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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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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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