Byrne Brigade clears the way for native plants

Members of the Byrne Brigade have gathered weekly since the end of June to clear non-native plants and excess brush from the Los Altos Hills preserve. Acterra, which has a contract with the town to rid the area of invasive plant species, coordinates the volunteers. Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier

The proliferation of mustard weeds and star thistles in local open spaces may soon be on the decline, thanks in part to the efforts of Acterra and the Byrne Brigade.

Since the end of June, the group of local volunteers has gathered weekly at Los Altos Hills’ Byrne Preserve to clear non-native plants and excess brush.


Battery recycling program lives on with new volunteers

Grant and Elvin Chen

Two new volunteers have stepped up to recharge the local battery recycling program.

In the June 25 Town Crier, Los Altos brothers Matthew and Peter Farmer issued a plea for a successor to oversee the program. Local residents drop off their used batteries at the Los Altos Library, and volunteers collect and sort them weekly and drop them off at the Sunnyvale Recycling Center monthly.


Save the Date

Sept. 5

Rock Back the Clock, 1950s-themed dinner-dance benefiting Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade. 6-10 p.m., Rancho Shopping Center, corner of Springer Road and Foothill Expressway. Information:

Sept. 21

Santa Clara Corvettes “Corvette Spectacular” car show, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Los Altos. Information:

Sept. 27

“Back to the ’50s Night” fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. at Villa Siena, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Information: 318-5813.


Community Briefs

Library hosts seminar on low-water landscapes

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to host the seminar “Double Rebates for Beautiful Low-Water Landscapes” 7 p.m. Monday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Frank Niccoli, horticulture instructor at Foothill College, and Ashley Carter of the Santa Clara Valley Water District will demonstrate how to create an eye-catching landscape while saving money and water. They will explain how to apply for double rebates for low-water landscape and irrigation upgrades before the Sept. 30 deadline.


Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood staple stretching back five generations – and they’ve broken precedent to do it.

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company partnered to stage the “The Wizard of the Oz” at Bus Barn Theater. Although they’ve shared the same performance space for nearly two decades, this is the first time the companies have collaborated. The show had its opening gala last weekend and runs through Aug. 3.


Startup culture takes center screen in locally produced Web series


An acting class bonded three friends, but it took a round of drinks to metabolize the trio’s vision into a unique Web series.

Tired of the stereotypical film roles for women – catty girlfriends and salacious secretaries who play second fiddle to a dominant male – Los Altos Hills resident Taylor Brock and her fellow co-producers Anne Hallinan and Lisa-Marie Newton are switching things up.


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