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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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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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Inspiration comes one piece at a time for Los Altos mosaic artist

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Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Angela Sanders pieces together precious stones and tiles into detailed works of art in her home studio.  Her work is currently on display at the Nature Gallery in Los Altos.

Angela Sanders balances a block of precious stone on the edge of a sharp, chiseled wedge of metal. With one swing of her hammer, she creates a clean break in the material. After several hits, she yields uniform squares smaller than the width of her pinky finger. To create artistic masterpieces in glass and stone, Sanders has learned to overcome fear in more than one way.

“Nothing is so precious that you should be afraid of it,” said Sanders of the 24-karat gold-coated glass and rare stone she frequently uses in her colorful creations. “You can’t be afraid to change your vision.”

An engineer and dedicated mother of two, Sanders did not always have time to pursue artistic endeavors. When her children matured into young adults, she found time to paint and make prints in her home studio in Los Altos Hills. But it wasn’t until she visited her ancestral home in Hull, England, that her interest in fine-art mosaics emerged. Finding inspiration in the Romano-British mosaics unearthed from local fields on display at the Hull and East Riding Museum, Sanders began her journey into the medium in 2005.

Piecing a passion together

With an eye toward detail, training from the San Francisco Art Institute and a certificate in Chinese painting, Sanders found an intrinsic fit working in mosaics.

“Mosaics create their own language,” she said. “I try to make (the mosaics) into a story that is interesting and intriguing.”

Sanders found training and mentorship through the Chicago Mosaic School, the first in the Americas.

She works with the materials to tell a story. Beginning with sketches on paper, her creations layer elements of texture and contrast into modern art. Her work decorates the canvas of pool decks and homes, as well as walls and floors.

In one of her most recent pieces, “The Fire,” on display at Nature Gallery at 296 State St., she drew inspiration from personal memory and Mother Nature. The approximately 12- inch-by-15-inch creation, anchored by a piece of petrified wood and surrounded by warm red, orange and yellow hues of cut and chipped glass and stone, evolved from last summer’s 250,000-acre wildfire at Yosemite National Park. The work reflects Sanders fascination with Mother Nature’s need for destruction to bring about new growth and her personal memory of getting married at Yosemite.

Focused on completing her piece, Sanders spent 12-15 hours a day working on the piece for nearly two months.

When Carol Garsten of Nature Gallery saw the piece, she invited Sanders to display a selection of her work at the shop. The artwork on display is priced from $1,800 to $6,000. Sanders also creates customized mosaic work on commission.

For more information, visit angelaturnersanders.com.

Mosaic artist Angela Sanders - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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