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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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