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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Pinewood opens regional premiere of "Whisper House"

Pinewood School’s Performing Arts Department is scheduled to stage the high school and regional premiere of “Whisper House,” opening Friday and running through Nov. 16 in the school’s theater, 26800 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Directed by theater teacher Doug Eivers, with musical direction by music teacher Shenelle Williams, “Whisper House” features book and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik.

“Whisper House” is set in 1942, at the height of World War II. Christopher, an imaginative young boy, is sent to live with an aunt he has never met, Lilly, a recluse who serves as keeper of a remote lighthouse. Not yet comfortable in his surroundings, Christopher begins to hear strange music that no one else can hear seeping through the walls. It doesn’t take long for him to suspect that the lighthouse may be haunted. Is Christopher’s imagination getting the best of him? Or are the ghosts warning him about the very real dangers that lie ahead?

“‘Whisper House’ is a piece that both Duncan and I love, and we couldn’t be more excited to have it produced at Pinewood,” Jarrow said.

Jarrow said one of the original adult actors, David Poe, from the San Diego production of “Whisper House,” visited Pinewood to conduct a master class and see the young actors at work.

“Poe was blown away by their talent, excitement and smarts,” Jarrow said. “Coming from a world of professional theater that can sometimes be exhausting – and like all professional arts, very much business-minded – it’s refreshing to know that high school actors are sinking their teeth into the show with enthusiasm and awesome commitment.”

“Whisper House” stars Talmage Wise (as Male Ghost), Annie Whitacre (Female Ghost), Rachel Brenneman (Ghost Chorus), Carolyn Ehrlich (Ghost Chorus), Dariya Smith (Aunt Lilly), Justin Stangenes (Christopher), Carson Robinette (Yasohiro), Ben Montrym (Sheriff Charles) and Andrew Yaholkovsky (Lieutenant Rando).

“It’s been wonderful to be able to connect theater professionals such as Duncan, Kyle and David with the educational world,” said Spencer Williams, producer and chairman of the Performing Arts Department. “When … Poe came to Pinewood to do a master class with the cast, the students were so invigorated by his comments and praise. It was such a wonderful moment to see the two worlds colliding – one of my favorite moments in my professional career.”

Williams said he is proud of the opportunity to have high school students produce new musical theaer.

Performances are scheduled 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 14 and 15, and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16.

Tickets are $10-$20.

For tickets and more information, visit pinewoodarts.com.

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