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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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