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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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