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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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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Senior Briefs

The Terraces opens

for ice cream social

The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community has scheduled “Music on the Green,” an ice cream social, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at 373 Pine Lane.

The event will feature ice cream in the Gazebo, root beer floats and make-your-own sundaes; banjo music and an informal sing-a-long; a balloon artist; a face painter; an information table with brochures about care available at The Terraces’ new Health Center; a construction update; and tours of the facility’s new swimming pool.

Admission is free and open to residents, neighbors and local schools families.

For more information, call (800) 230-2976 or visit theterracesatlosaltos.com.

MV Senior Center hosts Resource Fair

The Mountain View Senior Center has scheduled its annual Senior Resource Fair 2:30-5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The event will feature information on blood-pressure screenings, home care, housing, health, transportation, medical and life insurance, legal aid and volunteer opportunities.

Light refreshments will be served.

The city of Mountain View, El Camino Hospital and the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills co-sponsor the event.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 903-6330.

ECH sponsors workshops for family caregivers

El Camino Hospital has scheduled Family Caregiving 101, a series of free workshops designed to help family caregivers.

• 7 p.m. Sept. 26: “How to Increase Balance and Decrease Falls,” with Ellen Corman, MRA, and Tamar Semerjian, Ph.D.

• 7 p.m. Oct. 24: “Stress Reduction Techniques,” with Vickie Chang, Ph.D.; Ginger Oros, LMFT; and Janice Ososke, health, wellness and fitness entrepreneur.

• 7 p.m. Nov. 14: “Understanding Family Dynamics,” with Vivian Silva, MSW, and Christina Irving, LCSW.

Workshops are held at Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center, 270 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

The Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Stanford Geriatric Education Center and the Family Caregiver Alliance co-sponsor the workshops.

To RSVP and for more information, call 289-5499 or visit avenidas.org.

Avenidas schedules Caregiver Conference

Avenidas has scheduled its 10th annual Caregiver Conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Mountain View Senior Center and the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center.

Dr. Edie Yau, director of diversity and inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, is slated to deliver the keynote address, “Compassionate Communication.” Yau will outline strategies for improving communication skills in connecting with memory-impaired individuals and helping caregivers prepare for and respond to behavioral changes.

Session topics will include end-of-life caregiving, legal services, coping with cognitive decline and managing hospital stays.

Cost is $35 before Sept. 20, $40 after. Lunch is included.

The city of Mountain View and Home Instead Senior Care co-sponsor the event.

The Mountain View Senior Center is located at 266 Escuela Ave., and the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center is adjacent at 270 Escuela.

For a schedule, to register and for more information, call 289-5435 or visit avenidas.org.

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