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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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 ad...

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Community Briefs

Committee seeks volunteer honorees

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee invites local organizations to nominate volunteers for the 2013 awards.

Nominees must be individuals or organizations whose volunteer service benefited the communities of Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills. The nominating form must be completed and accompanied by a minimum of two supporting letters of recommendation from individuals or groups.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 13.

The Awards Committee will select the awardees from those nominated and by mid-November notify those who submitted nominations if their nominee is selected to receive an award. Luncheon invitations will be sent out the first week in November.

The committee is scheduled to honor the winners Dec. 13 at a luncheon at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

For more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.

Pathways breakfast features ‘Argo’ author

Pathways Home Health & Hospice has scheduled its 23rd annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The event honors volunteers and organizations for their contributions in promoting the Pathways mission to provide compassionate, family-centered care.

Keynote speaker Tony Mendez is a retired CIA agent and author of “Argo,” the book that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie. As chief of disguise at the CIA, he devised and conducted an operation to rescue six American diplomats from Iran during the late 1970s hostage crisis, for which he received the Intelligence Star of Valor. Mendez and his wife, Jonna, will tell the story behind the book and movie.

Wells Fargo Bank serves as the event’s diamond sponsor.

Tickets are $100.

For tickets and more information, call (408) 730-1200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

League of Women Voters sponsors speaker series

The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area hosts a monthly “Lunch with the League” speaker series 11:30 a.m. the third Friday of the month at Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos.

The Oct. 18 luncheon will feature a presentation by Mountain View Public Works Director Mike Fuller on the “North Bayshore Sea Level Rise Study.” The Mountain View City Council commissioned the study to determine the implications of climate change in the low-lying North Bayshore area, home to Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., the Computer History Museum and Shoreline Regional Park.

Future speakers in the series include State Assemblyman Rich Gordon and Tomi Ryba, CEO of El Camino Hospital.

“The monthly ‘Lunch with the League’ is one way the league disseminates information and education on topics of local interest and concern,” said Cathy Lazarus, league president.

For reservations and more information, visit lwvlamv.org.

Harvest Craft Faire scheduled this month

United Methodist Women’s Harvest Craft Faire 2013 is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The annual event offers a large selection of handcrafted items and collectibles, made by more than 70 artisans and the women of the church. The Garden and Gourmet Shops will showcase specialty items, and vintage collectibles and small antiques will be featured.

A variety of sandwiches, snacks, desserts and beverages will be available in the Harvest Cafe.

Proceeds support charities and missions, including the Community Services Agency, the Community Breast Health Project, Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty Hospice Foundation, Friends Outside, and the Support Network for Battered Women.

For more information, call Patricia Parfett at 948-1083, ext. 122, or visit laumc.org.

Antiques show returns to Hillview center

The New California Country & More Antiques Show returns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 to Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The annual show features items in a variety of styles, including American country and folk art, California Rancho, Spanish Colonial, Spanish Revival, Mexicana and American Indian.

Food, including apple and pumpkin pies, will be available for purchase at Pinky’s Grill, an all-volunteer effort that benefits the Los Altos History Museum.

Admission is $15 for those who enter at 10 a.m., $10 for those who arrive after 11 a.m. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.

For more information, visit californiacountryshow.com.

Celebrity Forum series features Giffords, Kelly

The 46th Annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series is scheduled to begin this month and run through May at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. All programs begin at 8 p.m.

The lineup includes:

• Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and astronaut Mark Kelly, Oct. 23, 24 and 25.

• New York Times political and cultural commentator David Brooks, Nov. 20, 21 and 22. • Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak, Jan. 22, 23 and 24.

• Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Feb. 19, 20 and 21.

• Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, March 26, 27 and 28.

• French chef Jacques Pépin, April 23, 24 and 25.

• “60 Minutes” correspondents Lara Logan and Bob Simon, May 14, 15 and 16.

For tickets and more information, visit celebrityforum.net.

Library offers scary stories for adults

The Los Altos Library has scheduled “Scary Storytime for Adults” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Retired children’s librarian Enid Davis will share scary folktales and urban legends in the spirit of the Halloween season.

The Los Altos Library’s “Save the Ugly Duckling: Keep the Art of Oral Storytelling in Los Altos” project sponsors the event. Davis is a Los Altos Library Commissioner and chairwoman of “Save the Ugly Duckling.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Library hosts discussion on Sudden Oak Death

The Los Altos Library and the California Native Plant Society have scheduled the presentation “Sudden Oak Death Blitz: Results and New Discoveries” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Doug Schmidt, Ph.D., a researcher at UC Berkeley, will discuss the results of this year’s Sudden Oak Death Blitz, a collaboration of volunteer “citizen scientists” and the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab that maps the Sudden Oak Death pathogen. Schmidt will outline new discoveries and how they will influence next year’s Blitz, as well as introduce SODMAP Mobile, an app that makes the Blitz data readily accessible.

The lab at UC Berkeley is pioneering research on the causes of Sudden Oak Death and developing solutions for identifying, containing and preventing the infestation.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

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