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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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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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Rotary Club speaker touts Bing Hall acoustics


Steve Pomeroy/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Wiley Hausam, who oversees programming at the new Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, said the venue will schedule more than 60 performances per year. Hausam spoke at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Nov. 7.

The executive director of Stanford Live, the university’s performing-arts presenter and producer, appeared at the Rotary Club of Los Altos Nov. 7 to sing the praises of the campus’ new Bing Concert Hall.

Wiley Hausam oversees programming at the new performance hall, which opened last January with plans for more than 60 performances per year, in addition to another 30 by the university’s music department.

Following its inaugural season of concerts, future seasons are expected to include multidisciplinary performances showcasing music, dance, theater, opera and immersive video.

Professional performers aren’t the only stars, however.

“There is broad participation by Stanford students, and almost none are musicians,” said Hausam, adding that the students tend to be mathematicians and scientists.

Hausam noted that the “Sing and Play the Bing” event is the one night of the year reserved for community groups to perform free of charge.

The acoustics are extremely sensitive in the 360-degree venue, as everyone can see each other and hear each other – a “very demanding situation,” Hausam said. The wooden stage floor was left unfinished for acoustic reasons. Enormous canvas “sails” surround the 842 seats.

Because the theater holds so few seats, the first 20 shows quickly sold out via subscriptions. To purchase individual tickets, concertgoers must register online at live.stanford.edu for notification when tickets become available. Bing memberships support the high cost of performers in the intimate venue.

“Managing the scarcity of tickets has become a challenge,” Hausam said.

The Stanford campus boasts four performance venues in addition to Bing Concert Hall: Bing Studio with 100 seats, Memorial Auditorium with 1,700, Memorial Church with 1,200 and Frost Amphitheater with 5,000.

Hausam said his goal is “to become the leading presenter of theater arts in all university venues.”

For more information on the Rotary Club of Los Altos, visit losaltosrotary.org.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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