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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Foothill festival is ‘Here Today, Gone Tomorrow’


Photo By: courtesy of Lori Thomas
Photo Courtesy Of Lori Thomas

“Visiting Dad” is among seven one-act plays scheduled to be performed this week at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

The Foothill College Theatre Conservatory is slated to present “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” – seven short plays about life and death – Thursday through Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

The student-directed plays are part of Foothill’s one-act play festival. It’s a showcase for those enrolled in Foothill’s Theatre Conservatory, an intensive theater-training program for serious students of college-age and older.

“The one-act festival is a tradition at Foothill College,” said Janis Bergmann, Foothill theatre arts instructor. “It’s the perfect vehicle for the theater student who is learning the rigors and demands of producing for an audience. Each of the show’s acts provides challenging, well-rounded roles for student-actors, as well as complete, well-structured plays for student-directors.”

Jacob Marker of Cupertino, Pratiksha Shah of Sunnyvale, Michael Weiland, Julia Rotakhina and Erin Southard of San Jose, Taylor Sanders of San Mateo and Jeremy Griffith of Fremont direct the vignettes. Cast members include Jytte Galsgaard of Los Altos and Mountain View residents Chase Kinsey and Nicholas Schmittzeh.

The play lineup:

• “Visiting Dad.” Before Laura can accept Mike’s proposal, they must dig deep – approximately 6 feet – to get Dad’s blessing. Written by Judith Fein.

• “St. Francis Preaches to the Birds.” A humble priest offers two vultures food for thought, but his wisdom can be difficult to digest. Written by David Ives.

• “Dissonance.” On an emotional quest to find closure with her mother’s passing, Tricia encounters her mother’s long lost pianist protégé, Fitz. Together they search to make peace with their losses and find harmony in their existence. Written by Craig Pospisil.

• “The Devil is in the Details.” Larry and Sheila are a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde who discover – the hard way – that details matter. Written by Jill Elaine Hughes.

• “The Disruptive, Discursive Delusion of Donald.” Two peculiar strangers hold the power to change Donald’s life forever, depending on the color of his socks. Written by Michael Roderick.

• “Asteroid Belt.” It’s midnight, pouring rain and their daughter isn’t home yet, so Jay and Sue cope with the fateful moments before Carly returns – or not. Written by Lauren Feldmen.

• “The Mysteries of the Castle of the Monk of Falconara.” Three prominent novelists are summoned to an eerie castle in the Italian countryside on a stormy night. They soon discover that their mysterious hostess harbors a deadly secret that makes their blood run cold. Written by James Armstrong.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill, 12345 S. El Monte Road.

Tickets are $7-$14; parking is $3.

For advance tickets and more information, call 949-7360 or visit www.foothill.edu/theatre.

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