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Around Town WHAT’S IN A NAME? ... The Main Library in Palo Alto will undergo a metamorphosis in the next few years when its rooms are renovated, a wing is added and the driveways around the Newell Road campus where it’s located are redesigned. But there is another major change that the city is considering that wouldn’t require bricks, mortar or expanded lanes: the library’s name. Unlike the city’s Downtown, College Terrace and Mitchell Park branches, the Main Library has a name that is fairly vague, somewhat bland and, geographically speaking, neutral. It implies that the branch is the city’s largest, a suggestion that is false (the Mitchell Park library, which is undergoing a complete reconstruction right now, is the biggest branch and the most ambitious of the three library-renovation projects financed by a 2008 voter-approved bond). But what should the city call the library? That’s the question that the Library Advisory Commission is scheduled to tackle at its Aug. 23 meeting. Library Director Monique le Conge said the idea of renaming the Main Library came out of a joint meeting between the library commission and the City Council in January. “The idea is that we have several strong neighborhood libraries,” le Conge said. “There really is no one central library.” RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE ... Palo Alto City Council candidates Tim Gray and Mark Weiss have one thing in common: Each thinks the city’s political process has become far too exclusive and too welcoming to entrenched politicians. Both had run for council in 2009 and both finished near the bottom of the 14member pool. Both are planning to run again in November. But they have one major difference. Gray, whose 2009 campaign chest totaled $800, said he plans to make a “big loan” to his campaign in hopes of being more competitive this time around (though he said he will be the campaign’s sole funder). Weiss, who often bemoans the influence wielded by local developers, is less interested in money. He told the Weekly that he will not accept donations and he will put together his campaign ideas through “crowd sourcing” — that is, figuring out between now and November what residents would like to see on his platform. “I’m trying to be someone in the election who is creating an alternative to a machine, or to a system that cranks out a particular type of

candidate,” he said. JEAN MAPPING ... Shoppers too busy, too lazy or too technologically hip to walk into a traditional fitting room now have a new and quintessentially Palo Altan option at their disposal: sizing pods. The company Bodymetrics last week unveiled its first Northern California “body-sizing pod” at Bloomingdale’s at Stanford Shopping Center. The company had launched its first California program at a Bloomingdale’s in Los Angeles, where according to Bodymetrics “shoppers were able to quickly find perfect-fit jeans that match their size, shape and style.” Before that, it provided its body pods to Selfridges, a department store in London. So how does it work? According to the company’s announcement, shoppers step into a private pod “where their body is carefully mapped with hundreds of measurements and contours to determine the best jean from all leading brands in stock at Bloomindale’s.” The statement touts the mapping process as one “designed to find styles of jeans that will fit, flatter and accentuate shoppers’ unique shape.” SECOND IN COMMAND ... Palo Alto’s Department of Planning and Community Environment is often Ground Zero for City Council dreams and resident protests. Its to-do list includes some of the hottest community issues, from high-speed rail and cellular antennas to new bike paths and the controversial redesign of California Avenue. This month, the department added a new high-level staff member to help deal with the workload. On Aug. 6, the city’s newly hired Assistant Planning Director Aaron Aknin had his first day on the job. Aknin, who had spent the past five years as planning director in San Bruno, is filling a position that has been vacant for more than a year, ever since the retirement of Chief Planning Official Julie Caporgno (city officials decided to change the position title). Department Director Curtis Williams said Aknin’s responsibilities will include the overall day-to-day overview of the department, giving Williams more time to focus on City Council priorities. Aknin will also be involved in special projects, including high-speed rail. Williams said the city had recruited for the position three times but did not find a satisfactory candidate until now. N


