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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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'Silent Sky' continues run in MV


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
Elena Wright stars as Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th-century woman whose startling discoveries changed the science of astronomy, in Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky.”

TheatreWorks presents the regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky,” which opened last week and is scheduled to run through Feb. 9 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

A blend of science, history and romance, the bio-drama tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th-century woman who made startling discoveries in the man’s world of astronomy.

Meredith McDonough directs a cast featuring TheatreWorks newcomers Elena Wright (as Henrietta) and Matt Citron, along with company veterans Jennifer Le Blanc, Sarah Dacey Charles and Lynne Soffer.

Henrietta leaves her Puritan family behind in 1893 when she heads to Harvard University to study the stars, eventually making a groundbreaking discovery that becomes the basis for the pivotal work of Edwin Hubble.

In an age of women’s suffrage and international uncertainty, she must balance her pioneering work with her family, a burgeoning romance and declining health, mapping her journey through a rigid society determined to keep a woman in her place.

Leavitt discovered more than 2,400 variable stars during her career.

Shows are slated 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 1, and 2 and/or 7 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $19-$73.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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