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Police partner to deter distracted driving

Police partner to deter distracted driving


Erica Ray/Special to the Town Crier
Police officers from the city of Santa Clara last week supported traffic safety efforts in Los Altos.

Seven law enforcement agencies hit the streets of Los Altos last week to crack down on distracted driving throu...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

Vets center coordinator retiring – but not really

Vets center coordinator retiring – but not really


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Denise Swett, left, Foothill College vice president of student services, congratulates Carmela Xuereb on her retirement at an April 28 reception held in Xuereb’s honor.

Carmela Xuereb was surrounded by smiles from ...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alwa...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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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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