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News

"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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


Shaw

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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Los Altos Fall Festival slated this weekend


Town Crier File Photo
The Children’s Alley, featuring games, rides and crafts, draws residents of all ages to the annual Los Altos Fall Festival.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd annual Fall Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the North Parking Plaza in downtown Los Altos.

More than 150 arts and crafts booths will offer a variety of handmade items for purchase, many of them featuring fall and holiday themes.

The Classic Car Show will showcase more than 100 vintage cars, from a 1922 Stutz to a 1970 Meyers Manx Dune Buggy. Cars from the “Fabulous Fifties” will be featured Sunday.

The Little Explorers’ Petting Zoo returns to the Children’s Alley, providing the opportunity for a hands-on experience with animals including goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, a potbelly pig, an alpaca and giant tortoises. Children can enjoy a train ride and a variety of amusement rides, slides and bounce houses.

The event will feature activities and games sponsored by local schools and organizations, including pumpkin painting, penguin bowl, a fishing booth, toss games, crafts and more.

The festival will include a visit from the Los Altos Library Bookmobile Sunday.

Local musicians will perform on the KFC Main Stage, including The Mary Ellen Duo, playing a variety of standards; Steve Kritzer, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, country and rock; Michael Barrett & Friends, rock ’n’ roll dance music; Deb Thacker, acoustic guitar; Blue House, pop music; and the Drive Band, classic danceable rock.

Festivalgoers interested in home-improvement projects can visit a number of exhibitors, such as Bath Simple, On Site Gutters, Landsystems Landscapes, Renewal by Andersen, Complete Solar Solution, onelawn, Byers’ LeafGuard Gutter Systems, MG Constructors & Engineers Inc. and the Bay Area Regional Energy Network.

Chef Chu’s will serve Chinese food, and other vendors will offer a variety of items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, tamales, crepes, smoothies, kettle corn, frozen yogurt, gyros and dolmas. Soft drinks, select wines and Gordon Biersch beers will be available.

Sponsors for the Fall Festival include KFC, Courtyard by Marriott-Palo Alto/Los Altos, onelawn, Passerelle Investment Co., the city of Los Altos, Walgreens, Gordon Biersch, Mission Trail Waste Systems and the San Jose Mercury News.

For more information, call 948-1455, email Julie Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit losaltoschamber.org.

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