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Palo Alto Unified School District Notice is hereby given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package: Contract Name: Palo Alto High School Window Replacement at Tower Building & Haymarket Theatre Contract No.: PAW-12 Description of the Work: The abatement of lead paint, demolition of existing windows, reframing windows, supply and installation of new windows. Work to be conducted in an occupied building, contractor is required to accommodate and coordinate with the District’s work schedule. Work hours may be performed during after hours. Bid documents contain full scope of work. Mandatory Job Walk: 10:00a.m. on August 22, 2012 starting at the front of Palo Alto High School’s Administration, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, California 94301 Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities Office, Building “D”. Proposals are due on September 7th, 2012 10:00am. It is the contractor’s responsibility to ensure bid is received at the District Facilities Office. Bidding Documents: Plans and specifications are available at ARC Reprographics located at 1100 Industrial Rd. Unit 13, San Carlos, CA 94070 for $100 | Phone: (650) 517-1895 This fee is refundable if the Contract Documents are returned in clean condition back to the District Facilities Office no later than ten (10) calendar days after the date of the bid opening. Bidders may also examine Bidding Documents at Facilities Office, Building “D”. PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of labor code sections 1720 – 1861. A copy of the Districts LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-job conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. 4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred. For more details on obtaining plans and specifications, the mandatory job walk, bid submission, or prevailing wage laws please contact: Palo Alto Unified School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building “D” Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Ron Smith Phone: (650) 329-3927 Fax: (650) 327-3588

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Jewelry, computers worth more than $60,000 stolen from Apple co-founder’s house by Gennady Sheyner he home of the late Steve Jobs, Apple’s iconic co-founder, became one of Palo Alto’s latest burglary targets last month when a former San Jose State University cornerback allegedly made off with at least two Apple computers, an iPad, a host of other electronic equipment, jewelry and other personal items from the Waverley Street residence, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda was arrested Aug. 2 for the burglary, which occurred between the evening of July 17 and the morning of July 18. As the case files reveal, investigators from the Palo Alto Police Department and the regional Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) Task Force turned to technology to catch McFarlin — using techniques increasingly effective when computers, cell phones and other devices are the target of thieves. The burglary occurred while the house in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood was unoccupied and undergoing renovation. The general contractor for the renovation discovered the burglary on the morning of July 18. Among the items reported stolen were two Apple computers, an iPad tablet, a Tiffany platinum and aquamarine necklace valued at $33,000, another Tiffany necklace with diamonds valued at $28,500, a pair of earrings valued at about $3,000, a wallet with credit cards, three iPods, a Ninja Blender, a Sodastream Soda Maker and “Monster Beats by Dr. Dre” headphones, according to the police report. Investigators relied on search records, serial numbers, IP addresses and social-media sites to track down McFarlin. They learned after contacting Apple that the operator of the stolen iPad was trying to re-install the operating system the morning after the burglary and was connecting to Apple servers through a wireless AT&T connection. They then used the IP address in this connection to link the equipment to two Apple iTunes accounts, one of which belonged to McFarlin. Between July 24 and 26, investigators tracked down more evidence linking the stolen computers to other IP addresses associated with McFarlin’s iTunes accounts. They received search warrants related to his customer accounts and learned from Apple’s investigators that McFarlin used the iPad to log on to his iTunes account, according to REACT Agent Marshall Norton’s report. Investigators made further headway on July 29, when they tracked the same iPad to a Comcast IP address associated with a woman living in Alameda County.

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They then learned that the woman, Jacqueline Richard, was one of McFarlin’s “friends” on Facebook. Officers and REACT investigators used this evidence to get a search warrant for McFarlin’s Alameda home. They raided the house on Aug. 2 and arrested McFarlin without incident. Norton wrote in the report that while at the house, he observed an iMac on a desk in the kitchen area. The computer’s serial number was the same as on the computer that was taken during a burglary. During his interview with REACT Task Force Agent Tim Crowley, McFarlin allegedly admitted that he stole two iMacs, three iPads, three iPods, an Apple TV, a diamond necklace and earrings and “several other items” found in his house, including Jobs’ personal items. McFarlin explained that he had been homeless and was living on the streets in his car, according to the report. He targeted the house because it appeared to be under conKariem McFarlin struction and dark inside. He parked the car on a side street, approached on foot and climbed the scaffolding to get over the fence surrounding the house. Once inside the property, he found a key that he used to get into the main house, the report states. He “crept around the house because he was scared someone might be home.” But he quickly learned that no one was around because he had made what the report describes as a “considerable amount of noise” and didn’t see anyone coming. He allegedly told investigators that he did not realize whose house he was in until he was inside and he saw a letter addressed to Jobs. Once inside, McFarlin “rummaged through all of the rooms, removing various computers and camera equipment,” according to a report from Palo Alto Detective Sgt. James Reifschneider. McFarlin threw several furniture cushions over the cyclone fence installed around the house because of renovations and dropped the stolen property on to the cushions to protect the items from breaking, he told investigators. McFarlin also allegedly sold the stolen jewelry to a seller in Pennsylvania (Palo Alto officers have since identified this seller, who agreed to return the jewelry). He also said he put other stolen items into his storage locker in Alameda. He consented to have the agents search the locker. In-

