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News

"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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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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‘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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