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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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A delightful drive down ‘Avenue Q’


Photo By: JOYCE GOLDSCHMID/SPECIAL TO THE TOWN CRIER
Photo Joyce Goldschmid/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Avenue Q” features, from left, David Mister (as Trekkie Monster), Nicole Julien (Gary) Coleman and Warren Wernick (Nicky).

The verdict is in concerning Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Avenue Q.” The decision: Guilty of being hilarious.

The play’s main characters are puppets, each with human actors as their alter egos. It’s a musical about Princeton (Foothill College student Anthony Chan), a young, rudderless college graduate pushing 30 who is trying to find purpose in life. His love interest, Kate Monster (Mylissa Malley), yearns for a meaningful way to help needy monster children. The sexy and voluptuous Lucy (Cassie Blake) vies for Princeton’s interest.

Nicky (Warren Wernick) is jobless and lazy but nice. Rod (Tomas Theriot) is a closeted investment banker who allows Nicky to live rent-free in his apartment. Both actors are veterans of Bus Barn Stage Company, which in April changed its name to Los Altos Stage Company.

Other main characters include puppets Trekkie Monster (David Mister), who sounds an awful lot like Cookie Monster of “Sesame Street” fame, and Gary Coleman (Nicole Julien), a former child actor, now superintendent of an apartment house on Avenue Q, along with human characters Brian (Adam Cotugno) and Christmas Eve (Kathryn Han), who eventually marry.

Supporting characters Bad Idea Bears (Mark Sanders and Jen Wheatonfox, who also plays Mrs. T) round out the cast.

A band with Mark Hanson on keyboard, Ryan Delpier on bass and Mark Cepeda on drums ably accompanied the songs and music, reminiscent of “Sesame Street” ditties.

Director Michael Ryken said that the actors also work the puppets to reflect the dialogue and songs. The technique required training by a professional puppeteer, and that their arms ached until they got used to holding them up throughout the play.

“Avenue Q” contains mature content not appropriate for children, but most adults should love the music and risqué comedy.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. June 16. For tickets ($18-$36) and more information, call 941-0551 or visit www.losaltosstage.org.

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