side, they found a wallet containing Steve Jobs’ driver’s license and credit cards. McFarlin also allegedly told the police that he had given away two iPads he had stolen, one to his juvenile daughter and another to his friend, Kenneth Kahn. Both Kahn and McFarlin’s daughter said during the investigation that they didn’t know the items had been stolen and handed them over to the REACT agents. According to the report, McFarlin also admitted to being involved in other burglaries of private residences in San Francisco. McFarlin admitted to Norton that he had entered about 15 to 20 homes but only stole items from four or five of them, Norton wrote in his report. At the end of his interview with the REACT agent, McFarlin agreed to write an apology letter, Norton wrote. “Kariem McFarlin stated he would like to write a letter of apology and authored a one-page letter identifying that he had burglarized the Jobs’ home and stolen their property but had done so because he was desperate,” Norton wrote. McFarlin was arraigned on Aug. 7 and is next scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Aug. 20, at which time he is expected to enter a plea. He is facing charges of burglary and selling of stolen property, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The maximum sentence he can receive is seven years and eight months. He is currently being held on $500,000 bail. The incident is the latest in a long string of burglaries that has hit Palo Alto and other Bay Area cities in recent months. By early May, the city had reported 81 residential burglaries in the first four months of the year, compared to 34 in 2010 and 43 in 2011. The trend seemed to have eased off in April, when the number of reported burglaries dropped to seven. However, three more Palo Alto home burglaries were reported this past weekend, according to a police report. The troubling trend had prompted the police department to launch a “Lock It or Lose It!” campaign aimed at educating residents on ways to prevent burglaries and detect suspicious behavior. The department had also added more manpower, including plainclothes officers, to its burglarysuppression operation, and assigned two day-shift officers to work with burglary detectives specifically on stopping this trend. Police encourage residents to keep their home and car doors and windows locked and to lock their yard gates. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.


We are excited to have been voted “Best Of” by Palo Alto Weekly readers on so many occasions. This month marks La Bodeguita del Medio’s 15th anniversary, which makes winning four “Best Of” categories this year particularly gratifying. We are sincerely grateful to our many customers from Palo Alto and around the Bay Area whose loyalty and enthusiastic support has been central to our success. In addition, we are incredibly fortunate to have such a fantastic staff. Several of our employees have been with us for more than a decade. We appreciate and acknowledge their commitment to making La Bodeguita such a wonderful establishment. Friends and family have also contributed to our success, but we would have to purchase every page in the paper to mention them all! There are a few who we would like to recognize. They include our friends, Gretchen Reynolds and Michael Stevenson, who have collaborated with us providing graphics, design, and almost everything else that a business requires... and we owe a special thanks to two of our original investors (and great friends), Roy Jewell and the late Smokey Wallace, for stepping up and helping us through our most difficult days.

