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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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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

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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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Los Altos church continues fight to end Alzheimer’s disease

Los Altos United Methodist Church has been the top fundraising team for the annual Bay Area “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” for the past 12 years.

The local team has raised more than $500,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association for research, advocacy, education and caregiver support services.

Team captain Patty Kenny and church member Susan O’Neil, along with a small group of leaders, built a team of 110 walkers who braved inclement weather Sept. 21 to generate more than $60,000.

Along with fundraising, we are committed to education about this terrible disease. We understand that people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are able to live a better quality of life with support and care. For example, holiday travel to visit family and friends can open eyes to cognitive and physical changes in a loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association’s national 24-hour helpline experienced a 13 percent rise in calls during the 2012 holiday season.

Learning the 10 warning signs can help family members gauge whether changes they see are normal or atypical. Many family members, in hindsight, have noticed changes sometimes years before a doctor diagnoses a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Signs to look for:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

2. Challenges in planning and solving problems.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure.

4. Confusion with time or place.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

8. Decreased or poor judgment.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.

10. Changes in mood or personality.

When persistent and consistent changes occur, it is time to call the doctor for a consultation. We all exhibit the above symptoms from time to time. It is only when a pattern that gets in the way of everyday life develops that a doctor should be consulted.

Early detection can play a key role in the quality of life for a person with dementia. There are treatments that can help a dementia sufferer maintain a level of independence for a long period of time. Support and knowledge of Alzheimer’s can assist caregivers as they plan for and manage the disease. November is the ideal time to educate yourself – it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month as well as National Caregiver Month – and a wealth of resources are available.

Our mission at Los Altos United Methodist Church is “Touching Heaven, Changing Earth with Head, Heart and Hands.” We are convinced that fighting dementia by supporting research and offering community education for those with dementia and their caregivers fulfills that sacred call.

For a complete list of the 10 warning signs, visit alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp or call our 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Bonnie Bollwinkel is professional education specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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