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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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Community Briefs

MV Kiwanis Club accepts grant requests

The Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Foundation is currently accepting grant requests that meet a critical health or human care need in the city of Mountain View.

Grant awards should address the needs of children under the age of 18 or seniors 60 and over and have objectives that are time-specific and measurable.

Organizations submitting grants must have 501(c)(3) status. Proof of 501(c)(3) status with a copy of the federal tax-exempt notification letter is required when submitting a grant request.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is Dec. 1.

Mail applications to the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, PO Box 607, Mountain View 94042.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/KiwanisMV.

SFMOMA, library launch art series

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Altos Library kick off a six-part series of art talks with the docent presentation “Big, Bold Beautiful: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field” 7-8 p.m. Monday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The lecture will highlight di Suvero’s eight monumentally scaled sculptures on display at San Francisco’s Crissy Field through May 16.

Working primarily in steel beams and plates, di Suvero creates dramatic sculptures that convey a sense of both light and movement. The discussion will explore the artist’s personal connections to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and highlight his other contributions to the Bay Area art scene.

Admission is free open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Kiwanis Club collects for Turkey Round Up

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, sponsor of the annual Pet Parade in May, seeks donations for its Annual Turkey Round Up.

Each year, club members purchase and deliver turkeys to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto so that families in need assistance can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

To donate, send a check to the Los Altos Kiwanis Club Foundation, PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

SPARC speaker addresses health care

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition has scheduled author Sally C. Pipes to discuss health care at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute since 1991, is considered a leading opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Her book, “The Cure for Obamacare” (Encounter Books, 2013) examines changes that could halt full implementation of the plan. She will discuss what she considers a better alternative for effective health care.

Pipes regularly addresses national and international audiences on health care, women’s issues, civil rights and the economy.

For more information, visit sparcgop.org.

Deadline extended for volunteer awards

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is still accepting nominations for its annual volunteer awards luncheon, scheduled Dec. 13 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

Since the awards’ inception in 1983, the committee has recognized 295 individual volunteers and nine organizations.

For more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.

Local artists display work at History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s contemporary art exhibition, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward,” runs through March 23 at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The project celebrates local artists with a juried exhibition in painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. The display complements the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s off-site exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” scheduled to run through March at various venues across the city.

Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Homestay program needs host families

The International Student Placements program at Foothill and De Anza colleges needs host families for international students.

The program has placed students with local families for more than 20 years. Host families are asked to provide a private or double bedroom and share meals and kitchen privileges.

The arrangements start in August and end in June. Hosts are paid between $825 and $1,000 per month in two installments. Families may include singles or couples with or without children, retirees or empty-nesters.

For more information, call Sarah Joy at (408) 464-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘One Warm Scarf’ campaign underway

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein has launched her annual “One Warm Scarf” campaign to provide accessories to the area’s homeless residents. She collects used hats, gloves and scarves to ease the upcoming winter chill.

Goldstein has delivered hundreds of items to the homeless. She also collects yarn to donate to knitting clubs, whose members then knit hats and gloves.

To donate and for more information, call 968-2751 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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