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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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Community Briefs

Lecture addresses native birds, plants

The Los Altos Library and the California Native Plant Society have scheduled “Native Birds, Native Plants: Made for Each Other” 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Executive Director Bob Power of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society will discuss the organization’s current priorities and the areas in which the Audubon and Native Plant societies complement each other’s efforts. Power will address how native fauna depend on native plants for their existence and survival.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Hidden Villa hosts farm-to-table event

Hidden Villa has scheduled its 17th Annual Duveneck Humanitarian Awards Dinner 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the facility’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The event, whose theme is “A Place at the Table,” will feature a reception highlighting Hidden Villa’s programs and a farm-to-table dinner using the organic farm’s pastured meats and vegetables.

Hidden Villa will recognize three local individuals who exemplify the nonprofit’s mission and values through their environmental, social and educational activism. This year’s honorees include Audrey Rust, a leader in open-space preservation; the Noble and Lorraine Hancock family; and food pioneer Sibella Kraus.

The awards dinner is Hidden Villa’s primary fundraising event. Proceeds underwrite partnerships and scholarship opportunities.

Tickets are $250 per person.

For tickets and more information, call 949-9702, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit hiddenvilla.eventbrite.com.

Santa Clara Corvettes hosts car show

Santa Clara Corvettes has scheduled its 37th Annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Los Altos. Registration will open at 8 a.m., followed by judging at 11 a.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m.

The show, one of the largest all-Corvette events on the West Coast, will feature approximately 165 new, classic and racing Corvettes lining both sides of Main Street. Main will be closed to car traffic from First Street to San Antonio Road.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit sccorvettes.org or wscc.ws.

Presentation spotlights Bulgari exhibition

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to deliver an illustrated lecture on Bulgari jewelry 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Payne’s presentation will complement “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950-1990,” the exhibition featured at San Francisco’s de Young museum Saturday through Feb. 17.

Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. There are approximately 140 show-stopping pieces along with sketches that illuminate the process used to create the jewels. American clients are emphasized, with several pieces from the collection of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor.

For more information on the lecture, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org. For more information on the exhibition, visit deyoung.famsf.org.

LALE highlights high-tech library tools

To introduce cardholders to its resources, the Los Altos Library Endowment (LALE) has scheduled its first After Hours at the Library program, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Director Sandra Hirsh of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University will discuss “Library Technology: Connecting with the Community.”

In addition to the discussion, library staff and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate new technologies and resources available to library users, including The Whipple Collection (the complete collection of the Teaching Company’s Great Courses available for checkout) and a new early-literacy program using iPads in the children’s area.

Librarians and LALE board members will be available to offer explanations and answer questions in each of the demonstration areas.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For reservations, call 948-3421 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, visit lalendow.org.

Historic Bike Tour rides again

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the second Historic Bike Tour of Los Altos 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 beginning at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The 8-mile tour will cover various local points of interest and include stops at nearly two dozen of the city’s historical sites and homes. Riders can learn the stories behind the sites and their significance.

The tour finishes back at the museum for lunch.

Cost is $20 per person, free for children under 18. Proceeds benefit GreenTown Los Altos and the Los Altos History Museum.

To register on Eventbrite, visit historicbiketour2013.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit losaltoshistory.org.

Local preparedness resources available

September is National Preparedness Month, and opportunities for disaster training and neighborhood organizing are available locally.

• The Los Altos Recreation Department has scheduled three free Personal Emergency Preparedness courses where participants can learn about workplace and home safety; disabling gas, electric and water valves; using fire extinguishers; and using forms of emergency communications.

Classes are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.; 6-9 p.m. Nov. 4 at Grant Park Community Center, 1575 Holt Ave.; and 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hillview Community Center.

To register, visit losaltosrecreation.org and use class code 210813.

• Los Altos PREPARE, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, invites local residents to attend its monthly meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos.

The group aims to mobilize neighborhoods to respond in the wake of a major emergency or natural disaster.

For more information, visit losaltosprepare.org.

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