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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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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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Game on: LAH family publishes book: New compilation highlights 150-plus group activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Riley Breier and his father, Mark, playfully showcase their new book, “Life Is a Game: Group Games for Kids, Teens and Adults.” The book is available at Linden Tree Books on State Street in Los Altos.

The Breier family of Los Altos Hills was cruising in the car on a family vacation earlier this year when the idea hit them to compile a book of group games.

After months of perspiration, persistence and teamwork, the family raised $6,000 on Kickstarter to publish their first book, “Life Is a Game: Group Games for Kids, Teens and Adults” (CreateSpace, 2013).

“Usually when I open a book I see names I don’t know,” said 12-year-old Riley Breier, who contributed content to the book along with his parents, grandmother and two brothers.

Riley’s friends couldn’t believe that he was actually writing a book. But with the release of “Life Is a Game” in early December, they need only visit Linden Tree Books at 265 State St. in Los Altos or browse the virtual pages of Amazon to verify the Breiers’ teamwork.

Riley’s dad, Mark, noted that the nearly 200-page book is crammed with fun group games that are divided by recommended context and age level.

Many of the more than 150 games are accompanied by introductions from family members as well as bold pen-and-ink illustrations.

Although the family recommends board games and some digital games that require plugging into a screen, most of the featured games encourage interaction among generations.

Whether sock wrestling each other to the floor, playing pocket tanks or masterminding strategy in the game El Presidente, the Breiers like to have fun together and think that other families will enjoy their favorite group games as much as they do.

To order “Life Is a Game” and for more information, visit 101groupgames.com.

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