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News

Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them

Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier columnist Christine Moore’s holiday drink menu includes her take on the Moscow Mule, the Bucking Reindeer.

Growing up, our dogs were always outside dogs. We lived in the country, which made...

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Schools

Santa Rita visits The Terraces

Santa Rita visits The Terraces


Susie Greenwald’s third-grade class at Santa Rita School has a special relationship with The Terraces at Los Altos, a senior retirement community. The class visits the center once a month to share quality time with the residents, above. The s...

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Community

Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays

Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The holidays present a number of hazards for pets. Be sure to secure electrical cords to keep playful cats at bay.

During the holidays – when people tend to focus more on family and food – pets are often overlooked. But...

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Sports

Owls getting a lot out of a little

Owls getting a lot out of a little


In a typical season for the Foothill College women’s basketball team, coach Jody Craig wouldn’t be satisfied with a 7-4 start and No. 8 ranking in Northern California.

But this isn’t a typical season. Craig had just a few weeks ...

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Comment

Holiday cheer: No Shoes, Please

Admittedly, the holidays are not my favorite time of year. I don’t like sharing streets and parking lots with a zillion other people who need to get their shopping done. I don’t like being reminded by a holiday doomsday countdown clock h...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Pharmacy headed to 400 Main St.

Pharmacy headed to 400 Main St.


Ellie Van houtte/Town Crier
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is scheduled to open a new store in the Jeffrey A. Morris Group’s 400 Main St. project. The new location will open in late February.

A new tenant is slated to call the recently complet...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

MERLYN "DALE" STUBBS

Merlyn "Dale" Stubbs, a 51 year resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away on December 15, 2014.

Dale was born to Harry and Anna Stubbs in Americus, Kansas on February 10, 1926.

When Dale was 9 years old his father, a carpenter, suffered a fatal hear...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA

'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Adrienne Walters stars as Molly and Tim Homsley portrays Peter in the TheatreWorks production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” playing through Jan. 3 at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre.

TheatreWorks’ producti...

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Spiritual Life

The good news: Christmas means the long wait is over

Ah, Christmas! The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the presents are set to be given and received, and preparations are underway to be with family.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Spiritual Briefs

Alpha Course launches in February

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled an Alpha Course that begins with an introductory session 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday at the home of the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Moore, 860 University Ave.

The course, designed to encourage participants to explore Christianity in a safe environment, includes a light dinner and discussion in a relaxed and open setting.

Participants may or may not continue to attend after the introductory session. The course will continue on Sunday evenings for nine weeks with a series of professional presentations on DVD, followed by nonjudgmental roundtable discussions.

Participants are invited to ask questions about why Christians believe what the Bible says, the creation of the world and evolution, whether God really exists and whether there is life after death.

People from many different backgrounds, religions and points of view attend Alpha. Some have gone to church all their life but feel they never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Alpha Course, visit alphausa.org.

For more information on Union Presbyterian Church, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

LAUMC ‘Sale-Abration’ supports African women

The Los Altos United Methodist Women have scheduled “Sale-Abration 2014” 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

“Sale-Abration” will feature gift items, floral arrangements and baked goods as well as snacks and other edibles for Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day.

The annual fundraiser supports the African Student Education Fund, which provides scholarships to African women pursuing higher education, primarily at Africa University in Zimbabwe. The fund, established in 2005 by the Los Altos United Methodist Women, has supported 38 women to date who intend to use their education to improve life for all in Africa. The group hopes to support 10 students in the coming academic year.

To donate and for more information, email Jan Lull at janetr- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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