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News

"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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TheatreWorks’ new season includes Broadway hit


Photo By: Courtesy of Lauren Gunderson
Photo Courtesy Of Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” is part of TheatreWorks’ new season.

TheatreWorks recently announced the lineup for its 44th season, scheduled to begin in August and run through June 2014.

Opening with a world premiere developed at TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival, the lineup includes a regional debut of a Broadway hit, a historical drama and a musical journey told through little-known gems from Stephen Sondheim.

The 2013-2014 season, in chronological order:

• “The Loudest Man on Earth.” The world premiere by Catherine Rush debuted at last summer’s New Works Festival. The romantic comedy again features deaf actor Adrian Blue as a deaf, reclusive stage director who works with a bold, charismatic journalist to navigate a police bust, among other things. “Earth” kicks off the 2013 New Works Festival, during which leading playwrights and composers from across the country present new works to audiences who can participate in discussions, view works-in-progress and attend book-in-hand readings and sing-throughs of new musicals. The play is slated July 10 though Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

• “Other Desert Cities.” The regional premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize finalist is a comedic drama set at a Hollywood star’s desert estate during Christmastime. A tell-all book by the star’s daughter – a novelist home for the holidays – threatens to rip the politically divided clan apart. “Desert” is set Aug. 21 through Sept. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Warrior Class.” The California premiere of Kenneth Lin’s political drama, which debuted Off-Broadway last year, centers around Julius Lee, the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran and charismatic speaker running for Congress. But when word of his youthful indiscretion threatens scandal, Lee – dubbed “The Republican Obama” – discovers the dangerous intersection of politics and idealism. The play is scheduled Oct. 9 through Nov. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Little Women.” Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, the musical (book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland) is about four precocious New England sisters as they come of age. The novel, written in 1869, is considered a classic. The musical is slated Dec. 4-29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

• “Silent Sky.” The regional premiere by Lauren Gunderson is a comedic drama set at the Harvard College Observatory in the early 1900s. Assistant Henrietta Leavitt maps stars in galaxies beyond our own, but the brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. “Silent Sky” is set for Jan. 15 through Feb. 9, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Once on This Island.” Based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, the musical features book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. “Island” follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl on a tropical island in the French Caribbean. The play is slated March 5-30, 2014, at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

• “Hound of the Baskervilles.” Spoofing detective Sherlock Holmes, the play is based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The comedy involves an ancient family curse, a spectral hound, a deranged killer and a pair of well-known sleuths. “Hound” is scheduled April 2-27, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Marry Me a Little.” Conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, the musical – featuring a collection of rare Sondheim songs – is a tale of love and possibility. In their walk-up apartments just a floor apart, two lonely 20-somethings each pass the night by expressing their poignant dreams and romantic fantasies. The play is slated June 4-29, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

For season tickets ($99-$492) and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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