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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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Schools Briefs

Mathnasium hosts TriMathlon event

Mathnasium, a local math-tutoring center, has scheduled a TriMathlon math competition for local students Oct. 19.

The TriMathlon is open to second- through fifth-graders who attend public or private schools or who are homeschooled. Students need not be enrolled in a Mathnasium center to participate.

According to organizers, the TriMathlon contest is designed to show students that math can be fun. Children at all levels of math ability are invited to compete. In addition to winning trophies, all participants will earn money for their local schools with every correct answer.

To register, for a practice test and for more information, visit mathnasiumtrimathlon.com.

MVLA Foundation offers Science Showcase

The Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation is scheduled to host a Science Showcase 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave.

Parents and community members are invited to experience first-hand how students are learning chemistry, biology, physics, clean-tech and more at the local high schools.

Teachers and students will be on hand for demonstrations of the latest foundation-funded classroom science equipment.

For more information, visit mvlafoundation.org.

PNG seeks volunteers

Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors to local students, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 6-7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.

Through the information night, PNG hopes to attract new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.

To RSVP, call Carole Dorshkind at 766-2162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit pngmvla.org.

Egan schedules e-waste collection

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual e-waste recycling event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the school’s parking lot, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

GreenMouse Recycling will be on hand to collect e-waste items and ensure that toxic electronic waste is responsibly recycled.

Proceeds benefit Egan’s Science Department.

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

Montclaire hosts benefit run/walk

The fourth annual Montclaire 5K Run/Walk is scheduled 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The 3.1-mile course begins and ends in the back parking lot at Montclaire Elementary School – located at 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos – and runs through the surrounding Highlands neighborhood and into Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Entry fee is $35 in advance (includes T-shirt), $50 on the day of the event. There will also be a free 1-mile fun run for children. Proceeds support the Montclaire Parent Teacher Organization.

To register and for more information, visit montclaire5k.com.

Living Classroom recruits volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate the outdoors.

The program reaches all grade levels in the district and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies.

Training is available to acquaint docents with the lesson content. All materials are provided. A docent, often an assistant docent and one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom. A classroom management training is slated Monday.

To introduce potential volunteers to the gardens used in Living Classroom lessons, officials are scheduled to host a tour of several of the Los Altos school gardens Oct. 7.

For more information, visit Living-Classroom.org.

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