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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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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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