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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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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Kim captures Calif. Women's Amateur title

Lauren Kim said her four weeks in Korea to start the summer could be the longest she’s gone without playing golf since taking up the game. But it wasn’t intentional – the Los Altos resident lugged her clubs, only to discover she was staying far from the nearest course.

“I was in the middle of a city and didn’t have a car,” said Kim, who was there to take classes and learn the language. “I was able to swing, but I didn’t get to hit many balls.”

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When she returned at the end of July, the Los Altos High graduate realized there was a payoff to the layoff.

“I came back refreshed and more motivated,” said Kim, entering her sophomore year at Stanford University.

A month later – playing her first tournament in more than two months – Kim won the 47th annual California Women’s Amateur Championship. Kim edged Tiffany Lim of San Jose in the match-play final, rallying from 4 down Aug. 27 at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Kim had never played in the five-day event, which attracts top amateurs from throughout the state and beyond.

“I didn’t expect to make the final,” she said. “I was using (the tourney) to see where I was and what I needed to work on more. It was a pleasant surprise.”

After two solid rounds of stroke play, Kim survived 36 holes of match play each of the next two days to reach the final.

“Putting was kind of rough – the greens are really tricky – but overall it was a really good week,” she said. “I felt good about my ability to execute shots when I needed them.”

Kim needed plenty of those shots toward the end of the final against Lim, whom she considers a good friend. Kim was 4 down with six holes remaining.

“I was running out of holes and out of time,” Kim said. “I was thinking, ‘Now is the time to do something.’”

Kim gained ground on the next hole, shooting par on No. 13 while Lim bogeyed. Kim bagged birdies on the following two holes – both of which Lim parred – and birdied 17 to tie the match. Both players bogeyed the 18th, forcing an extra hole to determine the winner.

The 37th hole of the day proved to be the last. Kim shot par on No. 1; Lim bogeyed.

“My last putt to win it was pretty special,” Kim said of the 5- to 6-footer. “When I was standing over it, I knew what was on the line, and I made it.”

With summer winding down, Kim is preparing to return to Stanford and embark on her second season with the golf team. The Cardinal’s first event was scheduled this week in Tulsa, Okla. – nearly two weeks before classes begin at Stanford.

“I’m excited to get started,” Kim said.

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