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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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