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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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Tahoe Tidbits: Skiing, eating and music beckon visitors

North Shore

Imagine schussing down the steepest slopes at Northstar this winter with the sunlight twinkling on the snow. With the Hit the Slopes Package offered by the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, it could happen.

The package includes a deluxe or mountain guestroom, two three-day adult or child’s ski lift tickets at Northstar – with ski valet – for $529 per night. The special runs through April 20 and requires a four-night consecutive stay.

The hotel brings more to the winter party with its new Backyard Bar and BBQ, located on the back patio, when skiers hop off the gondola.

Daily 4-6 p.m. après-ski specials include veggie, cheese or barbecue wood-fired oven-baked pizzas; six-beer buckets for $20; and half-priced flatbreads. Enjoy hearty half- or full-rack smoked ribs, beef-brisket sandwiches or a smattering of sides like smoked pork beans, and a selection of desserts. Items range from $15 to $25.

Guests can order local craft beers or “saloon-inspired” cocktails, according to hotel spokeswoman Robin Penning.

The 170-room AAA Five-Diamond hotel features the Highlands Spa, which includes a fitness center and treatments centered on water and woods.

Café Blue offers organic Blue Bottle Coffee, and the Manzanita Restaurant serves California cuisine with organic, locally grown meats. For $75 per person, parties of eight can sit at the chef’s table next to the exposition kitchen for a culinary education from the chef de cuisine.

Another popular event occurs nightly outside at the fire pit, where a “marshmologist” teaches The Art of the S’more.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is located at 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee.

For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/LakeTahoe.

South Shore

There’s more to Tahoe than skiing.

Starship starring Mickey Thomas, the band derived from Jefferson Airplane, rocks into the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The band promises to play its biggest hits, including “We Built This City,” “Nothing’s Going to Stop Us” and “Sara.” Thomas also provided lead vocals on the Elvin Bishop Band’s 1976 smash “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner, also a founding member of the Airplane, left the band in 1984, suing for rights to the group’s name. He objected to the more commercial direction the group was headed. After the suit was settled in 1985, the band’s name eventually became Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is located at 15 Highway 50, Stateline, Nev.

For tickets – $46.20 with fees – visit ticketmaster.com.

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