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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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