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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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SFMOMA officials preview Project Los Altos


Jerry Tomanek/Los Altos Rotary Club
SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop and Katie Tamony spoke to the Los Altos Rotary Club on Oct. 17.

With the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” slated to open next month, museum representatives visited the Rotary Club of Los Altos Oct. 17 to discuss the exhibition.

While SFMOMA undergoes extensive renovation, the museum has shipped some of its inventory for temporary installation at sites around the Bay Area. “Project Los Altos” runs Nov. 9 through March 2.

SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, and Katie Tamony, director of marketing and communications, previewed the exhibition, which features the artwork of nine contemporary artists, including two with local ties.

Charles Garoian, former art teacher at Los Altos High School and current professor at Pennsylvania State University, is among the participating artists.

A trilogy of videos by Jeremy Blake highlights the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, built by the eccentric Sarah Winchester, who owned the 100 acres that later became Los Altos.

The exhibition also comprises seven new commissions, including a film by director Mike Mills, who interviewed the children of local high-tech workers about their expectations for the future. Graphic artist Jessica Stockholder’s contribution, “Cross Hatch,” is already on display: She used the intersection of State and Fourth streets as her colorful canvas to showcase a geometric abstract painting.

Passerelle Investment Co. funded 20 artist videos to accompany “Project Los Altos.”

SFMOMA is conducting an extensive marketing campaign targeting audio, video, online and print media to publicize the exhibition. The museum’s members’ magazine describing “Project Los Altos” will reach 30,000 households, many are expected to visit the various works on display.

Tamony also spotlighted some of the SFMOMA on the Go exhibitions planned for other cities, including “Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine” at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center; “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual” at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum; 23 pieces of SFMOMA’s Matisse collection at the San Francisco Legion of Honor; and eight monumentally scaled sculptures by Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

For more information on “Project Los Altos,” visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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