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From Los Altos to the sea: Local Boy Scouts trek 55 miles over Santa Cruz Mountains


Chris Webb/Special to the Town Crier
Boy Scout Troop 33 arrives at the gateway to Waddell State Beach to end their 55-mile hike. Participants include, from left, Scott Ottoes, John Cummins, Gian Coolen, Bryan Webb, Cole Cummins, Zachary Ottoes, Nathaniel Wipfler, Rohan Suresh, William Stanley and Scoutmaster Chris Webb.

When a group of local teens from Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 wanted to go to the beach, they chose the scenic route to get there, backpacking 55 miles in five days over the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Their Los Altos-to-the-Sea journey began on the drizzly morning of Aug. 6. Starting from the corner of El Monte Avenue and Springer Road, seven boys – ranging in age from 13 to 16 – and three adult scout leaders hiked up Springer to Magdalena Road, and then progressed through Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve to Black Mountain.

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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.

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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Families receive special back-to-school donations


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Local students collect free backpacks and school supplies last week at the Community Services Agency’s back-to-school event.

Dozens of children and their parents streamed into the Community Services Agency (CSA) in Mountain View Aug. 13 to accept back-to-school gifts – backpacks, school supplies and $20 vouchers for the purchase of new shoes.

Approximately 500 local elementary through high school students received supplies. To qualify for the program, families must be registered CSA clients with incomes that verify their need.

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Hidden Villa event celebrates spunky heroines

A storytelling program for children, “Let the Princess Rescue Herself: Spunky Heroines in the World’s Folk Tales,” is scheduled 1-2 p.m. Sunday in the Dana Building at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Enid Davis – children’s librarian, storyteller, author and folklorist – will lead the free program, which will focus on folktales from around the world featuring spunky heroines. Davis has worked as a librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District and as library director for The Harker School in San Jose.

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Back to School: Tips, kits and a poem

B2S salad fmtLos Altos teachers are readying their rooms this week for the coming onslaught of students, and parents are digging back out lunch boxes and pencil cases (do we still use those?) And here in the newsroom, Town Crier writers offered a slate of back-to-school resources this week for local readers:

Learn about the history behind Los Altos' school lunch programs – plus tips from parents

Mountain View's "Nurse Barb" offers health tips for students starting out in college, with a special focus on starting the parent/child conversations that can be awkward but essential

Hollis Bischoff starts off a new year of college-readiness with a column on when and why to look beyond the UC system for local students

Ana Homayoun has organizational strategies that minimize the sweat and stress of back-to-school adjustment

And you'll find more, all in the Town Crier's Back to School section, on newsstands this week. 

Los Altos dance teacher receives award from national magazine


Courtesy of Jim Carter
Los Altos resident Jane Carter poses with her award in New York last month.

Los Altos resident Jane Carter traveled to New York last month to accept one of four 2014 Dance Teacher of the Year Awards from Dance Teacher Magazine.

The national award recognized Carter’s skill in nurturing young dancers at her private studio, Dance Academy USA in Cupertino.

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