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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Ohlone Day celebrates lifestyles of earliest Los Altos residents

The Los Altos History Museum travels back hundreds of years to relive the days of the area’s earliest residents during “Ohlone Day,” scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The free, family-friendly event is tailored to elementary school-age children, particularly second- through fourth-graders.

Ohlone Day celebrates the museum’s permanent exhibition, “Crown of the Peninsula,” which recently underwent a $100,000-plus renovation in the Ohlone, Rancho and Mission sections.

“When so many materials came back to us from display at Hidden Villa and Redwood Grove, we knew it was time to expand our permanent exhibit – it was time to tell the Ohlone story more fully,” said Laura Bajuk, the museum’s executive director.

A tule boat and other artifacts are still on display, supplemented by pestles, mortars and baskets from neighboring tribes. Six drawers contain interactive displays and story snippets, as well as relics not seen before.

“When the historic Halsey House in Redwood Grove is restored as an education center, as we hope it will be, we’ll work with the city to support their programs on the Ohlone,” Bajuk said.

Four teachers will oversee Ohlone Day activities, including a variety of games to practice hunting skills, a crafts area, acorn preparation and a food tasting featuring jerky, dried blueberries and pine nuts.

With well over 100 years of teaching experience between them, Mary Kuperman, a regular docent at the museum, will be on hand with fellow educators Vicki Holman, Mary Gotcher and Sandy Kelley.

“We’ve taught about the Ohlone for many years,” Kuperman said. “I’ve always been interested in Native American culture and studied their basket weaving.”

Thought to have settled in the region approximately 1,500 years ago, numerous politically autonomous Ohlone “tribelets” dotted the Bay Area, living in village groups of 200 or so people.

Ohlone settlements tended to cluster near the creeks and marshlands of the Bay.

The Los Altos-area Ohlone tribelet, called the Puichon (pronounced “pwee-chin”) claimed the territory between Stevens and San Francisquito creeks as their own.

In 1971, an ancient Puichon Ohlone dwelling site was accidentally discovered along Adobe Creek near O’Keefe Lane. From this archaeological site came the extensive Florence Fava Collection, now housed at the Los Altos History Museum.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

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