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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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World premiere of ‘Being Earnest’ debuts this week


Photo By: Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Tracy Martin/Special To The Town Crier

Lady Bracknell (Maureen McVerry, center) is horrified by the antics of Jack Worthing (Hayden Tee, left) and her daughter Gwendolyn (Mindy Lym, right) in world premiere musical “Being Earnest,” presented by TheatreWorks today through April 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

TheatreWorks’ world premiere of “Being Earnest” – the new musical from Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist Paul Gordon – is scheduled to open this week and run through April 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

A hit at TheatreWorks’ 2012 New Works Festival, the play is a lyrical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The musical resets the romantic comedy of mistaken identities in 1964 London’s swinging Carnaby Street

In the midst of a London buzzing with mod fashion, new music and evolving ideas of morality, young friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff find themselves adopting the pseudonym “Ernest” for various complicated reasons. The two women they court both confess to loving the name as much as the man. The four unexpectedly meet at Worthing’s country home under the disapproving eye of Lady Bracknell, and chaos ensues.

The cast features several actors reprising their roles from the staged reading of “Being Earnest” in last summer’s New Works Festival.

Hayden Tee, returning as the mischievous Jack Worthing, has appeared in productions with Alliance Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Opera Australia and New Zealand’s Court Theatre.

Riley Krull, seen around the Bay Area in productions at the Magic Theatre, 42nd Street Moon and Diablo Theatre Company, returns as the innocent Cecily Cardew.

The role of the stern Lady Bracknell will once again be played by Maureen McVerry, whose credits include roles at TheatreWorks, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and the Magic Theatre.

Diana Torres Koss, who has been seen in several productions at TheatreWorks, reprises her role as Cecily’s tutor Miss Prism.

Brian Herndon, who has appeared in roles with TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, returns as Dr. Chausable and Lane.

Robert Kelley, founding artistic director of TheatreWorks, directs “Earnest.”

The production includes musical direction by William Liberatore, scenic design by Joe Ragey, costume design by Fumiko Bielefeldt, lighting design by Steven B. Mannshardt and sound design by Jeffrey Mockus.

Composer/lyricist/book writer Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for his score for the Broadway musical “Jane Eyre.” He won the 2007 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his book for the musical “Emma,” which was developed and received its world premiere at TheatreWorks.

Composer Jay Gruska is a hit songwriter (for Bette Midler, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Amy Grant, Robert Palmer and others) and a three-time Emmy award-nominated film/TV composer. “Being Earnest” is his third theatrical musical collaboration.

Previews are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Friday; the musical is set to open at the same time Saturday. Future shows are slated 2 and/or 7 p.m. Sundays (no 7 p.m. show April 28), 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 and/or 8 p.m. Saturdays (no 2 p.m. show April 27).

Tickets are $23-$73,

For advance tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

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