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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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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

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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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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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