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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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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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