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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Los Altos Fall Festival slated this weekend


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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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