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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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Ready, set, 'Let's Do This!' : SFMOMA and Town Crier invite creativity


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Ethan Lang of Los Altos creates a mind map in response to SFMOMA’s “Let’s Do This!” project.

People react to modern art much like taste buds respond to different foods – some people hate brussels sprouts while others can’t get enough of them.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” may or may not be someone’s cup of tea, but a series of art projects in January invites local residents to stir up creative concoctions flavored to their taste.

During a monthlong live art project in January titled “Let’s Do This!,” residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the greater Bay Area are encouraged to make their own art in response to a series of prompts.

Developed by “Project Los Altos” artists, the weekly calls to action are scheduled to be published as two-page spreads in the Town Crier every Wednesday in January, and online at sfmomalive.tumblr.com.

Regardless of age or artistic inclination, the prompts offer challenges to which anyone could respond.

“One of the main goals was to use a traditional medium like the newspaper – which by all accounts is widely read and revered by Los Altans – to create a space for anyone and everyone to explore, participate and feel more connected to the art on view in Los Altos that went beyond looking at the works in the exhibition,” said SFMOMA Public Programs Associate Gina Basso of the collaboration.

On week one, former Los Altos High School art teacher Charles Garoian will urge Town Crier readers and other participants to unplug from their devices and see what happens when their world is devoid of digital chatter.

Artist Chris Jankowski’s prompt will feature a competition to invent a new language that embodies the cultural identity of Silicon Valley.

As each prompt is completed, participants are invited to document their experiences through photos, videos, writing or another medium of their choice.

Each week SFMOMA and the Town Crier editorial team will collect responses via email, Twitter, Facebook, mail or hand-delivery to the Town Crier office. The Town Crier staff will compile all responses for display online, and a selection of the most creative, interesting and/or visually stimulating entries will be published in the print version of the paper.

“While the projects are really a seedbed of ideas or suggestions for creating art and performance, in the end it comes to life through public participation, and we hope your readers (and anyone else) will feel inspired to participate,” Basso said.

For a peek at the prompts and how the first participants are responding, visit sfmomalive.tumblr.com/.

Families participate in SFMOMA's "Lets Do This!" - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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