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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

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 R...

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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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Waldorf School hosts 28th annual Holiday Faire

Waldorf School of the Peninsula has scheduled its 28th annual Holiday Faire 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its Los Altos campus, 11311 Mora Drive.

The event is based on centuries-old traditions and “steeped in reverence” for the winter season, according to organizers.

The fair will offer a variety of hands-on activities for children and adults, including decorating gingerbread cookies; dipping beeswax candles; and making wreaths, centerpieces, garlands and candleholders using colorful natural materials. This year’s program has added a storytelling room where local storytellers will weave yarns for all ages.

In the Gnome Adventure, children may crawl through a passage lined with wintry vignettes of gnomes hard at work doing seasonal chores. At the end of the journey, each child may choose a decorated treat from the cookie tree.

The fair will also feature old-fashioned games of skill, such as Treasure Mountain, Leap of Faith, Troll Bridge, Shoot for the Stars, Catapult Castle, Balance Challenge, Pillow Jousting and Beanbag Bonanza.

The entertainment will include African drumming, folk dancing and performances by Waldorf students and faculty. A puppet show based on Rumplestiltskin will be performed several times during the day.

Free on-site parking and shuttles to nearby lots will be available. Food trucks will be on-site all day.

The expanded Heart’s Delight Boutique will offer more than 10,000 handmade and unique items for sale, including European wooden toys, candles, knit scarves, shawls, felt purses, children’s books, parenting and craft books, yarn and knitting materials, arts and crafts supplies, and dolls. The boutique will also be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit waldorfpeninsula.org.

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