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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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