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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Linden Tree Books offers holiday book suggestions

Dee Ellman, programs manager at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St. in Los Altos, offers a holiday gift guide of books appropriate for children and teens.

As wintery winds swirl around us for once, the booksellers at Linden Tree Books are scurrying through the shop gathering all kinds of notable and new children’s books. Most of Linden Tree’s booksellers are teachers or librarians, and all are readers and book lovers with dozens of recommendations for the perfect book for holiday gift giving. Following are a few of our favorites.

Picture books

“Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” (Little, Brown, 2013) by Peter Brown

Sameness and being prim and proper bore Mr. Tiger. He lives in a dreary city with all of the other animals who have excellent manners – but very little fun at all. Then one day Mr. Tiger has a very wild idea, which causes him to leave the gray-brown world far behind and find freedom, joy and wilderness and the bright pop of orange and green. This charming new picture book echoes the sentiments of Max in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things” (Harper & Row, 1963), as Mr. Tiger goes home to his city, taking a little bit of that wildness and color with him wherever he goes.

“The Day the Crayons Quit” (Philomel, 2013) by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Duncan wants to color, but all of his crayons have left the box. Instead he is left with letters – all of his crayons have quit. Red is tired of all the fire engines, candy canes and Santas and needs a rest. Green congratulates himself on being chosen for all of the alligators and dinosaurs, while Blue despairs of being the favored color of oceans, rivers and raindrops. Blue is worn down to a stub. Beige is tired of being overlooked. Yellow and Orange squabble over which is the true color of the sun. This book will have kids thinking of color in an entirely new way.

Middle-grades fiction

“Spirit Animals Wild Born” (Scholastic, 2013) by Brandon Mull

Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual. Each of them develops a rare bond with a spirit animal – a wolf, a leopard, a panda and a falcon. The fate of their world Erdas depends on these four children and their spirit animals. Will they be strong enough to stop the coming darkness?

“Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” (Candlewick, 2013) by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Poetic writing, quirky characters and magical illustrations distinguish this book by Newbery Award winner DiCamillo, author of “Because of Winn Dixie” (Candlewick, 2000). Florabelle, a cynical and lonely 10-year-old girl obsessed with comic books, releases a neighborhood squirrel from a vacuum cleaner and finds a new friend. The squirrel has superpowers, and together they use his super strength to fight evil and restore truth and beauty to the world.

Young-adult fiction

“Eleanor & Park” (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013) by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a big girl with red hair, and Park is a half-Korean boy who loves punk music and comic books. They meet on the bus and fall in love. They are an original and unlikely Romeo and Juliet living in 1980s Omaha, Neb. What begins as a love story quickly becomes so much more. Eleanor lives in poverty with an abusive stepfather, her mother and younger siblings. Park’s parents don’t really understand him at all, but both undergo great transformation as they seek to help this pair of star-crossed lovers navigate a world that simply won’t accept their love for one another.

For more information, visit lindentreebooks.com.

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