Please join us in celebrating our 15th Anniversary on California Avenue Once again, it’s “Mojito Month” at La Bodeguita. For each mojito we sell, we will donate one dollar to our local schools and a terrific veterans’ organization, Companions for Heroes. So come in and celebrate with us between mid-August and mid-September. Help us give back to the community that has done so much for La Bodeguita, and to veterans who have given so much for us all. Thank you for making the last 15 years so memorable. We look forward to many more years on California Avenue and we hope to see you soon for a mojito! Michael and Lara

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KUDOS TO PALO ALTO YOUTH ... Palo Alto residents can feel a bit safer with Divya Saini around. The Midtown neighborhood teen has been selected as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Youth Preparedness Council. She is one of only 13 youths on the nationwide council. Divya participates in Palo Alto’s Block Preparedness Coordinator Program and volunteers at local neighborhood emergency preparedness events. She has developed a Facebook site for emergency preparedness, and she is the founder of Movers and Shakers, a teen club designed to form a stronger bond between adults and teens through earthquake preparedness. Divya was recently recognized with a grant from the Palo Alto Unified School District Board to further her efforts in helping teens and others be prepared. DRIVERS BEWARE ... Palo Alto police are reminding drivers to be aware that school is back in session as of Aug. 16. Residents can expect to see an increase in traffic along school corridors and more children walking and biking. Traffic enforcement will be stepped up, police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said. “Avoid a ticket: Obey signs, slow down, make complete stops and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.� As part of its new social-media program, the department sent out a notice to residents through the website rBlock.com. A list of traffic-safety tips is available through http://tinyurl.com/paschool. “And we urge parents to review them with their children,� he said. RINCONADA PARK PLAN ... Community input on the long-range plans for Rinconada Park are available for viewing online. Residents who could not attend a recent meeting and would like to review the presentation or find dates for upcoming meetings can find information at www.cityofpaloalto.org/rinconadaplan. N

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City Council Rail Committee (Aug. 10) High-speed rail: The committee directed staff to draft a memorandum listing the city’s concerns about the recently approved budget appropriation bill for California’s high-speed-rail system. Yes: Burt, Klein, Scharff Absent: Shepherd

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Adult Registration (13 +) registration fee is $30 per entrant by 9/14/12. Includes a long-sleeved t-shirt. Youth Registration (6 - 12) registration is $20 per entrant by 9/14/12. Includes a long-sleeved t-shirt. Youth (5 and under) run free with an adult, but must be registered through Evenbrite with signed parental guardian waiver, or may bring/fill out a signed waiver to race-night registration. Late Registration fee is $35 for adults, $25 for youth from 9/15 - 9/26. Race night registration fee is $40 for adult; $30 for youth from 6 to 8pm. T-shirts available only while supplies last. Refunds will not be issued for no-show registrations and t-shirts will not be held. MINORS: If not pre-registered, minors under 18 MUST bring signed parental/waiver form on race night.

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Community Sponsors

Online pre-registration opportunity for organizations of 10 or more runners; e-mail MoonlightRun@paweekly.com.

DIVISIONS Age divisions: 9 & under; 10 - 12; 13 - 15; 16 - 19; 20 - 24; 25 - 29; 30 - 34; 35 - 39; 40 - 44; 45 - 49; 50 - 54; 55 - 59; 60 - 64; 65 - 69; 70 & over with separate divisions for male and female runners in each age group. Race timing provided for 5K and 10K runs only.

COMPUTERIZED RESULTS BY A Change of Pace Chip timing results will be posted on PaloAltoOnline.com by 11pm race night. Race organizers are not responsible for incorrect results caused by incomplete/incorrect registration forms.

AWARDS/PRIZES/ENTERTAINMENT Top three finishers in each division. Prize giveaways and refreshments. Pre-race warmups by Noxcuses Fitness, Palo Alto

PALO ALTO GRAND PRIX Road Race Series — Moonlight Run, 9/28; Marsh Madness, 10/27; Home Run, 9/11, for more information go to www.paloaltogp.org.

BENEFICIARY Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. A holiday-giving fund to benefit Palo Alto area non-profits and charitable organizations. In April 2012, 55 organizations received a total of $353,000 (from the 2011-2012 Holiday Fund.)

