Salon owner's 'Spirit Day' fights pediatric cancer


Sarah Zebb, owner of Therapy Salon in Los Altos, is scheduled to host her ninth annual “Spirit Day” fund- raiser for cancer patients 1-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the salon, 660 Fremont Ave.

The festivities will include food and beverages, a bake sale, a raffle, face painting, arts and crafts, hair extensions and children’s games.

Subscribers grateful for convenience, joy of local theater

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Los Altos Theater Enthusiasts (L.A.T.E.) gather Sept. 13 to celebrate the start of the community theater group’s 25th season and salute their own anniversary as a group. Pictured from left are: (front row) John Reed, Gloria Hom, Dominique Ainsworth, Dick Sarno, Carol Sarno, Dee Cunningham, Marcia Allen, Vicki Reeder, Betty Latta; (middle row) Dave Russell, Emy Thurber, Jane Reed, Judy William, Nancy Grippo, Joy Frost, Sally Brew, Susan Russell, Robin Liston, Jackie Stephens, Diane Parnes; (back row) Joe Grippo, Joyce Dougherty, Gisela Zebroski, Karen Duncan, Dave Reeder, Jim Cunningham, Tom Liston, Matt Allen, Mark Parnes.


It’s been over 20 years since my husband, Bob, and I attended a wonderful performance of “Hamlet” at Los Altos’ Bus Barn Stage Company (now called Los Altos Stage Company, but still located in the old, corrugated-metal bus building). After the play, we realized what a gem the theater company is – polished acting, professional staging and innovative set design.

U.S. passport service expands to LA Library beginning Tuesday

The Los Altos main library will begin offering U.S. passport services Tuesday, according to Santa Clara County Library District officials.

This marks the third county library to become an official passport facility. The expansion comes more than a year after the library district made the services available at the Milpitas and Cupertino libraries. District officials said the program has been well received.

Mountain View's bridge club draws enthusiasts from kids to seniors

Carly Heltzel/Town Crier
Members of Mountain View’s Unit 503 play bridge on a recent summer afternoon. Players range in age from 10 to nearly 100. The group formed in 1957, known then as the Palo Alto Bridge Center.

For almost a decade, Los Altos resident Donald Cohn has come to Unit 503 to play bridge. That’s the unofficial name of the Palo Alto Bridge Center, now based in Mountain View, which draws bridge players ranging in age from 10 to nearly 100.

“It gives you an opportunity to use your mind, it’s competitive and I’m pretty good at it,” the 75-year-old Cohn said. “When you’re retired, you look for things to do, and it’s very rewarding to me.”

Los Altos resident Wetzel leads line-dance classes

Diana Chan/Special to the Town Crier
More than 60 people participated in Julia Wetzel’s recent Line Dance Social.

The ballroom at the Sunnyvale Community Center was recently filled with more than 60 people dancing to upbeat music – led by longtime Los Altos resident Julia Wetzel, organizer of the annual Line Dance Social.

Wetzel’s students and dancers came from throughout the Bay Area and beyond, with some traveling as far as Sacramento to attend the event.

Santa Claus gets a new ride for Festival of Lights Parade

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Santa Claus, a popular presence at the Festival of Lights Parade, will ride in an updated sled this year.

This year’s Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in downtown Los Altos. The long-standing tradition, now in its 42nd year, has a shiny new attraction – Santa’s sleigh has been refurbished.

After nearly 20 years in service, and with a stable of reindeer in support, the sleigh underwent a makeover. Grants from Los Altos Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of Los Altos, The Grimm Family Fund and the Koster Family enabled parade organizers to update the sleigh, enhancing the parade’s grand-finale Santa appearance.

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