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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


Rendering courtesy of city of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. Red lines indicate vehicle access points, and yellow lines represent pedestri...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Black Friday? Loco! Shop local!: Editorial

Thursday and Friday of this week represent stunning contrasts. Tradition dictates that Thanksgiving Day is a time for all to take a deep breath, relax and recognize and appreciate our good fortunes. It’s a time for turkey dinners and hanging out with family members.

The next day is Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season. It’s marked by consumerism, materialism, stress, cynicism and an every-shopper-for-himself attitude that has resulted in big-box store stampedes. No, thanks!

If you agree, you’re far better off avoiding that circus altogether. Instead, get some sleep, wake up refreshed and do your holiday shopping in your own community.

In case you haven’t noticed, downtown Los Altos is becoming more relevant by the day. There are some excellent new retail stores and restaurants dotting Main and State streets. From men’s and women’s clothing to jewelry and gourmet foods, the merchandise is varied, unique and high quality.

The downtown area also is proving quite an attraction for families and children. The gift options here, from toys to books, are not only plentiful, they’re also educational. And among the new additions this year are stores for hobbyists.

Virtually all the stores and restaurants offer comfortable, lower-key environments in which to shop. Best of all, the customer service is far superior to the big-box businesses.

At downtown stores, you’re dealing with people who are helpful and know their inventory. Most of them offer complimentary gift wrapping.

Although downtown boasts the lion’s share of activity, shoppers shouldn’t overlook the other six Los Altos shopping districts. Comfortable shopping also is available at Rancho Shopping Center, Loyola Corners, Foothill Crossing, Woodland Plaza, Village Court and along the El Camino Real corridor.

Despite the parking shortage, shopping downtown is still no hassle compared with the overcrowded national chains. Even so, downtown is scheduled to offer valet parking in mid-December, and merchants will distribute all-day parking passes at shoppers’ request.

It’s best to walk through town and discover what’s here. You’ll find lots of pleasant surprises. And you’ll keep your sanity.

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