Remodeled With Contemporary Panache!

Posted on April 29, 2015 by  
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782 Raymundo Ave

782 Raymundo Avenue , Los Altos 94024
Listed at $2,795,000 / Sold at $3,400,000
4 Beds / 3 Baths / Home: 2,363 sqft / Lot Size: 17,500 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached
Represented: Buyer

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High School Students Help Solve Problems

Posted on April 29, 2015 by  
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Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.As summer approaches, hope for more rainfall to relieve the drought dwindles and the effects of climate change become glaringly obvious – and students in Homestead High School’s AP Environmental Science (APES) classes aim to do something about it.

For the sixth consecutive year, students in Homestead’s APES classes are conducting a four-month project titled “Your World,” which requires them to identify an environmental problem in their community and take action to propose a solution.

“I think the APES project has a good purpose, because the class gets to apply what they have learned to their own community,” said Los Altos resident Karen Thornton, a sixth-period APES student.

The idea for “Your World” originated from an AP conference that APES teacher Richard Carmona attended in 2009. Carmona has his students take the information they learn in class and apply it to the real world to solve an environmental problem close to home.

“Students identify an environmental issue that they see in their community, determine a course of action to solve the problem and enact their vision,” he said.

Each class resembles a company; the class chooses a company name and conducts its actions as a company. Students elect a CEO and form action teams that focus on marketing, research and development and public relations.

Students in the company collaborate to present a three- to five-minute pitch to a board of executives comprised of environmentalist and other activists in the community.

Just as companies within the same industries compete in the real world, Carmona’s three APES classes vie against one another to create the best vision – and most effective implementation of that idea – for a more environmentally friendly community. The board chooses the winner in May.

Urban ForestStudents in Carmona’s sixth-period APES class named their company Project Sprout. They are taking on the problem of deforestation and ways to conserve paper.

The action team, which includes Thornton, organized a Homestead Arbor Day Festival April 23. The goal of the festival was to provide students and adults with information on ways to save trees as they participated in fun activities, according to Thornton.

The class next plans to partner with the San Jose-based nonprofit Our City Forest to plant trees in Homestead’s newly reconstructed quad to make the school more eco-friendly.

The research team – which includes Los Altos resident Dylan Remahl – plans to calculate the amount of paper waste at Homestead and determine how it could be reduced if all the teachers used Turnitin.com, a website that allows students to submit their work online and detects plagiarism.

Two years ago, an APES class advocated for an anti-Styrofoam initiative in Sunnyvale and Cupertino in an effort to prevent restaurants from distributing food in Styrofoam take-out boxes.

At the end of the four-month project, students presented their idea to the Cupertino City Council. Their presentation contributed to the council’s decision to ban Styrofoam on the county level in 2014, according to Carmona.

“It shows the importance of the project because a class’s small actions led to a real solution in their community,” he added.

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LA Library Endowment & Van Gogh

Posted on April 26, 2015 by  
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Van Gogh Self PortraitThe Los Altos Library Endowment has scheduled its annual “Speaking Volumes” program 7:30 p.m. Monday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Dr. Lorrin Koran, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will headline this year’s event with the presentation “Vincent Van Gogh – Art and Madness.”

Koran will share his views on what may have caused Van Gogh to cut off his ear and explore whether the artist’s masterpieces were works of genius produced despite his illness, not because of it.

Koran landed at Stanford in 1977 and became professor of psychiatry in 1984. He directed the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and research program from 1989 to 2010. For more information, visit lalendow.org

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Los Altos Stage Company Revives A Classic

Posted on April 24, 2015 by  
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is scheduled to run through May 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled in a marital war of words.

On the campus of a small New England university, George and Martha, a once-loving but now embittered and battle-scarred middle-aged couple, entertain a new young professor and his wife following a late-night faculty party. Over the course of the evening, the unwitting guests are drawn into a three-act tour de force of humiliation, frustration and manipulation that will leave everyone’s cards face-up on the table and a marriage in tatters.

“Woolf” premiered on Broadway in 1962 and won a Tony Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.

As political scientist Wallace Stanley Sayre famously noted, academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low. He might as well have been speaking about marriage, where the bitterest feuds often spring from the most trivial matters.

What: Los Altos Stage Company’s “Whos’ Afraid of Virginia Woolf”

Where: Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos

When: Through May 3: Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Cost: $18-$34

Info: Go to losaltosstage.org or call 650-941-0551.

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LASD JO Scheduled For Saturday

Posted on April 22, 2015 by  
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LASD Junior Olympics at Mountain View High School, April 26, 2014Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders will showcase their athletic abilities at the district’s 55th annual Junior Olympics, scheduled Saturday at Mountain View High School.

The interschool track and field meet spotlights the district’s PE program. The event typically draws a crowd of more than 3,500 students, families, friends and neighbors cheering on the young athletes.

The annual Olympic games feature fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from the district’s seven elementary schools competing in an array of events. More than 1,600 students from Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools are slated to participate.

Events include the 400-meter relay, the 75-yard dash, the 60-yard hurdles, the standing long jump, chin-ups, jump rope, the softball throw and the basketball free throw. Athletes may enter up to three events, some of which require tryouts.

