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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Used-book sale raises funds for library


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community volunteer Darwin Poulos, right, sorts materials for the group’s upcoming used-book sale.

Biblophiles from around the Bay Area should be swooning this weekend when Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community hosts its quarterly used-book sale.

With approximately 30,000 books for sale in 25 categories, visitors will be swimming through stacks of titles as they peruse the offerings 6:30-9 p.m. Friday (members only), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

“The two heaviest periods for donations are summer and Christmas vacations,” said Elayne Dauber, Friends of the Library executive board president. “We are literally drowning in books.”

Children’s, teen and foreign-language books are the largest genres on hand, but the sale will also feature an abundant selection of fiction, science fiction and graphic novels, as well as CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles, sheet music and games.

Dauber noted that shoppers can expect the unexpected. In the past, Friends of the Library has received donations that include a kimono, art prints and even a rare, out-of-print book that belonged to Stanford University. Stanford’s library personnel were “very happy to get it back,” Dauber said.

Nearly 25 percent of the books are sold within the first two days of the sale, according to Dauber, who recommended an early arrival for the best selection. The group limits Saturday sales to 15 books per shopper.

As the sale winds down on Sunday, shoppers can stock their bookshelves for $5 per bag.

To process the nearly 240,000 donated books the group receives annually, 60 Friends of the Library volunteers meet weekly year-round to sort and organize books for the sales. Dauber estimated that 100 volunteers are scheduled to work the summer sale.

Friends of the Library raises an average of $50,000 annually from its quarterly used-book sales to supplement the needs of the Los Altos Library. Proceeds support various programs and purchases for the best-seller collections at the library. The group intends to spend some of this year’s revenue to purchase a 3-D printer.

Visitors are encouraged to bring boxes or bags for storing their purchases.

All sales are cash only.

For more information, visit losaltoslibraryfriends.org.

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