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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

We ...

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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