Mtn. View leaders echo theme of hope at ‘State of City’ event

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Mountain View City Manager Kimbra McCarthy remembers March 12, 2020, well. It was the day the city declared a state of emergency at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. McCarthy was nine days into her new position as the city’s lead administrator.

Floral designer shares tips with garden club

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Katie Chirgotis offered tips on floral arrangements to members of the Garden Club of Los Altos at their March 23 meeting. Chirgotis owns a flower shop and apothecary in Santa Cruz.

Floral designer Katie Chirgotis appeared at the Garden Club of Los Altos’ March 23 Zoom meeting to offer tips for those making their own arrangements.

History Museum launches virtual tours of Smith House

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To increase accessibility amid the pandemic, the Los Altos History Museum is offering self-guided 3D tours of the historical J. Gilbert Smith House through its website.

To increase accessibility of the historical J. Gilbert Smith House, the Los Altos History Museum engaged VirtualEyes Media to create two interactive virtual tours of the home.

Community briefs: DAR essay contest, historic preservation awards

DAR names winners of essay contest

The Daughters of the American Revolution – which has a Los Altos branch – conducts an American History Essay Contest annually to encourage young students to think creatively about the nation’s history and absorb it in a new light.

Los Altos library services, access expanded under new health tier

With Santa Clara County in the orange tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening blueprint, the Los Altos main library has expanded to accommodate up to 50% occupancy. The Woodland branch remains closed.

Former Hills resident earns historic role at U.S. military academy

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U.S. Army Photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Porch of the 25th Infantry Division/Special to the Town Crier
Capt. Grace Andrews, incoming commander, Lightning Academy, 25th Infantry Division, receives the unit guidon from Col. Josh Gaspard, operations officer, 25th Inf. Div., during a change of command ceremony on Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, April 6.

A woman from Los Altos Hills honored more than a decade ago by a West Point appointment made history last week by becoming the first female commander of a U.S. military jungle warfare training school in Hawaii.

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