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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Local youth perform Sunday with Palo Alto Philharmonic

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association is scheduled to host its annual Family Concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The five winners of this year’s Concerto Movement Competition will perform as soloists with the Palo Alto Philharmonic.

Musicians of high school age or younger were eligible to participate in the Concerto Movement Competition. After a preliminary screening of applicants’ recorded performances, the finalists auditioned before a panel of judges. This year’s winners all attend Peninsula schools. Following is a list of winners and their concert solo pieces.

• Elena Ariza, 14, a freshman at Menlo School, has studied cello for 10 years. She is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She won first place in five different solo competitions in 2012. She and her friends performed at charity concerts around the Bay Area last year, raising more than $12,000 for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Ariza will play the Sinfonia Concertante (Op. 125), second movement, by Prokofiev.

• Alex Chien, 14, is a freshman at Bellarmine College Preparatory. He has studied piano since he was 4 years old. Among his recent awards are first place in both the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the 2013 Marian Filice Piano Competition. He has been a soloist with many Bay Area orchestras, including the Peninsula Symphony, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and the California Youth Symphony. He will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D minor (Op. 30).

• Songyi Chun, 17, a senior at St. Francis High School, began her cello studies at age 9. She has performed as a soloist with the El Camino Youth Symphony and has won multiple competitions, including the Peninsula Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition and the Korean Times Youth Music Competition. She will play “Schelomo” by Ernest Bloch.

• Jeremy Tai, 14, studied cello for seven years at the San Francisco Conservatory. He is a freshman at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. He won first place in 2012 at both the Music Teachers’ National Association Performance Competition and the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition. When he was 10, the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley selected him to perform Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. Tai will play the first movement of Dvorak’s Concerto for Cello in B minor (Op. 104).

• Alex Zhou, 11, a sixth-grader at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, has studied violin for the past five years. He won first place last year at both the California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy. He has appeared on the National Public Radio show “From the Top.” Zhou will play “Havanaise” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

For tickets ($5-$10) and more information, visit www.paphil.org/family.php.

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