Early in the day, students gather on the track for an opening ceremony that features a parade of mascots, athletes and district officials. It’s a must-see portion of the day, according to Superintendent Jeff Baier.

LASD Junior Olympics at Mountain View High School, April 26, 2014District PE instructors prepare students for the Junior Olympics in the weeks leading up to the meet. Students try all the different events and then select the ones in which they want to compete.

The Junior Olympics are designed to emphasize good sportsmanship, stress the importance of healthy competition and encourage participants to do their best.

The committee that plans the Junior Olympics and helps run the events includes volunteer representatives from each school and a district PE specialist. The district provides personnel to help with deliveries, equipment and maintenance needs. The Los Altos Educational Foundation and school PTAs fund the event.

The first track event – the 1,320-yard run – is scheduled 8 a.m. on the track at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. The opening ceremony will follow at approximately 9 a.m.

For more information, visit lasdjo.com.

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Los Altos Live! Set For This Saturday

Posted on April 22, 2015 by  
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Los Altos Live! talent showThe seventh annual Los Altos Live! talent show is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Co-sponsored by the Los Altos Cultural Association and the Town Crier, the showcase will feature more than 75 performers in 20 different acts, ranging from dancers to jugglers, martial artists, singers and musicians.

The event is a fundraiser for Los Altos High students who attend Camp Diversity, a four-day retreat at which students, faculty and staff from participating high schools learn to value one another by breaking down the barriers of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and other sources of division.

For more information, call 687-7740, email losaltoslive@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/pages/Los-Altos-Live/384838871544571.

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New Business By Los Altos Sisters

Posted on April 12, 2015 by  
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sisters Megan Wilson, left, and Gillian BrothersonTwo Los Altos natives combined their passions for wellness and dance to open a new business, barre 3 Los Altos, in their hometown last week.

As part of the national barre3 workout franchise, sisters Gillian Brotherson and Megan Wilson launched the Los Altos studio at 4758 El Camino Real less than a year after Wilson opened the successful barre3 Willow Glen. The signature workouts blend ballet, yoga and Pilates for low-impact, high-octane fitness routines.

“It has been life-changing for both of us,” said Brotherson, who instructs at the Willow Glen site. “Having grown up in Los Altos, it was our first thought when considering a second location. Our family is deeply rooted in this community. … My sister and I are beyond excited to share it with our hometown.”

For more on the health benefits of barre, see the April 15 Your Health section, which will feature an article on the new Los Altos studio owners.

For more information on the studio, visit barre3.com.

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Young Men’s Service League

Posted on April 10, 2015 by  
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Young Men's Service LeagueThe Young Men’s Service League, a nonprofit organization that promotes community service, is set to launch its local Rancho chapter with an inaugural class of 47 eighth- and ninth-graders and their mothers.

Mothers and their sons from Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and other surrounding cities will embark on a four-year program of philanthropy, life-skills education and leadership development.

Formed in 2001 in Plano, Texas, the Young Men’s Service League has 42 chapters in eight states – a total of 3,200 mothers and 3,500 sons. Collectively, the league served 135,000 community service hours last year.

The service year runs from May 1 to April 30, 2016. Enrollment for new members will take place in spring 2016 for current eighth-graders.

For more information, visit ymslrancho.chapterweb.net.

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A Silicon Valley Townhouse

Posted on April 8, 2015 by  
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Garzoni Living Room

1890 Garzoni Place, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Off-market List at $798,000 / Sold at $830,000
3 Beds / 2.5 Baths / Home: 1,458 sqft / Lot Size: 2,614 sqft +/-
Townhouse
Represented: Seller & Buyer

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Almond’s Family Science Night

Posted on April 8, 2015 by  
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Almond Family Science NightAlmond School’s Family Science Night March 11 featured more than 25 stations hosted by students and parent volunteers.

Almond sixth-graders and their parents, assisted by Los Altos High School students, organized a number of hands-on activities for the event, including constructing a large-scale trebuchet, using a chopstick to poke through a heart and building a hovercraft.

At the “poll” station devoted to human variation, students revealed that half of those surveyed thought that cilantro tasted soapy and led attendees through an exercise to determine whether they were right-eyed or left-eyed.

The 300 attendees made instruments out of a drinking straw, toothpick structures and balloon rockets. Participants got dirty potting plants, squishing around in the liquid Oobleck and touching worms.

In the school’s STEM lab, students donned 3D glasses to use in the district’s zSpace consoles, which offered a virtual experience.

A number of local organizations contributed to the event. Kiwi Crate in Mountain View ran catapults, zoetropes and a hydraulics station. Mission Trail Waste Systems, the garbage and recycling service, led students through a refuse sorting station.

Adobe Animal Hospital answered animal questions, displayed skulls and offered herbivore goggles for students to try on. Representatives from the Los Altos Police Department, including School Resource Officer Katie Krauss, showed young detectives how to identify fingerprints. The Living Classroom Program hosted a potting station, and Master Composters of Santa Clara showed students the inner workings of a worm bin.

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