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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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100 Women Charitable Foundation Shop & Dine Day slated Dec. 12


The 100 Women Charitable Foundation will partner with more than 20 downtown Los Altos merchants and restaurants for a Shop & Dine Day fundraiser Dec. 12.

To date, participating businesses include: Adventure Toys & Teachers’ Supplies, Davino Florist, Linden Tree Books, Alys Grace, Fina Lifestyle, Nature Gallery, Apricot Lane, First and Main Sports Lounge, Opa!, Atelier Gray, Gourmet Works, Paperwhirl, Chico’s, JB&B Jewelers, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Cover Story, Know Knew Books, Present, Cranberry Scoop, Kula Sweet and Therapy.

Mention “100 Women” and participating retailers will donate a portion of the day’s sales to the Los Altos-based organization.

All proceeds will underwrite foundation grants to local nonprofit organizations that serve Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The grant recipients will be announced at the foundation’s seventh annual Member Dinner and Grant Vote, scheduled March 7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

The foundation’s mission is to provide access for more women to be involved in local philanthropy and to help make a significant difference in the long-term sustainability of the local nonprofit community.

Since 2006, the foundation has donated $629,500 to community-based organizations with programs that focus on education, family, and health and wellness. The organization has grown to 400 members.

Founders of the foundation include Mary Ann Poulos, Barbara Dehn, Connie Viveros and Teri Zingale.

Zingale, who currently serves on the board of directors, said she raised money for local schools for years before helping to start 100 Women.

“It was time to stop raising money for kids who have everything and start raising money for kids who don’t,” Zingale said of her inspiration.

For more information on the organization, visit 100womenfoundation.org.

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