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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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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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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