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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Artists talk practicalities during Los Altos High Art Week


Courtesy of Brandon Hong
A semester’s worth of student work is currently on display at Los Altos High School’s library, and photography students are documenting the show – see more of their work at losaltosonline.com.

Alumni returned to Los Altos High School for the annual Art Week last week to describe the nuts and bolts of making a living while making art.

An interior designer talked business and industry, an engineer for the city of Palo Alto described the engineering behind design work and a visual-effects artist brought a burst of Hollywood to the stage in Eagle Theater. The school’s art teachers invited the guests to focus on real-life applications for art as part of a weeklong event examining art in the real world.

Painter Jacqueline Norheim, a Los Altos High alumna, described the difficulties of balancing the need to make a living with a love for working in the world of fine art and described frankly how she hasn’t yet made the two completely overlap.

Supported by training in graphic design, Norheim designs logos, campaigns and motion graphics for advertising agencies and companies. She also creates vast experimental oil paintings and has exhibited around the United States.

“I do graphic design for money and having a job and that kind of thing, and I do fine art on the side,” she told students. “I think if you’re really dedicated to what you’re making, you just kind of find a way.”

Throughout the week, a community art installation explored the social uses for art and visual thinking. For “Thoughts, Reflections and Healing,” the libraryconference room’s walls became a patchwork of papers, using images, shapes and words to give visual form to the question of “injuries that need healing.” Participants are invited to collaborate on giving thoughts form and adding elements to the walls.

The show is a home for “whatever’s on their mind – worries and concerns – that they can’t talk about with other people,” Los Altos High art teacher Christine An explained.

“The visual communication, with words and images, is another layer of communication,” she said.

The installation aims to work its art on viewers, laying out a goal in its notes: “The space is transformed into a place of personal reflection of the participants. It prompts a new perspective of thought. It is this change in thoughts that triggers healing.”

Across the hallway, the semester’s student art, more than 500 recent works, are on exhibition.

Both shows are on display in the school’s library 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday.

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