MORE INFORMATION Call (650) 463-4920, (650) 326-8210, email MoonlightRun@paweekly.com or go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com. For safety reasons, no dogs allowed on course for the 5K and 10K runs. They are welcome on the 5K walk only. No retractable leashes. Bring your own clean-up bag. Jogging strollers welcome in the 5K walk or at the back of either run.

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FESTIVAL OF BOOKS ... Litquake, a day-long celebration of books, ideas and community, will take place on Aug. 26, beginning at 3 p.m., at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Afternoon events, including author readings and appearances, writer panels, kids’ events and one literary salon spoken in Hebrew, are free. Local authors represented include Leslie Berlin, Sheila Himmel, Alan Kaufman, Michael Krasny, Keith Raffel, Matt Richtel, Ellen Sussman and Ellen Ullman. Participants are asked to bring new or gently used books (ideally, picture books and dictionaries, easy chapter books and Spanishlanguage books) for children age 5 to 8, which will be collected for Jewish Coalition for Literacy. That night, at 8 p.m., Michael Krasny will present “An Evening of Jewish Humor.” Tickets are $23-30, plus service fee. Information: http://litquake.org or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/234482 SUMMER SOIREE ... As a kick-off to the Oct. 5-13 San Francisco Litquake, four authors will mingle and chat at the Sunny Sunday Summer Soiree at 4 p.m. on Aug. 19, at an author’s home in Los Altos Hills. On hand will be Annie Barrows, co-author of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” and author of the “Ivy and Bean” series of children’s books; Jane Smiley, author of “Horse Heaven” and “Private Life”; Katie Crouch, author of “Girls in Trucks,” “Men and Dogs” and the “Magnolia League” series; and Ellen Sussman, author of “French Lessons” and “On a Night Like This,” and editor of the anthologies “Bad Girls” and “Dirty Words.” Tickets are $125, which includes drinks plus food prepared by French chef Silvia Gregori, who owns Citron et Vanille personal chef services. Information: http://litquake.org MEET THE AUTHORS ... Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park is still closed as the iconic bookstore continues its renovations. Plans are to re-open the store by Labor Day, according to keplers2020.com. Kepler’s will host several authors at the store despite the ongoing renovations. Upcoming authors at Kepler’s Books at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park include Suzanne Lazear, “Innocent Darkness” (Aug. 18, 7 p.m.); Nancy Mullane, “Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption” (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.); Louise Penny, “The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.); and Judith Horstman, “The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain: The Neuroscience of Making the Most of Your Mature Mind” (Sept. 9, 2 p.m.). Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at 74 Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Jill Geisler, “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know” (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.); Rayme Waters, “The Angel’s Share” (Sept. 5, 7 p.m.); Amanda Coplin, “The Orchardist” (Sept. 6, 7 p.m., at the Palo Alto Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto); Mike Lupica, “True Legend” (Sept. 12, 6 p.m.); Erin Ann Thomas, “Coal in Our Veins” (Sept. 13, 7 p.m.); and Adam Lazarus, “Best of Rivals” (Sept. 14, 7 p.m.). Information: www.keplers.com and www.booksinc.net.

Title Pages A monthly section on local books and authors

Nancy Packer’s short stories offer crystalclear characterizations by Carol Blitzer “Old Ladies,” by Nancy Huddleston Packer, John Daniel & Company, McKinleyville, Calif., 174 pp., $15 er characters are strong — maybe even tough, assertive, not always likeable, yet somehow vaguely familiar. Nancy Huddleston Packer, in her latest collection of short stories, “Old Ladies,” offers 11 gems about women of a certain age: some widowed, some divorced, all confronting issues such as loneliness and insecurity, or contemplating death. Packer, a retired Stanford University English professor who headed up the creative-writing program for four years, starts with the germ of an idea, then creates characters that are far more than a conglomeration of people she knows. “They’re mostly me — not me in my experience, but I think writers have a kind of empathy for different characters because they see themselves in them,” she said in her sunny Palo Alto condo. At 87, she has a lot of “me” to plumb. Packer grew up dividing her time between Birmingham, Ala., and Washington, D.C., where her father, George Huddleston, served as a Congressman. She was the youngest of five, who hit her nadir in college; she credits a religion professor for saving her from “a very disheveled year in college,” when she was drinking too much and studying too little. She went on to earn a master’s degree in theology at the University of Chicago, although she doesn’t describe herself as religious — either now or then. She returned to Birmingham and began writing in her 20s, with short stories published in Harper’s and in Dude, a “girlie” magazine. “I wasn’t very good,” she said, despite getting published; “then, I went into writer’s block and stayed in for years.” At 32 she married Herb Packer and came to California where he became a law professor at Stanford. Once here she got into Wallace Stegner’s writing class, and the following year won a fellowship to the creative-writing program. The next year, when Philip Roth backed out at the last minute, she was asked to fill in teaching. She stayed on as a lecturer for five years. Ultimately, she moved up from assistant professor to be-

