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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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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

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

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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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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