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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

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. today 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.

Linden Tree presents author of Vietnam book

Author Dennis Dunivan is scheduled to discuss his book “Escape from Communist Heaven,” which chronicles a teenager’s escape from Vietnam, 7 p.m. Thursday at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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 “Monster Bash Dance” for teens 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 347 First St., Los Altos.

Local junior 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 junior 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 talk covers 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.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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

Kilgoris marketplace returns to Los Altos

The nonprofit Kilgoris Project is scheduled to return to Los Altos for the second year with a pop-up boutique Nov. 7-10 at 235 First St.

Hours for the marketplace are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

The boutique will feature a marketplace including artisan jewelry, clothes, home decor, toys and more from Africa and countries across the globe.

Proceeds from the shop benefit the Kilgoris Project, which supports education, food, clean water and economic development opportunities for the children of a Masai village in southwest Kenya.

For more information, visit kilgoris.org/marketplace.html.

GreenTown schedules used-bike drive

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled its fifth ReCycle Bike Drive 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Egan Junior High School, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

Local residents are invited to donate their gently used bikes, which volunteers from Los Altos High School, The Bicycle Outfitter and Chain Reaction clean and refurbish for distribution to students in need of transportation.

GreenTown has collected more than 200 bicycles since the initiative’s inception two years ago.

Any bikes not distributed to students in need are donated to community agencies, such as the Veterans Administration and the Bill Wilson Center for homeless teens.

For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org/event/recycle-bike-drive.

Sky’s the Limit Fund breakfast slated Nov. 6

Sky’s the Limit Fund’s fourth annual Reaching for the Stars Breakfast is scheduled 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The breakfast is a fundraiser for Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit group that provides help to families with at-risk youth. The organization offers grants, support and hope through wilderness therapy and other support programs.

This year’s event will honor retired Judge Leonard Edwards and Patti and Mike Klayko for their work with struggling teens. Local news anchor Raj Mathai will serve as master of ceremonies, and former San Francisco 49ers tight end and three-time Super Bowl champion Brent Jones as guest speaker.

Through partner programs, every donation is doubled.

For more information, call 472-2915, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit skysthelimitfund.org.

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