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Nancy Huddleston Packer, author of “Old Ladies” and a retired Stanford professor, continues to write daily in the study at her downtown Palo Alto home.


Title Pages come the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor in the Humanities. While dismissing her impact on the creative-writing program, Packer takes pride in shaping how freshman English was taught. Although she agreed with Wallace Stegner’s comment that “you can’t teach writing,� she says, “You can save a talented person five years or so of trial and error by showing them how to think critically about their own work.� When her children were young (Ann Packer is a novelist who lives in San Carlos with her two teenage children; George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker on leave to finish a book, is the father of two young children), she says her life was “trifurcated,� divided into three: teaching and running programs at Stanford, writing and family. Her husband died in 1972. “Once I came home from teaching and my 2-year-old daughter was in my study, pulling the ribbon out of my typewriter, and I thought, ‘There’s a lesson in there somewhere.’ After that I never closed the door. She could come in and sit on my lap; even the dog came in ... when I was trying to write,� she said. Today her writing schedule isn’t so different from when she was teaching. Her mornings are spent in her study, writing mainly short stories. It can take her anywhere from two months to many years to complete a story.

“I mull over them for a long time. I’m an inveterate rewriter: I rewrite and rewrite. I change ‘a’ to ‘the’ and then to ‘an’ then back to ‘the’ again — just constant tinkering,� she said. Occasionally, she’d like to return to an earlier version, but once she switched to using a computer she lost the ability to retrieve the wadded-up ball from the trash. Sometimes the structure of the story just happens, she said. In “Her Men,� the main character goes back in time, recalling various incidents that made an impression in her life, finally returning to the present and a decision she needs to make. “It was quite by accident. ... I wasn’t trying to be cute. In fact the story wasn’t cute,� but rather sad, she said. At a recent book reading at Books Inc. in Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, she chose to read from “Untangled,� about an encounter between two former lovers who haven’t seen each other in 50 years. “She pretended to be indifferent, but somehow he hit a button and she got so angry,� Packer said, pausing. “It may have been on the abortion, where he took her to Mexico.� While the specifics of the stories are drawn strictly from her imagination — although she claims not to have much of one — the characters are drawn from deep within herself. “I don’t go to bars or restaurants

‘I think writers go in to understand, rather than out. ... I don’t go inside and find weak people.’ — Nancy Huddleston Packer

or bridge parties in order to find characters. It’s the situation that brings out me. “I hope you don’t see me in those stories. I think writers go in to understand, rather than out. ... You find the place where your being intersects with the character’s being, so you can somehow under-

stand the character,â€? she said. “I don’t go inside and find weak people,��€? she added. Looking more closely at “Her Men,â€? Packer said she had very little in common with a woman at a lake, living it up. “She was an only child; I come from a family of five. I found in her something not unlike things in me. I think I was able to write from her point of view, I hope, persuasively, so you believe you’re there with her, that the reader is experiencing what the character is experiencing. “That’s what makes for good fiction, in my opinion,â€? she said. Not surprisingly, Packer’s favorite writers also produced short stories. She’s very fond of William Trevor, as well as Anton Chekhov, noting that “neither reaches for elegance; they reach for clarity and communication.â€? She began writing in the era of Ernest Hemingway. “It took me five years to be able to use an adjective. It had to be absolutely bare. I’m still not very good with adjectives and adverbs, but I know that it’s OK to use one when you need it,â€? she said, adding that over time her writing has become richer while retaining a relatively bare style, what she calls “no fancy dancing.â€? Three of the stories in “Old Ladiesâ€? take place in a retirement community, Triple R (Ridgeside Retirement Residence), a thinly veiled reference to Vi at Palo Alto, a community formerly known as

