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Local students see music potential  in joint performance with older peers

Local students see music potential in joint performance with older peers


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Los Altos School District music teacher John Beeman, above, conducts a group of sixth- and seventh-graders performing “Malala’s Message,” a piece he composed for the “Strictly Strings” concert F...

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Perennial shelter cat finds a forever home

Perennial shelter cat finds a forever home


Courtesy of PAAS
Elly Mae, a longtime shelter resident, is now living large with her new owners, Nikki DeFeo, left, and Shannon Smith.

The delicate, ladylike way to refer to Elly Mae’s girth is “big boned.” But at a peak weight of 19 pounds, 12 ...

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Sports

Mtn. View moves on

Mtn. View moves on

The Mountain View High boys basketball team entered the playoffs in unfamiliar territory – as a top seed for the first time in school history – and with all the pressure that comes with it.

Megan V. Winslow/Los Altos Town Crier

Mount...

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Letters to the Editor

LA already has green at Lincoln Park

If indeed the summer green is a desirable event, then perhaps it would be appropriate to actually hold it in a park (“New summer green eyed for downtown parking plaza,” Feb. 15).

A mere one block fro...

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Special Sections

Hyundai takes it up a notch

Hyundai takes it up a notch

Toyota – a brand known for being practical and economical – introduced the Lexus 30 years ago, an unabashedly luxurious brand intended to compete not only with Lincoln and Cadillac, but also with BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Courtesy of Hyundai

The Gen...

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Business

Women entrepreneurs share journeys to success

Women entrepreneurs share journeys to success


Courtesy of Kathleen Dylan/Dylan Studios
Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos hosts get-togethers to socialize and discuss business.

Los Altos businesswomen are celebrating Women’s History Month in March by making it.

Women Entrepreneurs of Los A...

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Engagement: Tiffanie Schang and Jeffrey Gilder

Engagement: Tiffanie Schang and Jeffrey Gilder


Jeffrey Gilder and Tiffanie Schang

Tiffanie Schang and Jeffrey Gilder have announced their engagement to be married July 15 in Los Angeles.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Denise and Thierry Schang of Mountain View. She graduated from Mounta...

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Business

Women entrepreneurs share journeys to success

Women entrepreneurs share journeys to success

Courtesy of Kathleen Dylan/Dylan Studios
Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos hosts get-togethers to socialize and discuss business.

Los Altos businesswomen are celebrating Women’s History Month in March by making it.

Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos, a year-old social group founded by Upuia Ahk...

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Sports

Mtn. View moves on

Mtn. View moves on

The Mountain View High boys basketball team entered the playoffs in unfamiliar territory – as a top seed for the first time in school history – and with all the pressure that comes with it.

Megan V. Winslow/Los Altos Town Crier

Mountain View’s Matt McTighe attacks the basket in Satu...

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Community

Perennial shelter cat finds a forever home

Perennial shelter cat finds a forever home

Courtesy of PAAS
Elly Mae, a longtime shelter resident, is now living large with her new owners, Nikki DeFeo, left, and Shannon Smith.

The delicate, ladylike way to refer to Elly Mae’s girth is “big boned.” But at a peak weight of 19 pounds, 12 ounces, the skinny is that this is one fat cat.

“...

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Letters to the Editor

LA already has green at Lincoln Park

If indeed the summer green is a desirable event, then perhaps it would be appropriate to actually hold it in a park (“New summer green eyed for downtown parking plaza,” Feb. 15).

A mere one block from the current target location is a genuine Los Alt...

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People

Engagement: Tiffanie Schang and Jeffrey Gilder

Engagement: Tiffanie Schang and Jeffrey Gilder

Jeffrey Gilder and Tiffanie Schang

Tiffanie Schang and Jeffrey Gilder have announced their engagement to be married July 15 in Los Angeles.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Denise and Thierry Schang of Mountain View. She graduated from Mountain View High School and earned a bachelor’s degree...

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Schools

Local students see music potential in joint performance with older peers

Local students see music potential  in joint performance with older peers

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos School District music teacher John Beeman, above, conducts a group of sixth- and seventh-graders performing “Malala’s Message,” a piece he composed for the “Strictly Strings” concert Feb. 16.

