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Classical Pilates studio space empowers downtown Los Altos

Empowered Body Pilates, a classical Pilates studio, opened last month at 223 Second St. in Los Altos.

Instructor/owner Nicole Grand’s studio upholds the traditional teaching methods originated nearly a century ago by physical fitness guru Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Pilates pioneered his method of building strength through core using safe, functional methods appropriate for all levels of fitness.  

Mountain View Chamber funds 'free' online degree program

courtesy of study.com
A man who works in Mountain View wears a T-shirt bearing the logo of Working Scholars.

Chamber of Commerce Mountain View’s Education Foundation has high hopes for its newest program. The Chamber has partnered with Study.com, a Mountain View education startup, to make a bachelor’s degree in business affordable.

According to Chamber officials, Study.com will waive its access fees for online courses that go toward an online Bachelor of Science degree from the New Jersey-based Thomas Edison State University. The Chamber of Commerce is raising funds for scholarships to pay the remaining $3,500 to $5,000 in fees.

'Granny units' could aid housing affordability

source: City of Los Altos
Lowering the minimum lot size for secondary housing to 10,000 square feet could give nearly 7,000 homeowners the opportunity to build “granny units” on their lots.

In a joint study session, the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission last week reviewed how secondary living units might allow for new housing in Los Altos.

City officials concluded that secondary living units, small outbuildings often called “granny” or “in-law” units because of their customary inhabitants, could help alleviate Silicon Valley’s housing crisis.

Loyola Corners studio teaches all ages to create with clay

asher kohn/town crier
Hila Itzhak, owner of Halo Pottery in Los Altos, offers a variety of workshops and courses that invite local children to get dirty, express their creativity and learn basic engineering skills. In addition to her after-school classes, she offers a fall camp over the Thanksgiving break.

Hila Itzhak’s pottery classes do not just mold clay – they also mold children.

From her Loyola Corners studio, Halo Pottery, she hopes to give children in the South Bay the opportunity to not just make something, but to relax while doing so.

Salon cares for cancer patients through hair and beyond

Photos courtesy of therapy salon
Sarah Zebb prepares to give a haircut to a girl who plans to donate her locks to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. Zebb, owner of Therapy Salon in Los Altos, is sponsoring the “Kiss Away Cancer” fundraiser Thursday.

Sarah Zebb always knew she was a talented hairstylist, but it took a tragedy for her to apply her gifts the way she knew she wanted to.

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