'Floating' an idea


The Winnie the Pooh-themed characters walking in the annual downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade will have their own float this time around. The Piercey family, pictured above with friends, will be walking with the new float, at top and above, which depicts a scene from Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. The float was designed by Piercey family patriarch, Chuck, an engineer by trade. The entire family worked on the float construction. “It looks just like our professionally done ones,” marveled longtime parade organizer Nancy Schneider. “It is amazing.”

This year’s parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 25 along Main and State streets. For more information, visit losaltosparade.org.

Book views California's story through eyes of visionaries


Image courtesy of Robin Chapman
Robin Chapman’s new book, “Historic Bay Area Visionaries,” has just been released.

Los Altos author Robin Chapman’s latest book, “Historic Bay Area Visionaries,” published this month by The History Press, chronicles the history of California through the stories of six people.

The story of the state is told through the eyes of Lope Inigo, an indigenous man; Juana Briones, a compassionate businesswoman; Robert Louis Stevenson, the poet and writer; Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the rifle fortune; Thomas Foon Chew, a Chinese immigrant; and Charlie Chaplin, who came to Niles in 1914 and became a movie star.

Bishop blesses 'Homeless Jesus' sculpture at Jesuit Retreat Center gardens in LA


Courtesy of Jesuit Retreat Center
Dennis Young of Los Altos donated the sculpture “Homeless Jesus,” installed in the gardens of the Jesuit Retreat Center.

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose blessed the sculpture “Homeless Jesus” Sept. 29, the centerpiece of the newly renovated Loyola Gardens at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos.

“Homeless Jesus,” created by Timothy Schmalz, a Canadian sculptor, depicts Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a park bench. His face and hands are obscured, hidden under a blanket, but crucifixion wounds on his feet reveal his identity.

Music by Los Altos-raised twins featured on Wiz Khalifa's new album


Courtesy of the Chandanis
Former Egan Junior High School students Akash and Krish Chandani flank hip-hop sensation Wiz Khalifa. The twins collaborated with him on his new album.

Fame doesn’t happen overnight, but for Los Altos-raised twins Akash and Krish Chandani – also known as THEMXXNLIGHT – it essentially did.

The 22-year-old brothers, who attended Egan Junior High School, then Harker for high school, were releasing R&B music on SoundCloud as college seniors when producer Sledgren surprisingly sent them a message.

Community Briefs: Week of Oct. 24

History Museum presents ‘Superstitions’ display

The Los Altos History Museum exhibition “Superstitions” is scheduled to run through Nov. 4 in the J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Attendees will experience a Victorian-era house in mourning, learn how death influenced life and discover where many folk beliefs about bad luck and death originated.

Get spooky: Local Halloween-related events start Thursday

Los Altos Spooktacular
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Participants of the 2017 Los Altos Halloween Spooktacular stroll down Main Street in search of treats. This year’s event is slated noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween is still weeks away, but local events related to the holiday are set to begin as early as Thursday. A roundup of activities follows.


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