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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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

LWV speaker series under way

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.

Friday’s 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 Park.

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

For reservations and more information, visit lwvlamv.org.

Domestic violence topic of library forum

Women SV Network founder Ruth Patrick is scheduled to discuss “Domestic Violence in the Affluent Community” 7-8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Patrick’s presentation will touch on the form abuse takes in affluent areas; its impact on survivors, their children and the local community; where to go for help; and what community members can do to help.

The nonprofit Women SV Network, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, aims to raise awareness about domestic violence and spousal abuse in middle- to upper-income areas.

For more information, visit losaltoscf.org/womensv.

Antiques show returns to Hillview center

The New California Country & More Antiques Show returns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 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.

Antiques and collectibles available for purchase include formal furniture, quilts, pottery, toys, signs and decorative, architectural, garden, rustic, mercantile, holiday, circus sideshow, cowboy and Indian, Old Mexico and mission-style items.

Food, including freshly baked 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, call (626) 437-6275, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit californiacountryshow.com.

Linden Tree hosts author of Vietnam book

Author Dennis Dunivan is scheduled to discuss his nonfiction book chronicling a teenager’s escape from Vietnam 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Dunivan’s “Escape from Communist Heaven” (Sentient Publications, 2013) tells the true story of Viet Nyugen and his escape from South Vietnam. Only 14 when Saigon fell, the teenager was the son of a Vietnamese intelligence officer, making his situation precarious. He was arrested and sent to one of the labor camps spread throughout the country. His captors believed that once they controlled everyone, they would have reached “Communist Heaven,” but Nyugen wouldn’t bend and found a way to escape, risking his life again to flee his country and find freedom.

Dunivan grew up in the Midwest and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He met Nyugen in London. After hearing his story, Dunivan moved into a Vietnamese neighborhood in London’s East End to document Viet’s trials. He finished the novel after traveling to Saigon to get a firsthand sense of Viet’s experiences.

The presentation is suitable for ages 13 and older.

For more information, visit communistheaven.com or lindentreebooks.com.

LAH Youth Commission hosts Halloween dance

The Los Altos Hills Youth Commission has scheduled the annual “Monster Bash Dance” for teens 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the American Legion, 347 First St., Los Altos.

Local high school students are invited to dress in their spookiest Halloween costumes for the third annual event, which includes dancing, contests and refreshments.

Admission is $5. Guests should bring their high school identification cards to the event.

For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/city-government/community-calendar.

Library schedules 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 sponsors talk 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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