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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Kiwanis Club of Los Altos ups its goals of providing more service to needy residents


Kiwanis Club of Los Altos members support the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto by purchasing turkeys for the program to deliver to families in need.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos recently kicked off its 67th year of serving the community with a new president at the helm.

Charmaine Turbow took the reins as president and outlined her goals for the club.

“The rat race has trapped most of us into checking our smartphones every two minutes and honking our horns at each other to hurry up,” she said. “Service shouldn’t be defined by the sick or poor, or designed by the holidays when we see signs to give back. I truly think it’s important to give back year-round, and that’s why I think our service club is one of the best around.”

The club sponsors a number of annual events, including the Kiwanis Pet Parade and the Kiwanis Special Games for challenged students in Santa Clara County.

In addition to its traditional mainstays, the club launched new projects this year, including harvesting apples from Turbow’s Los Altos Hills backyard and donating the bounty to the Community Services Agency.

“This was my very first service project with the Los Altos Kiwanis group,” said new member Stephanie Schmitz of the apple-picking party. “I had so much fun bonding with the members and picking apples as a team. It reminded me of living in Ohio and going into the apple orchards to pick apples with my family. It felt great knowing that such a fun project could actually be so beneficial and rewarding.”

Turbow plans to replace one of the club’s weekly meetings each month with a service project.

“Service projects can be as simple as refurbishing picnic tables for kids or picking up trash in a park,” she said. “My leadership this year runs on the sole premise, ‘If we call ourselves a service organization, then we better well get our hands dirty and serve our community.’”

Earlier this month, members enjoyed a bag lunch and pitched in at the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto, restocking food shelves and boxing vegetables and fruit for those in need.

“It was amazing how much we accomplished in just one hour with the large group of volunteers we had participating,” said club member Bob Galen. “We had fun but remained focused on our assignments. It felt great to know that we were able to lighten the load of the employees at the Ecumenical Hunger Program so that they could concentrate on other tasks.”

Members gathered last week at the Safeway on San Antonio Road to purchase more than 150 turkeys to deliver to the Ecumenical Hunger Program for distribution to families in need for Thanksgiving.

The club plans to partner with The Makery in downtown Los Altos next month to make holiday cards for patients at El Camino Hospital.

“I love how much we give back to our community,” Turbow said. “We are truly a club that is small and mighty. But we can’t do it without members. So if there is even a cell within you, a bug that says, ‘I want to give back,’ I urge you to come join us in a service project.”

Four new members have joined the club in the past few months. The club meets noon Tuesdays for lunch at the Kiwanis Club House, 4546 El Camino Real, Suite B-4, Los Altos. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.

For more information, visit losaltoskiwanis.org.

Traci Newell is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos.

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