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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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