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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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Behind the business: Stylist teaches the art of a chemo coverup


Courtesy of d. simon and trisha morales photography
Los Altos stylist Sarah Zebb offers makeovers and lessons for women like Cindy Dang, who is undergoing chemotherapy.

Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Zebb has styled hair and makeup for decades locally, and over the years her understanding of who sits in the salon chair has changed.

“Over 30 years doing hair, I lost clients to cancer – some of them going through chemo. I feel like with my job, I’ve got to help somehow,” she said. “For me, working with hair, I see a lot – maybe more than normal people, because I’m in this business.”

Once or twice a month Zebb heads to Stanford Hospital and other treatment centers to give makeovers and teach women trade secrets to coping with skin changes and hair loss.

Zebb went to the Veterans Administration Health Care System’s Palo Alto campus last week to beautify Cindy Dang, a veteran who was getting married while undergoing cancer treatment.

“She served our country, I wanted to make her feel good for her wedding that day – I wanted to do my part for her,” Zebb said.

She volunteers for a program administered by the American Cancer Society, Look Good, Feel Better. In addition to providing haircuts and makeovers, Zebb brings makeup kits to give away and offers tutorials on how to paint over some of the treatment’s pernicious physical effects. To fundraise for the program, offered free to participants, Zebb is harnessing her scissors and blow driers for an event 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. From her chair at Voila Salon at 221 State St., Zebb will offer haircuts and blow-outs, with all proceeds going to the Look Good, Feel Better program.

“The whole thing is to put a smile on their faces,” she said. “Things like this show community, the support – that we all have to get involved and help. Everybody is touched by this, not just one person.”

Women and men undergoing cancer treatment don’t just shed hair and eyebrows – their skin tone and coloring can change, and days spent at war with their body can affect how they feel about their look. One woman told Zebb that going through chemo treatment itself hadn’t been as bad as losing her hair and eyebrows.

“A lot of these women come in – they don’t even wear makeup, but because they’re going through treatment they want to wear it – it makes them feel better. Self-image and self-esteem is so important for women,” she said.

Participants can experiment with wigs, hats and turbans, pick up tips from other women getting the training and learn advanced eyebrow art. Eyebrows can be a particular sticking point – many women don’t have experience drawing in faux brows, and a hat can’t mask their loss, Zebb said.

Next week’s fundraiser isn’t the first time she’s touched locks in Los Altos with an eye to cancer fundraising – you may have seen her set up outside Starbucks a few months ago, chasing donations with the offer of a bright-pink extension, tied into your hair while you wait.

For more information, call Zebb at 823-2441 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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