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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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Bus Barn’s ‘House of Blue Leaves’ runs through May 5

Bus Barn Stage Company last week opened “The House of Blue Leaves, ” a satirical comedy scheduled to run through May 5 in Los Altos.

Directed by Jeanie K. Smith, the production marks Bus Barn’s first foray into the works of awarded-winning American playwright John Guare.

“Leaves” is the story of Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper by day who harbors dreams of songwriting fame and glory. Burdened by his wife’s mental illness, his son’s alienating behavior and his girlfriend’s Lady Macbethlike demands, Artie struggles hopelessly to attain his singular desire. From the seedy piano bars to a rundown Queens apartment, his world and its inhabitants – the visiting pope, a trio of zealous nuns, the military police, psych-ward orderlies and eccentric Hollywood personalities – conspire to hold him back.

The play stars Bay Area actors Jeff Swan (as Artie), Pat Tyler (Artie’s wife, Bananas) and Deb Anderson (Artie’s downstairs neighbor and girlfriend, Bunny Flingus). Supporting cast members include Ronald Feichtmeir (Artie and Bananas’ son, Ronnie), Todd Wright (movie producer Billy Einhorn), Brooke Silva (former starlet Corinna Stroller) and Edie Dwan, Lucinda Dobinson and Jessica Yurash as a trio of out-of-control nuns. Scott Stanley and Daniel H. Tookman round out the cast, playing M.P. and the White Man, respectively.

“Leaves” premiered in 1966 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn. It opened Off-Broadway in 1971 and was revived in a 1986 Off-Broadway production that gave Ben Stiller his professional theater debut as Ronnie. The play returned to Broadway in 2011, with Stiller starring in the lead role of Artie. It won the Obie Award and Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play, and was nominated for and won multiple Tony Awards for its New York productions.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. April 24 and May 1, 3 p.m. Sunday and May 5, and 7 p.m. April 28 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Tickets are $18-$30.

For advance tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit www.busbarn.org.

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