Traditional “Christmas At Our House” Tour To Showcase Homes in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills

The December 4th opening of the “Christmas at Our House” tour will kick off the 26th year of the annual event hosted by the St. Francis High School Women’s Club. The festivities Thursday night will include an elegant cocktail buffet at the St. William Catholic Church in Los Altos and the tour of the homes will take place on December 5 and 6. This event helps to raise funds for St. Francis High’s ongoing facilities construction. For more details, please click on the link below.

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Behind the Scenes of Los Alto’s Annual Festival of Lights Parade

The 38th annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is coming up on November 30th and, as usual, residents are in for a treat! Since earlier this year, volunteers have already been hard at work with fundraising and preparations for this beloved event. There will be floats featuring a santa workshop, gingerbread house, trains, ballet dancers and more! And, let’s not forget the lights! It’ll be like Disneyland! As you can imagine, it take a small village of dedicated volunteers to pull all this together. Click on the link below to get the “behind the scenes” story.

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Bay Area High Schools Rank Among the Best in the Nation

Every year Newsweek magazine publishes a list of the top high schools in the country and many of our local schools continue to make the list year after year! In fact, the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District and the Los Altos School District schools are in the top 1% of districts in the nation! And, we all know how the value of excellent schools impacts the demand for residential real estate. Take a look at the Newsweek’s ranking of our local high schools….out of more than 25,000 schools throughout the nation.

Gunn High 38
Palo Alto High 56
Los Altos High 71
Monta Vista High 74
Mountain View High 189
Cupertino High 491
Homestead High 403

So, how does Newsweek determine which schools do the best in preparing its students for college? For 2014, Newsweek developed a 3-step methodology to make that determination:

1. Proficiency index on the state standardized assessments tests
2. College readiness score that includes analysis on the school’s enrollment rates, graduation rates and SAT/ACT composite
3. Analysis of disadvantaged schools with students that performed better than the state average in reading and math

Click on the link below for Newsweek’s complete list.

http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014

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Los Altos Resident to Direct Dancers at Mountain View’s Annual Nutcracker Performance

Los Altos resident Alex Zubiria can’t imagine the holidays without a Nutcracker performance. As the artistic director and manager of the Western Ballet Company, he feels strongly that the annual performances at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts can’t help but put attendees in the holiday spirit. The cast of dancers includes Bay Area students aged 6 to 18 years old, as well as guest appearances by professional ballet dancers. Click on the link below to read more about Alex, his students and what this performance means to them.

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Los Altos Father and Son Team Donates Electric Car to Auto Tech Program

De Anza College’s Automotive Technology Program is the lucky recipient of what may be the Bay Area’s first electric car. Bill Palmer, Jr. and Bill Palmer III, both longtime Los Altos residents, designed the car back in the 1960’s as a bonding father/son project. The project took 3 years to complete and was the first car registered with the Electrical Vehicle Association. Since then, the Palmer’s sold, re-bought and refurbished the vehicle, and had recently decided that it was time to “let it go”. Sensing that it may have some historical value, they decided that DeAnza’s Auto Program would be the perfect final resting place for their creation. Click on the link below to read more.

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Non-Profit Saving Lives in Mountain View

Racing Hearts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of the general public, has targeted Mountain View as the recipient of more than 40 portable defibrillators throughout the city. The defibrillators are used to help get a heart beating again if a person has a heart attack. This increases the chance of survival since action can be taken immediately without having to wait for the paramedics to arrive on the scene. When someone is having a heart attack, every second and minute counts! Click on the link below to read more.

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Mountain View’s New Teen Center Opens This Friday

A ribbon-cutting event for the grand opening of Mountain View’s new Teen Center is scheduled for this Friday, November 14 at 5pm. Dubbed “The View”, the center will provide a variety of activities for the city’s youth during non-school hours. Wanting to foster an “ownership” mindset, the development of the center and its activities relied heavily on input from the local teenagers. For more information about the new teen center, click on the link below:

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