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City chips in $7,000 for SFMOMA installation

City chips in $7,000 for SFMOMA installation


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The Los Altos City Council earmarked $7,000 for the purchase of Chris Johanson’s artwork.

The city of Los Altos will contribute $7,000 toward the purchase of a $28,000 art installation featured in the San Francisco Museum...

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Schools

LASD students celebrate service learning

LASD students celebrate service learning


Courtesy of Sandra McGonagle
We Day, held March 26 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, exhorts students in the Los Altos School District to effect positive change.

More than 150 Los Altos School District student leaders joined 16,000 Bay Area students to ce...

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Community

Film career launches with Cannes screening

Film career launches with Cannes screening


Courtesy of Zachary Ready
Los Altos native Zachary Ready, front left, and co-director Andrew Cathey, right, celebrate their Campus MovieFest awards.

After learning the art of filmmaking as a child in the front yard of his family’s Los Altos home...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

Pathways Run/Walk slated May 10 in Hills

The 13th annual Pathways Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. May 10 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. The course wends through Byrne Preserve and onto the Los Altos Hills Pathways sys...

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Comment

Now is the time to expand parking: Editorial

Just a few short years ago, vacancies dotted downtown Los Altos. Property owners had a hard time attracting businesses because there was a shortage of customers. That is no longer true. Now, the cry is: Where are my customers going to park?

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Special Sections

Epicurean's Mary Clark Bartlett: Serving sustainability

Epicurean's Mary Clark Bartlett: Serving sustainability


Courtesy of Michael McTighe
Mary Clark Bartlett is founder and CEO of Los Altos-based Epicurean Group.

Labels such as “healthy,” “organic” and “green” are rarely used to describe the meals served in most corporate cafes in Silicon Valley. But on...

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Business

Local realtor honored for volunteer efforts

Local realtor honored for volunteer efforts


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Coldwell Banker recently recognized realtor Kim Copher, right, for her philanthropic efforts. Copher and colleague Alan Russell, left, volunteer at Reach Potential Movement, where they collect books for its Bookshelf in ...

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Books

Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summa...

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People

Noteworthy

RotaCare honors local volunteer

RotaCare Bay Area honored Jim Cochran of the RotaCare Mountain View Free Medical Clinic with the Outstanding Clinic Volunteer Award April 10 for his commitment to RotaCare’s mission of providing free medical care to t...

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Travel

Sausalito: Explore the historical city with world-class views

Sausalito: Explore the historical city with world-class views


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
Sausalito offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. A number of companies schedule boat tours that sail past Angel Island and Alcatraz.

On a clear day, Sausalito offers spectacular views of the San Franc...

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Stepping Out

Western Ballet performs this weekend  at Smithwick Theatre in Los Altos Hills

Western Ballet performs this weekend at Smithwick Theatre in Los Altos Hills


Courtesy of Alexi Zubiria
Western Ballet’s “La Fille Mal Gardée” features Alison Share and Maykel Solas. The production runs Friday and Saturday at Foothill College

Western Ballet is slated to perform “La Fille Mal GardéeR...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away


Van Houtte/Town Crier Yoga of Los Altos hosts a variety of classes, including Strong Flow Vinyasa, above, taught by Doron Hanoch. Yin Yoga instructor Janya Wongsopa guides a student in the practice, below.

It’s nearly 9 a.m. on a Monday mornin...

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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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