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News

LASD opens registration for online strategy sessions

As the Los Altos School District plans how to spend its $150 million in Measure N bond funds, its initial goal is to broaden community input.

Following an April 22 meeting, the district is casting a wider net in the hopes of soliciting feedback from...

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Schools

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but s...

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Community

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


Alda

Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for...

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Sports

Eagles, Spartans advance

Eagles, Spartans advance


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening ro...

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Comment

Giving the thumb to what's done: Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos-area news events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-down: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to put the Walter Singer bust in storage. This is wrong on so many levels – even worse than the initial council decision to tra...

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Special Sections

Planting is possible despite drought

Planting is possible despite drought


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Wash the soilless mix off the root ball into the same container in which you have placed the clay soil from the planting hole. Remove at least an inch from the top and sides of the plant.

In this continuing dro...

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Business

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour,...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

GUY WILSON SHOUP

Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Lo...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Th...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Christmas at Our House: St. Francis Holiday Home Tour celebrates 25 years


School’s annual Christmas at Our House fundraiser showcases holiday place settings.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays near and St. Francis High School prepares for its 25th annual Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour, scheduled Dec. 5-7.

Beginning with the Twilight Tour and followed by a Christmas party, home tours and a tea, luncheon and boutique, the annual event spans three days and provides multiple avenues for fundraising for construction of new school facilities for St. Francis’ expanding student body. Over the years, Christmas at Our House has raised more than $2 million for the school.

Founded in 1988 by Ann Morey, vice president of St. Francis’ Women’s Club, the first Christmas at Our House tour featured four homes in the South Bay.

Christmas at Our Home has become the Women’s Club’s largest event, attracting help from a wide range of local residents, from the volunteers running the event to the guests who attend. St. Francis students play an integral role, drawing sketches of the homes, entertaining tour-goers as student musicians and staffing the event as volunteers.

Homes on the tour

This year’s home tour showcases four residences reflective of different architectural styles.

• A newly constructed New England-style home that provides a warm and welcoming environment for a busy St. Francis family. The three-story home features interior design by Heidi Menard of Ambiance Interiors in its wine lounge, chef’s kitchen and downstairs entertainment room/gym. Architect Jim Redman of Elements Landscape designed the backyard landscaping.

• A home with an interior layout modeled after the traditional ranch houses of old Los Altos. Although the exterior finishes of the home are more reminiscent of the East Coast - with white siding and stone - the owners envisioned building a house that blended into the neighborhood and looked as if it were built over time. The house, built by general contractor and former St. Francis teacher John Komo and his daughter, St. Francis alumna Jennifer Paulson, boasts a traditional foyer, formal living and dining rooms, a wood-paneled office, four en-suite bedrooms and a children’s playroom above the three-car garage. Interior designer Julie Brown of Brownhouse Design helped select the finishes. Situated on a large, flat lot, the 6,500-square-foot house includes a large patio for entertaining, a pool, a pool house, a parterre garden, a small apricot orchard - a nod to early Los Altos - and a number of other fruit and pepper trees.

• A two-story Monterey-style remodel, a well-preserved example retaining nearly all of its original exterior design features. Among other highlights, the multipane glazed wood door with hand-wrought iron hardware, the metal doorbell with pull and the ornamental relief panel adjacent to the front door offer hints of the home’s history. Constructed circa 1933, the home was listed in 2008 on the Los Altos Historic Resources Inventory.

• A Tuscan-style villa in Los Altos Hills sits on a hill, with a quarter-acre vineyard, reminiscent of the Italian countryside. Large living room windows frame the expansive view. The backyard boast three fireplaces and unique seatng areas.

Tickets

• Christmas Party and Tour tickets, $125, include a hosted cocktail buffet and boutique at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills 7-10 p.m. Dec. 5. Tour tickets may be used 4-7 p.m. Dec. 5 or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 or 7. Tickets are limited.

• Home Tour tickets, $40-$45, include tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a discount.

• Elegant Luncheon Buffet tickets, $30, include a luncheon and boutique at Fremont Hills Country Club 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6.

For tickets and more information, visit sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christmas-at-our-house.

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