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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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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


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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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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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