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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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Main Street's imagination station : Build It Again with Bricks promotes creativity via LEGOs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Nicholas Moore, 5, of Los Altos surveys the army of LEGO soldiers on display at Build It Again with Bricks. The store opened its doors last week at 398 Main St.

A new Los Altos business owner is aiming to open up a world of possibilities for children in Los Altos – through LEGOs.

Nicknamed the “LEGO Lady,” Build It Again with Bricks owner Karla Oliveira recently relocated her business from its home on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park to the former site of Lite for Life at 398 Main St. Her shop – which offers new and used LEGOs for sale in addition to classes, parties and other LEGO-centric services – opened last week. Reached by the Town Crier, Oliveira said she plans to host an official grand opening sometime in February.

Oliveira originally launched the business in Menlo Park last August despite her original intention to set up shop in Los Altos. That opportunity arrived in late November, when the former Lite for Life space became available for lease.

“I just really wanted to open, so I did on Santa Cruz Avenue, but it’s been off-the-charts expensive,” said Oliveira, a Los Altos Hills resident who opened the store after 15 years of offering kid-friendly classes in all things LEGO throughout the Bay Area. “I really wanted a place where I could do a lot more with kids. … One of my biggest focuses is to get girls into LEGOs, too.”

Oliveira noted that her love for LEGOs began nearly 20 years ago, when she started buying various sets for her 3-year-old son because “it was the one thing that he was interested in.”

Soon after, the newfound hobby resulted in Oliveira’s “buying LEGOs like crazy” and turning what began as a hobby into a career by setting up demonstrations and teaching classes in LEGO building at schools and children’s birthday parties throughout the Peninsula.

Oliveira said her move to Los Altos means that she will be able to offer some new services for customers, such as group team-building classes for adults and summer day camps for kids. She added that she will offer drop-off play hours so that children can enjoy hands-on activities throughout the day.

No matter how old the patron, Oliveira said her goal is to make sure that children and adults alike have fun exploring their creative sides.

“It’s anything goes,” she said. “It’s the kids’ imaginations that determine what we do.”

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/builditagainwithbricks.

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