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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Community Briefs

Consumer mediator to speak at Michaels

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Barbara McCray to speak at its next meeting, Nov. 6 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

McCray is with the Consumer Mediation Unit in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. She’s mediated all types of civil consumer transactions, provided consumer advice to the public and has spoken on consumer issues with various organizations in Santa Clara County.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a program at 1 p.m. Admission is open but reservations are required. For more information, call 948-3553.

Boutique fundraiser to help animal shelter

A pet and gift boutique fundraiser benefiting Palo Alto Animal Services is scheduled 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the agency, 3281 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.

The animal control agency provides services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, but has been hit by heavy funding cuts the past few years.

The event will feature holiday gifts and products, raffle prizes, a silent auction, pet adoptions and refreshments. The agency and Hartfelt Hand-i-crafts are co-sponsoring the event.

All proceeds will directly benefit the shelter. For more information, call 496-5971.

Senior Commission hosts Medicare talk

The Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission and the Los Altos Library have scheduled a Sourcewise presentation on Medicare/HICAP changes for 2014 prescription drug plans, Cal MediConnect, Covered California and Medi-Cal 1-3 p.m. Tuesday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested, but walk-ins are welcome to attend For more information and to reserve a seat, call Los Altos Senior Center at 947-2797.

Library schedules scary stories for adults

The Los Altos Library has scheduled “Scary Storytime for Adults” 7:30 p.m. today 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.

GreenTown schedules used-bike drive

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled its fifth ReCycle Bike Drive 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Blach Middle School, 1120 Covington Rd. and Egan Junior high School, 100 W. Portola Ave.

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 to prepare 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.

Benefit concert aids Alzheimer’s research

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled an Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Organist Paul Rosas will present the world premiere of his new song cycle, setting poet Camille Dungy’s “What to Eat, What to Drink and What to Leave for Poison” (Red Hen Press, 2006) to music. Dungy will introduce each song with a poetry reading. Becky Everett, Casie Walker, Anne Janzer and Laura Long-Ree will perform the repertoire.

The concert will also feature the award-winning children’s hit “Sweet for Mother Goose” by George Akerley.

For more information, call 948-1083, email Rosas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit laumc.org.

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.

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. 7-8, 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.

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