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Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert

Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
In the wake of an E. coli alert, Los Altos resident Lou Dadok stocks up on bottled water at the downtown Safeway.

California Water Service Co. earlier this week enacted emergency response protocol and alerted hundreds of L...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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