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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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CSMA showcases talent at open house


Apala Egan/Special to the Town Crier
CSMA officials – from left, Executive Director Vickie Scott Grove, Board Chairwoman Debra Summers and Art Director Linda Covello – were on hand to greet visitors at the open house.

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View showcased its exhibitions and music and art courses at an open house last month.

Tessie Barrera-Scharaga’s installation sculpture, “Cartography of Longing,” is on display through Sept. 29 in CSMA’s Mohr Gallery. Her pieces incorporate paintings on canvas, found objects, books, poems and fabric. A child of immigrants, Barrera-Scharaga said she felt like an outsider growing up and found solace in books, particularly in the writings of Salvadoran poets. Poetry is a recurring theme in her art.

“This is the caliber of artists we hire to teach our students,” said CSMA Executive Director Vickie Scott Grove of Barrera-Scharaga, who is teaching at a local elementary school this semester where her students are those with special needs.

CSMA offers art and music classes for all ages, from toddlers to adults.

Sticks, shells and rocks lay scattered around a table in the preschool room. Lena Boot, a preschool art teacher, showed a child’s artwork, created on the spur of the moment, to open house attendees.

“Look at that tortoise he designed with an oversized shell as the body and tiny shells as legs,” she said, lifting the rock from the table. “Before plastic, there were stones and shells. An important feature is heft. When a child picks up a big shell or stone, it has weight. Many plastic toys don’t have that kind of weight or feel.”

In addition to its on-site art and music courses and lessons, CSMA serves 31 schools in the Bay Area. Trained teachers, all skilled musicians and artists, conduct classes whose lessons are incorporated into the schools’ curricula.

In Los Altos, CSMA provides music lessons at Almond School and art lessons at Springer School. After-school art clubs are available at Covington, Loyola, Oak, Springer and Almond schools.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, appeared at the open house to emphasize the need for arts education.

“We are in a valley known worldwide as the center of creativity,” he said.

The open house highlighted upcoming events, including the launch of the annual CSMA Community Concert Series, scheduled 2 p.m. Oct. 20, featuring Native American dance and music.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit arts4all.org.

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