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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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Special Sections

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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People

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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Santa paintings herald holiday season at LA History Museum


Courtesy of Emily Hollinger
Artist Emily Hollinger’s Santa paintings highlight the “Catch the Spirit” boutique Nov. 13.

Local artist Emily Hollinger is scheduled to display her large collection of Santa Claus paintings at the annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday boutique noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Hollinger said she always loved art but never thought she had the talent to be an artist.

After she and her husband, Bill, transferred to the area in 1975, she joined the Los Altos Art Docents and shared her love of art with students. While recovering from surgery in the early 1980s, she read “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. She used the exercises to realize her dream of becoming a painter.

She experimented with perspective and found that the American Naïve style of art matched her vision. Grandma Moses (aka Anna Moses) is among the best known of American painters in the Naïve style.

Hollinger’s home studio is filled with her paintings of a variety of subjects. Among her specialties is Santa Claus painted on wood and canvas.

The holiday boutique will also feature shopping at two museum stores, live music, refreshments and tours of the decorated J. Gilbert Smith House.

In addition to Hollinger, displays by local collectors include the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s Gayle Carter’s Christmas tree decorated with Beanie Babies.

“A friend who was collecting them said they would be of value one day,” said Carter of her Beanie Babies collection. “I took one look at the funny-looking pelican and the adorable hedgehog and I was in love with them – crazy but fun.”

Los Altos author Robin Chapman will be on hand to sign her book, “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” now in its third printing and in the top 100 in its class on Amazon.com.

Members of Schola Cantorum will perform 1-2 p.m.

The History Museum’s main gallery will showcase a new exhibition of local art, “Los Altos: Moving Art Forward,” through March 23.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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