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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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New committee promotes public art movement in Los Altos Hills


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Karen Druker of the Los Altos Hills Art in Public Places Committee shares ideas for outdoor sculptures throughout town.

Imagine the visual poetry of viewing a colorful line of sculptures parallel to Los Altos Hills Town Hall while driving or walking along Fremont Road. If donors come forward, modern art may soon take root near the gravel trails and electric-vehicle charging stations that are a staple in the rural community.

“Not everybody is going to like everything, but we guarantee that it will be interesting,” said Karen Druker, chairwoman of the town’s new Art in Public Places Committee.

Along with six other committee members who have agreed to serve as ambassadors of the arts, Druker is sounding the call for donors.

When a donor inquired how he or she could bequeath art to the town last spring, the question stumped the city council, leading to the formation of a committee dedicated to developing a workable process for handling bequests. Since officially convening in August, the committee has scouted potential sites for sculptures at the town hall campus, Westwind Community Barn and Edith Park and developed a book of prospective art, available for viewing at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall reception desk, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

“We’re trying to expedite the process,” said Art in Public Places Committee member Gail Solomon of the reference book highlighting sculptures that reflect site-specific scale and characteristics. “This is a starting point to kick-start our campaign.”

One anonymous donor has already expressed interest in commissioning a $10,000 abstract sculpture series for placement near the large oak tree at town hall. If the donor’s impending contract with the artist for the commission moves forward without delay and the council accepts the donation, Los Altos Hills’ first piece of public art could be installed in the spring.

Druker noted that there are many reasons a resident may want to donate public art, including immortalizing a family’s involvement in the town or memorializing someone who has passed away. With a price tag between $3,000 and $50,000 for each site-specific sculpture, individuals as well as groups of donors are invited to contribute.

The committee is exploring fundraising options that would enable residents to make smaller contributions toward a sculpture or perhaps a sculpture garden. The donor-funded serpentine seating wall at town hall is an example of how the community has embraced the idea of funding public art in the past.

“The results will speak for themselves,” said Solomon of the public sculpture program. “If we have a successful launch, it sort of carries on on its own feet.”

For more information, call Druker at 941-8073 or 941-7222.

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