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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Insiders' Guide to Project Los Altos

11.20.2013 ProjectLosAltosGuideCrowds wielding quarter-page red guidebooks meander around downtown streets in search of artistic gems as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley.” Although some of the creations unfold on screen or gallery walls, many of the project installations involve visitors in more immersive experiences.

The Town Crier team toured the sites during the inaugural weeks of the project and compiled an insiders’ guide with navigation tips. Readers can clip the guide out, photograph it for cellphone viewing or even memorize it as a tool to impress guests. For a PDF version of our guide, click here.

Whether tackling one or two project installations at a time or all exhibits in one trip, lace up comfortable walking shoes for a modern-art treasure hunt.

“Project Los Altos” runs through March 2. Read the Town Crier for updates on special events scheduled during its stay.

Outdoor installations are open at all times. Indoor installations are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For additional information visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572.

– Text and photos by Ellie Van Houtte

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Indoor Installations

Costume Bank, 169 State St.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8190Mike Mills, “A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project”

• Enter through the Costume Bank, to its back room.

• Inspired by Silicon Valley’s transition, Mills’ installation includes a video of local youth describing their ideas of the future with short biographies and photos of eight people who work or live in the area.

• A copy of the April 1, 1976, Los Altos Town Crier enables visitors to review news events during the year Steve Jobs incorporated Apple Computer. A copy of Apple’s incorporation papers is in the centerfold.

Tip: Mills collected pieces of clothing from the subjects included in his installation and displays the articles on a rack in the corner of the room. Look closely at the labels.

242 State St.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8171Jeremy Blake, “Winchester”

• Inspired by San Jose’s Winchester House, built circa the 1880s by Sarah Winchester, who also owned the property that became the city of Los Altos. Blake’s three-screen film seems more psychedelic than spooky.

Tip: Allow at least 10-15 minutes for viewing.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8178Spencer Finch, “Back to Kansas”

• Configured in the shape of a movie screen, the blocks of this colorful grid are inspired by the colors found in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

Tip: View Finch’s piece just before and after sunset. As the sun sets around 5 p.m., relax in one of the comfortable sofas as the squares fade to gray. Cards and pencils are available to allow guests to mark the times when the different colors disappear.

271 State St.

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7122Christian Jankowski, “Silicon Valley Talks”

• Comfortable bright-green furniture invites guests to relax as they enter the dim space of Jankowski’s installation.

• Filmed talks by nine local entrepreneurs – ranging from how to write a poem to falling in love and an introduction to fly fishing and vacation – challenge visitors to get lost in the artistic presentation of the spoken word.

Tip: Jankowski filmed the series earlier this month, and the presentation includes local residents.

359 State St.

COMM SFMOMAProjectLosA fmtCharles Garoian

• A Los Altos High School art teacher for 17 years, Garoian’s slide show highlights nine performance-art pieces created with his students during his tenure.

Background article "Former LAHS teacher Garoian inspired a generation of 'misfits'"

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7106Katerina Šedá, “Everything Is Perfect”

• In Šedá’s vision, every Los Altos or Los Altos Hills resident is someone with “ordinary characteristics and talents.” Her installation involves the community as the primary subject of her artistic experiment.

• Unlike most of the other installations, Sedá’s project is a work in progress. A physical desk with submission forms and a computer allow viewers to submit a record for inclusion in a “Los Altos World Record Book,” scheduled for publication in the spring.

Tip: After visiting the submission desk, visit everythingisperfect.org to see some of the current entries, ranging from the Youngest Mayor to the Longest Knitting Pig Hat.

Background Article: "Project Los Altos artist collecting everyday records from residents"

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7091bAlec Soth

• Enjoy a unique glimpse of Silicon Valley through Soth’s collection of black and white photographs.

• From obscure landscapes of tech headquarters to local residents in venues that defy the perceptions about the area, the collection illuminates iconic and everyday community scenes from a new perspective.

Outdoor Installations

Intersection of State and Fourth streets

10.21.2013 SFMOMA-9933Jessica Stockholder, “Cross Hatch”

• With an October unveiling, this street painting was SFMOMA’s first “Project Los Altos” exhibit to arrive in town.

• The piece incorporates shapes that mimic the triangular shape of downtown Los Altos.

• Sitting in the bleachers adjacent to the installation, visitors can observe pedestrians, cars and other elements as they intersect with the artwork.

Tip: Consider climbing the stairs located on the Plaza Central side of 142 State St. for a unique photo angle.

Background Article: "Bold strokes on State Street draw colorful reaction"

Shasta and First streets

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8204Chris Johanson, “If You Are Open to It, You Can Find a Sign That Can Be a Sign”

• Finding this installation by Johanson can be difficult, but if visitors pay close attention to the intersection, they can spot a green post jutting from a building on the north side of Shasta Street.

Tip: This piece is best examined by viewing from all angles.

Lincoln Park

11.8.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-7208Chris Johanson, “Door Sculpture to Talk About the Idea of Different Possibilities You May Have to Process Your Life”

• A series of three life-size doors open at different angles represents the opportunities for change that individuals encounter in life and their willingness to embrace them.

• Colorful frames entice visitors of all ages, especially children, who can be spotted wandering through the installation on the way to school in the morning.

Tip: Stop by the installation on a foggy morning to experience a sense of serenity and mystery. The vibrant doors seem particularly prominent to the eye as a blanket of fog fades the traffic of Foothill Expressway and the giant redwood trees of Lincoln Park into the background.

Village Park

11.8.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-5434Chris Johanson, “I Do Not Know But Am Open to Learning”

• Johanson’s giant, inflated question-mark installation is easy to find.

Tip: Walk through and around the perimeter of the park to see how the landscape changes the way the sculpture is framed.


Civic Center Apricot Orchard

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7137Chris Johanson, “The Field Became an Orchard Became a House and Became an Orchard (in Los Altos)”

• Surrounded by an orchard of trees, it’s easy to miss this installation – a weathered door that rests on the ground. The door mysteriously seems to predate the tree growing through it.

Tip: As leaves change color and small yellow flowers blossom, November is the ideal time to visit the city’s signature orchard to peek at the installation.

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