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News

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Community Briefs

Woman’s club hosts professional organizer

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled professional organizer Lisa Mark to speak at its Feb. 5 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Mark, a Certified Professional Organizer and founder of The Time Butler Professional Organizers, specializes in small business and residential organizing, productivity coaching, relocation and developing strategies for clients with critical illness or injury. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Mark’s presentation at 1 p.m.

Admission is open to the public, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call 948-3553.

Docent discusses work of Matisse

Fine-arts docent Ellen Harden is scheduled to discuss the “Matisse from SFMOMA” exhibition 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Henri Matisse, the French Impressionist and Neoimpressionist painter, is known for his use of color and his influence on the evolution of modern art in the early 20th century.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 7 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, is on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art while it undergoes renovation.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Los Altos PREPARE seeks team leaders

Los Altos PREPARE has scheduled a training session for local residents interested in serving on Block Action Teams (BATs) 6-9 p.m. today at El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The mission of BATs is to help neighborhoods “Connect, Care and Prepare” in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

The role of a BAT leader is to define his or her neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize volunteers and events. General responsibilities include encouraging neighborhood social events, developing a neighborhood roster, communicating emergency response information and organizing a neighborhood watch.

To sign up, complete the application at losaltosbat.org/become-a-bat-leader or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit losaltosbat.org.

Library exhibition features local artists

The Los Altos main library has scheduled an exhibition of handmade textile crafts by four local artists through January.

The exhibition features Jessica Bernhardt’s quilt wall hangings, Elissa Welikson’s silk paintings, Mary Anderson’s weavings and Ginger Summit’s felt work.

The larger works are hanging on the wall between the front and back entrances. Smaller items are in the cabinet near the New Books area.

The Los Altos main library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 948-7683.

MV Senior Center hosts Aging in Place event

The city of Mountain View and the Druker Center for Innovation have scheduled the annual Aging in Place conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The event will feature an array of seminars of interest to seniors and their families. Topics include “Living with Arthritis” and “How to Get the Most Out of Your Golden Years.” Vendors and elder-care advocates will be on-site to answer questions.

Admission is free.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be available for purchase.

For more information, email Nora Beltran, Senior Advisory Committee member, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Los Altos Kiwanis accepts grant applications

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos is accepting applications for grants awarded to local nonprofit organizations that benefit youth or seniors.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday.

For applications, visit losaltoskiwanis.org/giving-back/grants.

Square-dancing class scheduled Mondays

The Bows and Beaus Square Dance Club, featuring caller/teacher Keith Ferguson, has scheduled classes for adult singles and couples 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays at Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos.

Square dancers may wear pants, jeans, prairie skirts or nonwestern attire.

Classes cost $5 per person.

For more information, call Nanci at 390-9261 or Tom at 561-4551, or visit bowsandbeaus.org.

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