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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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SFMOMA good for Los Altos: Editorial

Downtown Los Altos has long reflected its status as a bedroom community – low-key and sleepy. It was called “the Village” for a reason. The long-running joke was that you could hear a pin drop on Main Street after 5 p.m.

That’s changing, in a big way. Three-story buildings and new businesses have sprouted in the Village. The sounds of construction have replaced the silence, as condos, a boutique hotel, a rebuilt Safeway and office-retail space at First and Main streets are underway.

Now the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is here, making downtown Los Altos a cultural destination. Its “Project Los Altos” officially debuted Friday. The museum has chosen Los Altos to host one of several traveling exhibitions throughout the Bay Area while the museum, located at 151 Third St. in San Francisco, undergoes renovation.

With a big boost from Passerelle Investment Co., SFMOMA has scheduled numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits and programs, some of which involve community participation.

Consider SFMOMA’s presence an opportunity to be educated – and challenged – by the visuals and concepts the artists present. The artists, in turn, want to learn about us. Communication is a two-way street, and art is always about communication. For instance, filmmaker Mike Mills, who has set up shop at the Costume Bank on State Street, features interviews of children whose parents work in high-tech. The artist gleans their views on the future, and viewers learn what children are honestly thinking.

Another exhibit, Katerina Seda’s “Everything Is Perfect,” invites residents to submit unique facts involving “everyday attributes,” such as “the bluest eyes or the largest collection of salt and pepper shakers.” Seda will choose from the submissions, display them in her exhibition space at 359 State St. and publish a record book, similar to the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

Some of the pieces are whimsical, such as Jessica Stockholder’s painted Fourth and State streets intersection and Chris Johanson’s playful, inflated question-mark “sculpture” at Village Park.

The artwork exercises the mind – and the body, too. You have to walk around downtown to really see it. That means more “feet on the street,” a long-sought-after goal for downtown vitality. Thank you, SFMOMA.

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