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News

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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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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