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Affluent women also falling prey to abusive husbands – even in Los Altos: Confronting Domestic Violence


Ruth Patrick is executive director of Women/SV.

Los Altos is a wonderful place to raise a family. We generally are acquainted with our next-door neighbors and can’t help but run into someone we know when we go shopping or out to eat. And how many towns are like ours – where you can walk your dog at night and not be looking over your shoulder?

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'Beach Blanket Babylon' star entertains Rotary Club



“Beach Blanket Babylon” star Tammy Nelson entertains members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Aug. 21. Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier

Wearing 300-pound hats as she belts out clever, zany and often bawdy songs, Tammy Nelson stars in the long-running San Francisco revue “Beach Blanket Babylon.” She visited the Los Altos Rotary Club Aug. 21 to entertain members.

How Nelson manages to keep her gigantic hats balanced is a trade secret she refused to divulge. Crooning and teasing as she circulated through the Rotary Club crowd, she crowed, “Use your diaphragm – you really don’t need a microphone.”

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Los Altos-Mtn. View AAUW looking for new recruits

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to launch its membership year 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Hillview Community Center Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Members, prospective members, friends and interested women and men are invited to attend, particularly parents of school-age daughters.

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'Partners' changes name, retains mission to help youth


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The name’s changed, but the goal remains the same for members of Mentor Tutor Connection: provide support to local students.

Partners for New Generations recently changed its name to Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) to more clearly reflect what the nonprofit organization does and whom it serves, according to organizers.

Although the name has changed, the group’s commitment to students in the community has not. MTC members said they are focused even more clearly on their mission to help “build brighter futures” for youth in Los Altos and Mountain View public schools through tutoring and mentoring programs that boost social and academic skills.

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CERT offers fall training

Los Altos PREPARE has scheduled a series of fall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings to prepare local residents for emergencies and disasters.

The sessions are slated 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at Intero Real Estate Services, 496 First St., No. 200, Los Altos. Graduation and field exercises are set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

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Third Street Green changing color of downtown Los Altos landscape


Courtesy of Brooke Ray Smith
Families gather on the Third Street Green in downtown Los Altos for a recent live performance by the local group Libertine Circle.

Toddlers chase one another in the grass, arms flailing above their heads. Older adults sit in wooden patio chairs engrossed in books, cups of coffee by their sides. Teens quietly read on their laptops at tables shaded by umbrellas. A piano sits in the corner, inviting anyone interested to step up and play a tune.

That’s the scene on a typical day at the Third Street Green, the downtown Los Altos patch of street at the corner of State and Third streets that has been transformed temporarily into a public pop-up park. For the month of August only, vehicular traffic is being replaced by foot traffic and the pavement covered by swaths of lawn.

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