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News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

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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