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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Author Randi Zuckerberg invites young readers to unplug in new book


Zuckerberg

When Los Altos author Randi Zuckerberg stops by Linden Tree Books at 4 p.m. Monday to present a reading of her new children’s book, she’ll be flipping through the pages to emphasize a point.

For this marketing maven, primarily associated with her years at Facebook Inc., the print book offers families a chance to unplug from their screens and connect through real-life experiences.

“Children today need digital literacy – these are the tools that are going to get them employed later in life,” Zuckerberg told the Town Crier. “But we want to make sure that we’re not getting them in front of tech so much that they don’t have real-world skills.”

Zuckerberg’s book “Dot.” (HarperCollins, 2013) tells the story of a tech-savvy toddler who knows a lot about technology and not as much about how her skills translate to nondigital experiences. Throughout the illustrated tale, Dot explores activities away from the screen.

The goal of her book, Zuckerberg explained, is to help parents evaluate the role technology should play during childhood. To share her personal experiences, she simultaneously published a book for parents, “Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives” (HarperCollins, 2013).

Zuckerberg said she looks forward to seeing friends, family and neighbors at the upcoming story-time and book signing.

For a full article on Zuckerberg, see the Town Crier’s Dec. 18 print edition. In addition to more about her new books, learn how she balances technology in her household.

Puppets visit Linden Tree

The Waldorf School of the Peninsula’s Puppetry Troupe is scheduled to perform “Rumpelstiltskin” 1 p.m. Saturday at the bookstore.

The troupe features marionettes made and operated by students. The play tells the tale of a miller’s daughter who seeks help from a magical little man to turn straw into gold.

For more information on the events, visit lindentreebooks.com.

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