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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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