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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.

The Dow...

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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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Helix: Ultimate science experiment arrives in downtown Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Owen, David and Zach Brunner of Los Altos, above, from left, put their hands together to conduct energy in one of Helix’s nearly 30 science exhibits. The Exploratorium recently opened the downtown Los Altos location at 316 State St.

First art, now science.

Los Altos is becoming an incubator for experimental projects, with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos” exhibition and the newly opened Helix, the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s first satellite location.

Visitors walking past Helix’s 316 State St. location may find it difficult to resist the allure of some curious science contraptions that sit just feet from the front window of the 5,000-square-foot community science center.

Funded by a one-year grant from Los Altos-based Passerelle Investment Co., the new space boasts approximately 25 kiosks with activities that challenge youth and adults alike to explore scientific principles in engaging ways.

From a “Scope on a Rope” that allows guests to magnify things around them at a microscopic scale and view them on a big screen to an anamorphic mirror that demonstrates how a concave piece of glass reflects the objects around it, the variety of possible experiments in the space offers much to fascinate and challenge visitors.

“It’s been surprisingly popular,” said Helix Director Anne Richardson of how the new space has been received since it opened for a soft launch Nov. 23. “People are happy that Los Altos has something like this to offer.”

The multipurpose space offers two floors of exhibit space, a retail shop and a classroom on the second floor that will be used for community programming.

Visitors may want to return to Helix more than once, as new installations are scheduled to rotate into and out of the space frequently.

Admission to Helix is “pay what you wish,” a decision made to ensure that the community space was accessible to all.

Although Helix is scheduled to be open through November 2014, Richardson said organizers are exploring revenue models that may keep the science center open even longer.

“We want people to feel like it’s their center,” Richardson said.

Helix’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesday, 1-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For a calendar of upcoming events and more information, visit helixlosaltos.org.


Helix opens in Los Altos - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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