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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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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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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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