Los Altos School District elementary, juni...

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Special Sections

Hyundai takes it up a notch

Hyundai takes it up a notch

Toyota – a brand known for being practical and economical – introduced the Lexus 30 years ago, an unabashedly luxurious brand intended to compete not only with Lincoln and Cadillac, but also with BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Courtesy of Hyundai

The Genesis G80 is part of Hyundai’s new luxury brand. It...

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Stepping Out

LA Youth Theatre, SF Shakespeare join forces to stage 'Little Princess'

LA Youth Theatre, SF Shakespeare join forces to stage 'Little Princess'

Director Anne Yumi Kobori wants the cast of Los Altos Youth Theatre’s next production to get more than just acting experience from performing in “The Little Princess.”

Courtesy of Pati Bristow

Jessi Jones, left, plays Miss Minchin and Leigh-Anne Lemoine portrays Sara Crewe in Los Altos Youth The...

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Obituaries

ELIZABETH DOYLE YAEGER

ELIZABETH DOYLE YAEGER

Born August 9, 1925, San Jose, Ca. died December 18th 2016, peacefully in Santa Rosa, CA.

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Spring brings a flurry of family-friendly events

Spring brings a flurry of family-friendly events

Courtesy of Smuin
Smuin’s “Dance Series 01” is a mixed repertory program featuring a world premiere.

As the weather warms and the Chinese Pistache trees begin to blossom, the Los Altos area welcomes spring with a variety of family-friendly events.

From the Peninsula Youth Theatre’s "Cats" to Pa...

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Actors stand out in Bus Barn's production of 'Farndale Avenue'

Theater review

I dare you to take a deep breath and say the title of Bus Barn's new production all in one effort.

The title, "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of 'A Christmas Carol,'" also tells you, beyond its length, that you are in for a zany theatrical experience.

Have a cup of mulled cider, and you will be in the proper mood for watching the plot about a small group of hopeful thespians staging the annual holiday show, "A Christmas Carol."

They must do so with a cast of just six since all others fail to show up. Against an attractive backdrop of painted holiday scenes, the courageous and often ridiculous actors trade male and female roles, knock down set furniture, goof up their lines and revert to their non-acting selves with disconcerting regularity.

It is immediately obvious that the story of Dickens' Scrooge and his mind-changing alteration from a miserable old skinflint to an affable and generous man is not the purpose the playwrights have in mind.

We must accept the play as a wild romp and suspend disbelief. Absurdities abound as the plot allows interaction between the characters and audience members in the front row.

The dignified Mrs. Reece (Colleen O'Kane Block) complete with snooty high-pitched voice, acts as greeter, narrator, Tiny Tim and a ghostly spirit.

She tells us at the end of Act I, "Don't worry, the second act is short." As Tiny Tim, she crouches low and stumbles along the stage saying, "I'm a poor crippled boy who's temporarily forgotten his crutch."

Her basic prop is a shiny red purse which always clues us to her identity, even when it swings out from her black shroud as one of the spirits that takes Scrooge on his journey.

Block stands out in all her roles and helps us to laugh heartily while wondering what on earth is happening.

Another outstanding performance is by Melody Cole who as Thelma is the strong leader of the manic acting group. She plays Scrooge and, though she fumbles and bumbles through the various stage props, does give the play within a play a fragile continuity.

Some of Cole's funniest moments come when she reacts with irritation to the mistakes of others and reverts to being Thelma venting her annoyance.

It's fun to be taken backstage along with the struggling cast as they shift roles, double up, or as their stage manager (Michael Afendakis) does, act with inappropriate silliness.

Act II continues the journey of Scrooge but uses a party situation to involve the cast and audience in charades. We simply shake our heads and accept the singing and dancing of the entire ensemble.

Director Kathy Gutto persuades us that we are participating in wild and crazy events.

The other cast members, Angela Bunting, Lynda Marcum and Buffy Afendakis, do a good job as the blundering members of a goofy amateur drama group.

The play runs through Dec. 30 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

For reservations and more information, call 941-0551.

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