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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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Special Sections

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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Senior Center Happenings

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. All events take place at Hillview unless otherwise noted. To RSVP for an event and for more information, call 947-2797 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.

Holiday hours

The Senior Center is scheduled to close Monday for Veterans Day and Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving. In observance of Christmas and New Year’s, the center will close 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and reopen 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2.

Holiday events

• “Nutrition/Cooking for a Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving,” 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14, Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. University of San Francisco nursing students Jaemie Abad and Kelsey Marcos will demonstrate how to prepare nutritious recipes from the Mayo Clinic. Co-sponsored by the Community Services Agency and the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions. Admission is free. To reserve a spot, call the Senior Center by Monday.

• Children’s Corner Fall Dessert, noon Nov. 20, Multipurpose Room. Senior Center members are invited to share desserts and listen to preschoolers perform holiday songs. Admission is free. Please RSVP.

• Holiday Craft and Tree Decorating, 10-11 a.m. Dec. 6, Room 11. Kinder Prep students will decorate the Senior Center holiday tree with crafts they made. Admission is free. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are preferred.

• Senior Center Day Trip to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. The tour includes round-trip transportation, bus driver gratuity and Christmas Fair admission. Cost is $55 members, $65 nonmembers. Advance reservations are required.

Activities

• Men’s Group, 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Dec. 5, Room 10. The group invites single and married men to enjoy pastries and coffee as they chat with other men. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are preferred.

• Movie Day, 1 p.m. Dec. 6, Room 12. The featured movie is Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love,” rated R, running time 148 minutes. Free for members, $1 for nonmembers. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

• Book Club, 1 p.m. Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, Room 18. October’s selection is “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” (Spiegel & Grau, 2010) by Piper Kerman. December’s selection is “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” (Random House, 2001) by Laura Hillenbrand. Participants may bring a bag lunch.

Classes

• AARP Mature Driving Renewal Course, 1-5:30 p.m. Friday, Room 12. Participants must have completed the eight-hour class within the past three years to attend the renewal class. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. Bring a check to class made out to “AARP” with your AARP number. Reserve a spot in advance by calling the Senior Center.

• Personal Emergency Preparedness class, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4, Room 16. The city of Los Altos, in coordination with the fire and police departments, offers PEP training. Topics include impact of an area-wide disaster; a how-to guidebook covering seniors’ health and wellness, fire safety, fire extinguishers, household hazardous materials; emergency planning; and supply-kit preparation. Register with the Recreation Department at losaltosca.gov/recreation.

Services

• November Smoke Detector Program. Sunset Rotary members volunteer to change old batteries or install new smoke detectors free of charge in seniors’ homes. Leave your name, address and phone number with the Senior Center and a Rotary Club member will call to schedule an appointment.

• Case management, 10 a.m. the third Friday of every month. Case managers from the Community Services Agency discuss various topics of interest. The Nov. 15 topic will be Medi-Cal. The Dec. 18 topic will cover nutrition. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center.

Volunteer

• Volunteer the second and third Fridays of the month to prepare a nutritious meal for a maximum of 36 seniors. Volunteer chefs work with staff to create a menu, schedule kitchen volunteers, communicate shopping needs and prepare and serve meals.

• Volunteer to help with holiday luncheons. The Senior Center seeks three sous chefs Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 to assist with pre-event kitchen preparation. Volunteers are also needed Nov. 22 and Dec. 20 for three shifts – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – to assist with setup, decorations, serving and cleaning.

Scholarships

• The city of Los Altos offers eight scholarships of $200 for Senior Center membership. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying individuals. Applicants must reside in Los Altos and have an annual income under $39,800. To request an application, call Peggy Ford at 947-2790.

Los Altos Hills also offers scholarships. For more information, call Sarah Gualtieri at 947-2814

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