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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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Inner glow: Selecting hair and makeup stylists for the big day


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Hair stylist Lynn Geyer, left, demonstrates a “messy” hairstyle popular among brides at Los Altos’ Laura Z., A Hair Lounge, below right.

In between saying “Yes!” and “I do,” brides have a lot on their minds, even if they hire wedding planners. From venues to menus, the whirlwind of choices seems endless.

Whatever the wedding theme, picking a hair stylist and a makeup artist who know how to bring out the radiant bride is paramount.

A radiant run-through

For the bride who cares about using organic, plant-based products, Laura Z., A Hair Lounge at 220 State St., Suite 8, might be the best local choice.

The salon carries Oribe and Rahua hair products as well as the RMS

Beauty makeup line, which uses coconut oil for its healing properties. Hair stylist Lynn Geyer recently joined the staff from San Francisco, working on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

As the big day approaches, brides may undertake an exercise regimen to shape up and look good for upcoming photographs. Yet the outer bride will glow only if the inner bride is well nourished and pampered, according to Laura Zatarain, owner of Laura Z., A Hair Lounge.

“Most brides lack nutrition, and it takes a toll on their hair,” she said. “If they restrict weight, if they get stressed out, the hair gets weak.”

So what’s a girl to do?

The former Vidal Sassoon Salon hairdresser suggested that brides “should be in here a lot sooner for run-throughs – at least a year before.”

It takes planning for brides to have “a healthy radiance and glow,” Zatarain said. “I believe in keeping the inner bride as healthy as the outer bride.”

She recommends that brides incorporate her $40 aromatherapy scalp treatment into their trial run-throughs. The relaxing treatment conditions the hair with essential oils and Rahu hair wax made with ingredients from the Amazon rainforest.

Zatarain, 55, has more than 30 years of experience doing hair. An energetic woman, she’s passionate about styling hair, and balayage, or French hair painting, is her favorite.

In her years of attending Oribe product workshops and editorial shoots, she’s worked with celebrities like Linda Ronstadt.

The bridal hairdo trends now seem to run to half-up, half-down or “messy” styles, Zatarain said.

Her daughter, Natalia Zatarain, 25, an aesthetician who also works part-time at Marilyn Jaeger Skincare Studio in San Francisco, is available for bridal makeup.

RMS Beauty products have received awards for excellence from Allure and Elle magazines.

“These products are good for the low-maintenance bride who wants a more natural look,” said Natalia, a Los Altos resident.

She demonstrated the living luminizer, $36, a highlighter without glitter or sparkles to get in the eyes, a boon for those who wear contact lenses.

“This also gives you the fresh-out-of-bed look,” Natalia added.

Another beautifier, lip2cheek, acts as a lipstick and blush. The cream eye shadow produces a sheer color with lighter pigment than normal products. Created by Rosemary Swift, a former makeup artist who became severely ill and didn’t want toxic chemicals in her body, the makeup often appeals to those who want clean products.

“If you’re not into the intense fussiness of looking super glamorous, this makeup is for you – and a lot of people around here are low-maintenance,” Natalia said.

The RMS raw coconut cream, sold as a moisturizer, also acts as a makeup remover and facial cleanser. It contains lauric acid, which RMS claims has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

“Coconut also has the equivalent of 20 percent SPF without the chemicals,” Natalia noted.

Healing hair

Zatarain stands in the middle of her pristine white salon with a starburst decoration and an air fern from The Botanist on the wall.

First, she recommends the aforementioned aromatherapy scalp treatment, a conditioning treatment for the bride’s hair.

Usually this fix is applied at least a week before the big day. Zatarain starts by brushing with a $170 Mason Pearson brush.

“Brushing is really important to the health of your hair,” she said.

She sections off the hair and spreads different essential oils onto each section, including citrus, rosemary, sage and others. Massaging the blend into the head relaxes the client. She then wraps the hair in a towel turban and sets the bride-to-be under a hair dryer.

After she unwraps the hair, she washes it and applies the $89 Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask to brighten dull hair. The main ingredients include sunflower seed oil and quinoa. The final blow-dry makes the hair look vital and full of body.

Geyer demonstrated a typical bridal hairdo on Natalia’s hair.

“The day of the wedding, we never wash the bride’s hair – we need a little bit of grit to work with,” Zatarain said.

Ensuring a good hair day

Geyer offered the following tips for brides who want to ensure the happiest possible hair day.

• Clip photos of hairstyles from magazines or print out pictures from Pinterest.

• Do a trial run the week before the wedding.

• Show the stylist wedding-dress photos so that he or she can envision the hair with the dress.

• Bring any hair accessories.

What should the bride do if her hair comes apart during the wedding?

“You make sure it won’t,” Geyer said. “You have them do jumping jacks to make sure it stays in place.”

Brides can opt to have their makeup and hair done at the salon or at the wedding venue. Updos range from $60 to $100, but rates are higher for extra-long or thick hair or special requests.

For more information, visit ahairlounge.com.


A Wedding to Remember: A Hair Lounge - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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