Community Briefs: Costume contest, museum reopens, Eshoo forum

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Town of Los Altos Hills staffers pose for a photo on Halloween 2019.

LAH hosts virtual costume contest

The Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation department, the town’s Youth Commission and the Town Crier are partnering to present a virtual Halloween costume contest, judged on submitted photos.

The contest is “designed for the community to celebrate Halloween safely and together while we are apart,” according to the Parks and Rec officials. Wacky, creative and fun costumes are encouraged.

Participation is free. Costume photos can be submitted in four categories – youth, adult, family and pet – through Nov. 2 by visiting

Youth commissioners will select and announce the winners the week of Nov. 2. Prizes include Los Altos Hills-themed apparel such as hats and fanny packs. The grand prize is a horseback riding lesson at Westwind Community Barn in Los Altos Hills.

Submissions will be featured in online photo galleries and in the pages of the Town Crier.

Museum reopens with expanded exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum plans to open its indoor main gallery to visitors for the first time since March, with an expanded version of its exhibition “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” beginning Oct. 15.

The museum has followed a phased reopening plan, in accordance with Santa Clara County guidelines. Stage one allowed visitors to browse the garden and outdoor agricultural display, as well as a mini-exhibition of “Rise Up!” mounted on the wraparound porch of the J. Gilbert Smith House.

With the go-ahead from the county, the museum now enters stage two, with visitors allowed to view exhibitions in the main gallery, while the upstairs permanent exhibition with its model train diorama remains closed. The J. Gilbert Smith House also will remain closed until further notice.

To ensure the safety of visitors, the museum is reducing the number of people who may enter at any one time to no more than six.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, visit

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Anna Eshoo

Eshoo participates in Zoom forum

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is scheduled to appear in conversation with Castilleja School history teacher Carly Fox 4-5 p.m. today (Oct. 7) via Zoom, in a forum dubbed “From Local Office to the Halls of Congress: A Conversation with Representative Anna Eshoo.”

Eshoo, a Democrat who represents District 18, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, will discuss her political journey and offer advice for teens interested in becoming politically involved. While the forum is aimed at high schoolers who want to understand more about the political process, participation is open to all.

Eshoo was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1982 and served on the board for 10 years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.

Organizers of the event are the Women’s Suffrage Committee of Los Altos, which includes the Los Altos City Council, the Los Altos History Museum, the Los Altos Library, the Los Altos Women’s Caucus and the Los Altos Youth Commission, with support from the County of Santa Clara.

Registration is required.

To register, visit

For more information, call Vicki Reeder at 888-3956 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Candidates weigh in on effectiveness of Los Altos City Council

Seven candidates are running for three open seats on the five-member Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 3 election. Local civic groups prepared a series of questions that the candidates are answering in each issue of the Town Crier in advance of the election.

‘Challenged’ among premieres at SV Asian Pacific FilmFest

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Nobuko Saito Cleary

“Challenged,” a film produced by Los Altos Hills resident Nobuko Saito Cleary, won an award at the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest in the international division. The documentary will have its U.S. premiere at the annual festival, running online this year through Monday.

LAH committee offers ‘Tales of Page Mill Road’

The Los Altos Hills History Committee has scheduled its annual fall presentation, “Tales of Page Mill Road,” 2 p.m. Sunday via Zoom.

Eshoo participates in Zoom forum Oct. 7

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Anna Eshoo

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is scheduled to appear in conversation with Castilleja School history teacher Carly Fox 4-5 p.m. Oct. 7 via Zoom, in a forum dubbed “From Local Office to the Halls of Congress: A Conversation with Representative Anna Eshoo.”

Hidden Villa offers online experiential learning

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Courtesy of Laurie Schutters
Children can still view wildlife at Hidden Villa through newly introduced online programs.

Hidden Villa has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by bringing experiential, science-based programs directly to children rather than the children visiting the organic farm and nature preserve in Los Altos Hills.


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