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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Rolling on the river: Scenic Columbia tour offers history, hikes and waterfalls


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
The Columbia River’s Bonneville Lock and Dam, built circa 1933, attracts engineering enthusiasts.

The spectacular view from the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

If you’re anywhere near Portland, Ore., make time to travel along the grand waterway to see the amazing waterfalls from Troutdale to Dodson. Guided outfitters shepherd hikers through, or you can drive the historic Columbia River Highway, stopping at each of the parking areas to hike the trails up. Cute bed and breakfasts pop up along the route, and there’s plenty of antiquing as well.

Stop first at Crown Point’s Vista House, an art-deco building built circa 1917 as a “haven for travelers,” according to a plaque on the wall. The house also serves as a memorial to the Oregon pioneers who first saw the Cascade Range and majestic Mount Hood in the distance.

The Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Natural Landmark. The structure’s floors are made of Alaskan marble. Friends of Vista House, a nonprofit organization, runs a gift shop that sells history books and souvenirs as well as an espresso bar for the caffeine-deprived.

Once you leave Crown Point, follow the greenery for the next five miles or so to several beautiful falls – Latourell, Shepperd’s Dell, Bridal Veil and Wahkeena.

Several picnic tables and state parks along the way invite visitors to take in the views and perhaps stop for a bite to eat.

Before long, you’ll reach the awe-inspiring, 620-foot Multnomah Falls. Trails lead from the Multnomah Falls Lodge to the lower falls, and from there to the summit. A 1914 footbridge spans both sides of the mountain. The signature waterfall attracts hordes of visitors in the summer, so be prepared to wait for parking.

Back on Highway 84, you’ll pass Horsetail Falls, which is so close to the highway that it might shower your car.

Engineering enthusiasts and children might appreciate a stop at Bonneville Lock and Dam, built in 1933 and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A project of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, portions of the project were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Approximately 40 miles east of Portland, the area boasts a gift shop and an educational center. A fish-ladder viewing window enables visitors to watch the salmon, steelhead sturgeon and other species. The ladder allows adult fish to return to spawning grounds beyond the dam.

For more information, visit the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association at crgva.org.

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