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"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 spending nearl...

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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

DR. ALFRED 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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Tahoe tidbits: Enjoy food, fireworks and outdoor activities

As summer winds down and fall beckons, Lake Tahoe is scheduled to host a plethora of events featuring food, wine and activities.

• 21st Annual Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, 10 a.m. Saturday. The race pits the South Shore’s two Mississippi paddlewheelers, The Tahoe Queen and the M.S. Dixie II, in a 4-mile race along the shoreline to determine the Tahoe Cup and lake supremacy. Passengers can join the party aboard either boat. Tickets are $25, including brunch.

For more information, visit tahoesouth.com/events.

• Farm to Peak Dinner Series, Homewood Mountain Resort, 4 p.m. Saturday. The five-course dinner begins with a champagne toast while riding the Quail Chair chairlift up to the top of Homewood Mountain. Dinner features local, seasonal cuisine, wine and special guest chef Kellan Hori of Kellan’s Kitchen. Tickets are $150.

For more information, visit skihomewood.com/lake-tahoe-events.

• Fourth Annual Sample the Sierra Farm-to-Fork Festival, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Held on Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, the festival features wines from the Sierra’s David Girard Vineyards, Shadow Ranch Winery and Crystal Basin Cellars. The event includes booths with handmade products, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations.

For more information, visit samplethesierra.com.

• Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza, 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The fireworks are visible from all over town, including from boats on the lake, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, the Tallac Historic Site, the summit of Mount Tallac, Edgewood Tahoe and Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach.

For more information, visit www.tahoesouth.com.

• 28th Annual Autumn Food and Wine Festival in The Village at Northstar, Sept. 6-8. The festival includes cooking seminars, competitions, wine tastings, the Bike to the Beach Bash & BBQ, the Pedals & Pinot bike tour and a live concert with Joe Craven. Some events are free; ticket prices for others vary.

For more information, visit northstarcalifornia.com.

• Tahoe Geotourism Expo 2013, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8. The expo showcases environmentally friendly activities and adventures at Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach. Activities include paddleboard yoga, kayak tours, wildlife viewing, Washoe cultural ceremonies, water science demonstrations, heritage hikes and more.

For more information, visit tahoeexpo.com.

• Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue, Sept. 8. The 72-mile ride benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Start times vary.

For more information, visit bikethewest.com/tour-de-tahoe.

• Lake Tahoe Marathon, Sept. 27-29. Participants can run, walk, swim, paddle or pedal one or more of the 30-plus events over the course of the weekend.

For more information, visit laketahoemarathon.com.

• “Nine & Dine” at the Resort at Squaw Creek. After nine holes on the course, golfers can enjoy a prix-fixe three-course dinner in the Six Peaks Grille for $59 per person.

For more information, call (530) 581-6637.

• Gunbarrel Tavern & Eatery, Heavenly Village. Chefs Billy McCullough and Ricky Sausser oversee the recently opened restaurant, which serves new American cuisine using primarily local, sustainable ingredients. Signature items include the Tuna Tower, Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly Salad, Pulled Duck Sliders and PBR Beer Can Chicken.

For more information, visit gunbarreltavern.com.

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