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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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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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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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Library, Linden Tree host Ugly Duckling campaign to revive the art of storytelling

Local librarians and book enthusiasts recently forged a collaboration to revive the art of oral storytelling during a yearlong campaign, “Save the Ugly Duckling: Keep the Art of Storytelling in Los Altos.”

“There is nothing quite like the experience of a gifted storyteller bringing stories alive through art and craft,” said Dee Ellmann, campaign committee member and Linden Tree Books’ event and program manager. “It can be magical, transformational and an important connection for people of all backgrounds and ages.”

During monthly programs hosted at the Los Altos main library and Linden Tree Books, caregivers, parents, teachers and young audiences will have opportunities not only to listen to stories, fables and fairy tales, but also to learn the craft behind oral storytelling from retired children’s librarian Enid Davis. The series culminates in the inaugural Los Altos Library Storytelling Festival, scheduled Nov. 15, 2014.

“Traditionally, storytelling programs have taken place in public and school libraries. Unfortunately, school-age children are no longer coming to these public library programs, and public school elementary librarians have all but disappeared in California,” Davis said. “Our committee members are dedicated to trying to revive this wonderful art form in our community.”

The program “Scary Stories for Adults” will launch the campaign 7:30 p.m. today at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Linden Tree Books will continue the series with monthly programs for children 5 and older and their parents, slated 4 p.m. the second Sunday of every month during the year, beginning Nov. 10.

A partial schedule of events

• “Ogres, Oh, My! Scary Folktales”: 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Expose children to folktales about ogres, witches and giants. For children 5 and older.

• “How Fairy Tales Make Children Smarter”: 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Explore the world of Western folktales and learn how parents, caretakers and educators can enhance a child’s education.

• “Anansi the Spider Storytelling Festival,” 4 p.m. Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Listen to the adventures of Anansi, an African trickster, in this three-part series for children 4 and older.

• “How to Tell Stories,” 7 p.m. March 18. For adults: Librarians, teachers, caregivers, parents and nurses can learn how to tell stories without using books.

• “Storytelling by Participants,” 7 p.m. April 1. Librarians, teachers, caregivers, parents and nurses can practice their storytelling skills using the techniques taught at the March 18 program.

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