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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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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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