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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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CSMA students exhibit artwork at Mountain View City Hall


Courtesy Of CSMA
Students from St. Nicholas School in Los Altos Hills show their artwork, which will be on display at Mountain View City Hall next month.

The Community School of Music and Arts and the city of Mountain View have scheduled a collaborative exhibition of artwork from faculty and elementary and middle students in CSMA’s Art4Schools program.

The free show – titled “What’s Inside?” – is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Feb. 7-28 in the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St.

An opening reception with students and CSMA faculty is slated 3-6 p.m. Feb. 7 in the rotunda. The Huff School Honor Choir, led by CSMA music teacher Kaye DeVries, is set to perform at 5 p.m.

More than 300 pieces of art will be on display, submitted by students in grades K-8 and their art teachers, representing Springer, Montclaire Elementary and St. Nicholas schools, as well as schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. All students receive weekly art instruction through CSMA’s in-school art education program, Art4Schools.

The “What’s Inside?” theme inspired classroom lessons in many different media, from watercolor self-portraits with original poetry to 3-D boxes.

“Every piece in this year’s show originates from the same two-word prompt – ‘What’s Inside?,’” said Kelly Donohue, CSMA’s Art4Schools program manager. “Some pieces give concrete answers, while others impel viewers to formulate their own responses. It is incredibly inspiring to see the students’ artwork displayed collectively, as it emphasizes the many different interpretations of the show’s theme.”

CSMA’s in-school visual art and music programs, Art4Schools and Music4Schools, serve more than 15,000 students at more than 30 schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

For more information, visit arts4all.org.

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