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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Los Altos History Museum celebrates holidays with Family Fun Fest Sunday


Photo courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Beanie Babies from collector Gayle Carter of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce decorate the 12-foot Christmas tree at the Los Altos History Museum.

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to celebrate the season with the “Holiday Family Fun Fest” 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The free family-friendly festival will include activities tailored to children.

“This time of year, it’s all about being with family and friends,” said event coordinator Pinky Whelan.

The event will feature storytelling, crafts, music and more.

Docents will offer tours of the adjacent J. Gilbert Smith House that highlight the role children played in the past.

“In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, most kids didn’t get a lot of gifts,” Whelan said. “This was way before TV and Xboxes. The radio was our entertainment – that and playing the piano and singing. Going to see a movie downtown was a big deal.”

A children’s choir will kick off the event at 2 p.m. Upstairs, guests can view the original Santa paintings from the collection of Los Altos artist Emily Hollinger. Refreshments will be served.

The Christmas tree in the museum is decorated with Beanie Babies from the collection of Gayle Carter, who works at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

“A friend who was collecting them said they would be of value one day,” Carter said. “I took one look at a funny-looking pelican and an adorable hedgehog and I was in love with them.”

Both collectors will be on hand at the event to chat with guests.

Children’s craft tables will be added to the main gallery to complement the current exhibition of local art, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward.”

“Kids and adults have been fascinated with the ‘Buddha Boards,’ where you paint with water,” said Jane Reed, exhibit curator and museum board president. “When it dries, the art is gone. It’s very Zen.”

For more information, call 948-9427, ext. 14, or visit losaltoshistory.org.

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