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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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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

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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Local events add color to autumn calendar


Town Crier File Photo Local events add color to autumn calendar
Costumed children make crafts during the Halloween Spooktacular event.

Town Crier Staff Report

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees shed their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red during the fall, an abundance of local events add color to the cooling temperatures of the season.
    To herald the arrival of fall, the Los Altos Village Association (LAVA), the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and a host of other local groups transform downtown Los Altos into a cornucopia overflowing with food, wine, festivals and family activities.

Los Altos Fall Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6
Downtown Los Altos
    Sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the annual Fall Festival, staged in the North Parking Plaza between State Street and Edith Avenue, showcases more than 150 arts and crafts booths and activities for all ages.
    The event also includes offerings from local restaurants, vintners and microbreweries; live entertainment; and a Children’s Alley featuring games and a train ride.
    For more information, visit losaltoschamber.org.

California Country Antiques and Folk Art Show
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20
Hillview Community Center
97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos
    Established in 1986, the Antiques and Folk Art Show features more than 50 dealers from across the country selling American Country antiques, furniture and folk art.
    Sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum, the show is a fundraiser for the museum.
    Admission is $15 10-11 a.m., $10 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    For more information, visit californiacountryshow.com.

First Fridays
First Friday of every month
Downtown Los Altos
    Los Altos Forward, a grassroots volunteer group dedicated to enhancing the vibrancy of downtown Los Altos, sponsors First Friday events every month. Stores, galleries and restaurants remain open late, and street musicians entertain a strolling crowd. Visitors can shop, enjoy complimentary sweets and participate in merchant promotions and children’s activities.
    For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org/first-friday-events.

‘Recreation With Rocks’ Peninsula Gem & Geology Society Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27
Los Altos Youth Center
1 N. San Antonio Road
    The sixth annual Gem and Geology Society show features demonstrations of the society’s lapidary (gem-polishing) skills and sales of handcrafted jewelry, gemstones and fossils from a variety of dealers. The event includes raffle and door-prize drawings.
    Admission is $3 adults, $2 children 12-18, under 12 free (with adult).
    For more information, visit pggs.org/show.htm.

Halloween Spooktacular
12-4 p.m. Oct. 31
Downtown Los Altos
    Local children are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores during the LAVA-sponsored Halloween Spooktacular. The annual event features face painting, balloon art, crafts, activities, children’s entertainers, Halloween-themed games and, of course, candy.
    For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
6 p.m. Dec. 1
Downtown Los Altos
    An annual holiday tradition for more than 35 years, the Festival of Lights Parade invites visitors to step into “A Child’s Fantasy.”
    The parade, staged on Main and State streets, includes lighted holiday floats; local high school marching bands; illuminated, costumed characters; and the star of the show, Santa, with his sleigh and reindeer.
    For more information, visit losaltosparade.com.

Holiday Carriage Rides
Dec. 9-27
Downtown Los Altos
    To further bring the magic of Christmas to life, LAVA offers 30-minute rides after 5 p.m. in illuminated, decorated horse-drawn carriages through the winter wonderland of downtown Los Altos.
    The carriage holds up to four adults and two children, Cost is $90 per ride. Rides proceed rain or shine – no cancellations or refunds.
    For reservations and more information, call
949-5282 or visit downtownlosaltos.org/events/holride.html.

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