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News

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Senior Center Happenings

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. All events take place at Hillview unless otherwise noted. To register for an event and for more information, call 947-2797 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.

Holidays/celebrations

• The Senior Center is scheduled to close Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Feb. 17 for Presidents Day.

• The Senior Center is slated to celebrate its 37th anniversary with a birthday lunch noon Feb. 21.

Activities

• Project Los Altos Walkabout: 9 a.m. Feb. 6, Room 10. Participants will meet at the Senior Center and walk around town visiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” exhibits. The free walk will take place rain or shine.

• Men’s Group: 10 a.m. Feb. 6, Room 10. The group invites single and married men to enjoy pastries and coffee as they chat with other men. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are preferred.

• Movie Day: 1 p.m. Feb. 7, Room 12. The featured movie is Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” rated PG-13, running time 98 minutes. The film stars Cate Blanchett. Free for members, $1 for nonmembers. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

• Aging in Place Conference: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave. The city of Mountain View’s Senior Advisory Committee is slated to host seminars and vendors of interest to seniors. For more information, call 903-6330.

• Book Club: 1 p.m. Feb. 13, Room 18. February’s selection is “Cleopatra: A Life” (Little, Brown, 2010) by Stacy Schiff. Participants may bring a bag lunch and join members at 12:30 p.m.

Classes

• AARP Smart Driver Course 2014: 1-5 p.m. Friday and Jan. 24, Room 12. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers. Bring a check to class made out to “AARP” with your AARP number. Participants must have completed the eight-hour class within the past three years to attend the renewal class, slated 1-6 p.m. March 21 in Room 12. Reserve a spot for either class in advance by calling the Senior Center.

• Bone Smart Movement and Beyond: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 29 through March 26 (no class Feb. 19), Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. The class incorporates standing, sitting and mat Pilates exercises to strengthen bones. Participants will be guided through stretches, balance exercises, weight-bearing routines and alignment motions.

• Stepping On Program: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Jan. 21 through March 3. Stepping On, co-sponsored by the Stanford University Medical Center Trauma Service, identifies behaviors related to fall risks for seniors 65 and older who have fallen in the past year or who fear falling. Participants must live in a house or an apartment, must be able to walk without assistance and must not suffer from dementia. The class may be full – call the Senior Center to be placed on the waiting list or for a list of other Stepping On sites.

• Personal Emergency Preparedness class: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18, Room 16. The city of Los Altos, in coordination with the fire and police departments, offers PEP training. Topics include: impact of an area-wide disaster; a how-to guidebook covering seniors’ health and wellness; fire safety and fire extinguishers; household hazardous materials; emergency planning; and supply-kit preparation. Register with the Recreation Department at losaltosca.gov/recreation.

Services

• Computer assistance: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays (PC), 1-2 p.m. Thursdays (iPad and Mac) in Room 10. PC tutor Jenny Warila introduces seniors to basic computer concepts. Dean Johnson handles troubleshooting with Apple devices, applications, downloading upgrades and more. The experts are available by appointment only for those with Senior Center membership.

• Case management: 10 a.m. Friday and Feb. 21, case managers from the Community Services Agency discuss various topics of interest. Friday’s topic will be housing. The Feb. 21 presentation will cover emergency assistance. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center.

• Free tax assistance and electronic filing: 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Feb. 10 through April 14, Room 10. Available to low- to moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those more than 60 years old. Bring a list of your income, cost basis information for taxable sales, deductible expenses and tax payment, copies of your 2012 federal and state tax returns, a picture ID and documents showing all Social Security numbers. Sponsored by the AARP Tax-Aide program, which requires all tax returns to be filed electronically. By appointment only. Call the Senior Center for an appointment.

Volunteer

• The Senior Center seeks a volunteer to teach piano. To volunteer, call volunteer coordinator Jennifer Weiss at 947-2897 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Monkey Toy Ladies need helpers and donations of nylons to make stuffed monkeys for sick children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The group meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays in Room 11. For more information, visit monkeytoyladies.com.

Scholarships

The city of Los Altos offers eight $200 scholarships for Senior Center membership. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying individuals. Applicants must reside in Los Altos and have an annual income under $39,800. To request an application, call Peggy Ford at 947-2790.

The town of Los Altos Hills also offers scholarships to its residents. For more information, call Sarah Gualtieri at 947-2814.

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