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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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