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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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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

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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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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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