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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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Schools Briefs

Blach and Egan host holiday faires

The public is invited to shop for holiday gifts at the annual Blach Intermediate School Holiday Faire, slated 1-4 p.m. Friday at 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos.

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the school’s multipurpose room and library, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

More than 200 students at each campus have created original handcrafted items such as hats, scarves, jewelry, homemade treats, ornaments, candies, wallets and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the schools’ PTAs.

LASD sponsors kindergarten information nights

The Los Altos School District has scheduled kindergarten information nights at each of its seven elementary schools 7 p.m. Thursday.

Interested families are invited to attend the event at their home school. Presentations are slated at Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools.

Each school’s principal will discuss how the district approaches learning for all students, offer more information on the school’s programs and highlights, and provide an overview on student registration.

For more information, call the district office at 947-1150 or visit lasdschools.org/District/4309-Kindergarten-Registration.html.

St. Francis schedules Holiday Home Tour

The St. Francis High School Women’s Club has scheduled its 25th annual “Christmas at Our House” Holiday Home Tour Thursday through Saturday in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The tour will feature four homes decorated in holiday themes, with live entertainment by St. Francis High musicians and vocalists, and a complimentary tea. A luncheon, Christmas boutique and Santa’s Workshop Donation Drawing will follow at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The event will also include a special Joe Escobar Diamonds Showcase Drawing valued at $5,000.

The Twilight Tour and Gala is scheduled 4-10 p.m. Thursday. The Holiday Home Tour and Christmas boutique are slated 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The holiday buffet luncheon is set 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $45 for the home tour, $30 for the luncheon and $125 for the preview party (includes special Twilight Tour). Tickets for the Joe Escobar Diamonds Showcase Drawing are $25 each, five for $100; and tickets for the Santa’s Workshop Donation Drawing are $5 each, five for $20. Tickets are available through today.

For tickets and more information, call 968-1213, ext. 701; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christmas-at-our-house.

Cares and Shares

sponsors toy drive

Cares and Shares, Courtyard Marriott’s community support program serving Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, has scheduled a toy drive through Dec. 20.

Cares and Shares, in partnership with the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, is collecting unwrapped toys for youth ages 5-18 at the Courtyard Marriott, 4320 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Those who donate will receive a complimentary breakfast and a tall Starbucks coffee.

In addition to the toy drive, Cares and Shares facilitates nonprofit organizations in fund-raising by encouraging local residents, visitors, sports teams, merchants and businesses to book weekend or holiday room nights at the Courtyard Marriott in Los Altos. For every night booked, the group will receive a $30 donation from Courtyard Marriott.

For more information, visit caresshares.com or marriott.com/paocy.

BCS students perform in play

Bullis Charter School fifth- and sixth-graders are scheduled to perform in “Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife” 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 102 W. Portola Ave.

The little hamlet of Limerick is full of colorful characters, but none more colorful than boastful Finn McCool, strongest man in all of Ireland. One problem: Finn is actually as weak as a kitten. Terrified that his boasts will get him in trouble with the rest of the town, Finn is fortunate that his wife, Oona, is not only the cleverest citizen in Limerick, but also fearless. But when three mischievous leprechauns trick the fearsome Banshee Queen into coming after foolish Finn, can even the courageous Oona save her husband’s skin?

Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

For more information, visit bullischarterschool.com.

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