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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Community Briefs

Bunco fundraiser supports Fisher House

The Federated Women’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled “Let’s Play Bunco” 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The fundraiser will benefit the Fisher House at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which provides a temporary home for the families of hospitalized veterans. The event includes prizes, a raffle and a buffet lunch.

A $30 donation is requested.

For more information, call 948-3553 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

San Antonio Hills schedules yearly meeting

The San Antonio Hills Homeowners Association has scheduled its annual meeting 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 12 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is scheduled to speak. Residents of the Country Club area are encouraged to attend.

Sign-in and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit sanantoniohills.com.

WomenSV confronts domestic violence

WomenSV, the Los Altos Community Foundation’s support network for victims of domestic violence, has scheduled its second Women Rising event noon Feb. 14 at Main Street Cafe, 134 Main St., Los Altos.

The date coincides with the international One Billion Rising for Justice event, a day on which 1 billion women and men around the world pledge to confront the statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

WomenSV, in collaboration with the Cardea Center for Women, At the Well and other women’s groups, invites local women and men to join with people around the world at the gathering, affirming their commitment to work together toward a world in which every woman and child lives in safety, peace and freedom.

Organizers invite attendees to bring a poem, song, flower or valentine to share what healthy love means to them: respect, forgiveness, patience, compassion, the sharing of hopes and dreams.

Space is limited.

RSVP by Tuesday by calling 996-2200.

For more information, visit womensv.org.

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 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.

MV Senior Center hosts Aging in Place event

The city of Mountain View and the Druker Center for Innovation have scheduled the third annual Aging in Place conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 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 “Is It Alzheimer’s or Is It Normal Aging?” “Living with Arthritis,” “Strategies for Success for People with Vision Loss” and “How to Get the Most Out of Your Golden Years.”

Admission is free. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meeting on coexisting with coyotes scheduled

The Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee has scheduled a public information meeting on the behavior, biology and role of coyotes in urban ecosystems 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Los Altos Hills Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Wildlife expert Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, will be on hand to answer questions about the presence of coyotes in the local community and how residents can prevent conflicts between domestic animals and coyotes.

For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov.

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