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News

‘Brown is the new green,’ says local water district

‘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 spendi...

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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

CARSTEN 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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Mounting costs squeeze juice bar


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Squirt, The Juice Bar at 352 State St. remains a work in progress as owner Guinnevere Stevens confronts financial challenges.

A local business owner is turning to the public to help finance her new juice bar in downtown Los Altos.

Guinnevere Stevens said she must raise $4,000 to install three sinks, as required by the county’s health inspector, to open Squirt, The Juice Bar at 352 State St. To generate funds for the project, the former-nurse-turned-juice-aficionado recently started an indiegogo.com campaign to reach her financial goal.

A recent transplant from Dallas, Stevens conceded in her message to donors that she wasn’t equipped to handle all the permitting requirements and costs related to opening a business in California.

“I wasn’t prepared for all the California restrictions, regulations and permit fees,” Stevens wrote as part of her crowd-sourcing campaign. “I’m a little bit over budget, and the health inspector wants Squirt, The Juice Bar to have three new sinks installed before we can provide our nourishing, healthful juice to the Los Altos citizens.”

Reached by the Town Crier, Stevens said she’s sunk all of her personal savings into her business and hopes to open her juice bar without going into debt. She added that her public plea for help isn’t something she wants to do and understands the reservations some may have about her campaign.

“It’s an extremely humbling experience,” said Stevens, who aims to offer a wide variety of hydraulic, cold-pressed organic juices. “I just want to make juice.”

But Stevens added that she opted for the public campaign because she feels her juice bar is needed in Los Altos. Stevens noted that she uses 70 percent non-root vegetables in all of her juices – and is even planning to offer bone broth for customers’ canine companions. So far, she said, the reception to her ideas has been positive.

“People have been constantly asking me, ‘When are you opening?’” said Stevens, who hopes to open by mid-October. “I feel like Los Altos really wants this.”

Stevens said she plans to help those who help her. A $10 donation, for instance, earns the donor a $10 juice credit redeemable at Squirt.

Although the campaign is still in its early stages (it ends Sept. 30), Stevens is hopeful that she will achieve her goal.

“I think it’s going to be successful,” she said. “There’s a need for this that’s not being currently met.”

For more information, visit squirtjuices.com or indiegogo.com/projects/squirt-the-juice-bar.

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