gutierrez now organizes school presentations and oversees summer camps. For the past five years, I have been a camp counselor at his A Touch of the Earth Summer Day Camps, where I have been able to relive and replay my childhood memories.

In recent years, attendance at the camps has declined, and there is now a possibility that this institution of learning could disappear and the experience I had when I was young could end.

Please join me in the fight to help save Gutierrez’ nature camps. As we become a more technologically crazed society, we begin to lose touch with nature and all it has to offer.

A former camper recently wrote to Gutierrez about how his experiences at nature camps shaped who he is today:

“... Thank you for giving me such an amazing opportunity to attend camp at Redwood Grove. You provided me with my favorite camp experience of my childhood, and I have not and will never forget the joy of running free through the creek and eating the succulent blackberries.

“My last year as a camper also turned out to be your last year as caretaker, and now that I’m working for the city as a counselor, I see just how much has changed ... Even though the kids I see every week will never be as lucky to be shown nature through your eyes, I was lucky enough to be given that privilege, and for that I cannot thank you enough.”

Nico Noriega attends Archbishop Mitty High School.

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