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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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