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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Community Briefs

Los Altos PREPARE hosts monthly meeting

Members of the Los Altos PREPARE program invite local residents to attend their monthly meeting 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos.

Los Altos PREPARE, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, engages residents, emergency response agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that the community is prepared to respond to major disasters and emergencies.

For more information, call 888-2610, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit losaltoscf.org/losaltosprepare.

Hoedown brings music to LAH Sept. 7

Los Altos Hills has scheduled its annual Hoedown 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road.

The event will feature bluegrass music by Sidesaddle & Company, a riding demonstration by 4-H and Pacific Ridge Pony Club members and soap-making, leather-tooling and textile-arts demonstrations.

Children and their families can participate in craft activities and games with prizes.

To host a table of games, crafts or garden harvests, call Sarah Gualtieri at 947-7518 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CSA honors Hometown Heroes

The Community Services Agency has scheduled its annual Hometown Heroes Recognition Breakfast 7:15-9 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Microsoft Corp. Silicon Vlley Campus, Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Hometown Heroes recognizes local community members and businesses that have positively impacted the community.

This year the event will honor Los Altos residents and community volunteers Jean and Barbara Mordo and past and present Mountain View City Councils.

Tickets are $45 per person. Those who would like to sponsor a table of 10 can call 968-0836, ext. 115, or email Jim Boin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For tickets and more information, email Christina Sudairy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tour de Coop flies again

The second Silicon Valley Tour de Coop is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

The Tour de Coop is a self-guided bicycle tour of local chicken coops, gardens and beehives. The goal of the ride is to inspire production of healthful and sustainable food supplies for surrounding communities.

The owners of more than 32 coops have applied to be included in this year’s event. After registering, tourists will receive a map of the tour route.

For more information, call 793-0475 or visit tourdecoop.org.

Train Days rolls in to History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled Train Days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The annual event showcases model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars, complete with steam, lights and sound, will speed along rails. Visitors are invited to explore and ask questions about the gauges and scales associated with American and Asian model railroading layouts.

In 1907, Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto to Los Gatos.

Mirroring railroad development through the years, Train Days tracks the transition from early steam locomotives to diesel engines and electric and high-speed passenger trains – all scaled in miniature.

Food, beverages and train items will be available for purchase.

Admission is $5 per person, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Santa Clara Corvettes sponsors car show

Santa Clara Corvettes has scheduled its 37th Annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show Sept. 22 on Main Street in Los Altos. Registration will open at 8 a.m., followed by judging at 11 a.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m.

The show, one of the largest all-Corvette events on the West Coast, will feature approximately 165 new, classic and racing Corvettes lining both sides of Main Street. Main will be closed to car traffic from First Street to San Antonio Road but will remain open to foot traffic.

In addition to showcasing Corvettes, the event will include a live band, raffle prizes and vendors.

Admission is free. A portion of proceeds benefits local charities.

For more information, call David Johnston at (408) 255-2183 or Ray Taylor at (510) 656-2301, or visit sccorvettes.org or wscc.ws.

LAH organizes ‘Old Timers’ event

The Los Altos Hills History Committee has scheduled an “Old Timers” gathering for people who have lived in town for 35-plus years 2-5 p.m. Oct. 20 under the oak tree at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The event will offer attendees the opportunity to share memories and reconnect with old friends.

Snacks and wine will be served.

RSVP by Oct. 10 to City Clerk Deborah Padovan at 947-2513.

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