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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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‘Fantastick’ musical opens in Los Altos


joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of “The Fantasticks” includes, clockwise, from left, Casey Ellis (as Luisa), Dan Kapler (El Gallo) and Ryan Mardesich (Matt).

The Los Altos Stage Company is scheduled to present the world’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks,” Thursday through Sept. 29 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Loosely based on Edmond Rostand’s “The Romancers,” “The Fantasticks” tells the tale of Matt and Luisa, young lovers kept apart by their feuding parents – or so they think.

Fueled by their parents’ feigned loathing, Matt and Luisa overcome all obstacles to be together. But when they discover that their parents’ grudge is a ploy to ensure the lovers’ marriage, Matt and Luisa’s passions for one another wane until they see the truth in the words of the play’s Svengali-esque narrator, El Gallo: “Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

“The Fantasticks” features music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Gary Landis, executive director of the Los Altos Stage Company, directs, supported by Gus Kambeitz (music direction) and Jillian Toby-Cummings (choreography).

The cast includes Dan Kapler as El Gallo, Ryan Mardesich as Matt, Casey Ellis as Luisa, Todd Wright as Hucklebee, Ruth E Stein as Bellomy, Martin Gagen as Henry, Ryk Houseman as Mortimer and Spencer Grey as The Mute.

Thursday’s preview is scheduled 8 p.m., as is Friday’s opening-night performance. Future shows are slated 3 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Tickets are $18 for the preview, $36 opening night (includes reception with the artists) and $18-$30 for future shows.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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