Classic Residence by Hyatt. “I wanted to write a whole book, but I’m getting too old. I couldn’t wait to write more about the Hyatt,� she said, noting that all three of those stories are different from her usual style because there’s no specific point of view. In one, it’s told by a “we�; one is back and forth between a man and a woman; the third is from a man’s point of view. Asking Packer to name her favorites is like asking a parent to say which child she loves more. But she did acknowledge that one that affected her the most is “Dust Catchers,� an odd story about an alcoholic who’s being taken advantage of by a con woman who’s stealing her dead husband’s Russian artifacts — items she’s abhorred for years but could never get rid of. She had originally wanted to end her collection with this story, but her editor “didn’t think it should end with such a downer,� she said. So the book ends with “Regulars,� a story about a man and a woman who meet in a hospital waiting room, each dealing with a dying spouse, finally finding comfort with each other. Rather than contemplating death, these characters embrace life — and each other. N Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at cblitzer@ paweekly.com.

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COMMUNITY MEETING Review the proposed designs for Scott Park Improvements. Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 5-6 PM Scott Park 911 Scott Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 The City of Palo Alto seeks the community’s input on the proposed plans. For more information, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/csd/parks/projects.asp

Meeting hosted by City of Palo Alto Public Works, (650) 496-5916

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission

Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Center, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main website at www.cityofpaloalto.org and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. NEW BUSINESS. Other Items 1.

Selection of Chair and Vice-Chair.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Consent 2.

Approval of Revisions to Planning & Transportation Commission Procedural Rules

NEW BUSINESS. Public Hearing: 3.

Comprehensive Plan Amendment: Review of Vision Statement, Goals, Policies and Programs of the Transportation Element.

4.

423-451 Page Mill Road: Request by Stoecker and Northway Architects for initiation of a rezoning of a 1.6 acre site from Single Family Residential (R-1) to Service Commercial (CS), and an amendment of the site’s Comprehensive Plan land use designation from Single Family Residential to Service Commercial. Environ mental Assessment: An initial study/draft Negative Declaration has been prepared for public comment from August 17, 2012 to September 17, 2012.

Other Items 5.

Topics of Discussion for Joint PTC/ARB Study Session of September 19, 2012

6.

Discussion of Preparation of Annual Report to Council for the Period, August 2011- August 2012

Questions. For any questions regarding the above items, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2441. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing ada@cityofpaloalto.org. *** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment

Pulse

A weekly compendium of vital statistics

POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Aug. 7-14 Violence related Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Assault w/a deadly weapon . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Sex crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .6 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 11 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Menlo Park

Sharon Ekter Lipson

Aug. 7-14

Sharon Ekter Lipson passed away peacefully on August 10, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. She was born December 24, 1941 and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Sharon is survived by her loving family, husband Leon, and children, daughter Laurie Richardson and her husband Monte, son Jeffrey Lipson and Tom, daughter Debbie Whitmer and her husband John, and son Peter Lipson and his wife Debbie. She was a devoted grandmother to Claire Richardson, Simeon Richardson, Micayla Whitmer, Eric Whitmer, Madera Lipson, Lucia Lipson, Catalina Lipson, and Ana Sophia Lipson. Sharon and her husband met in college, at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and shared a long loving marriage of nearly 50 years. They married in Chicago in 1962. By 1967, they moved to the mid-peninsula, where they built their lives and raised a family. Sharon was always by Leon’s side and was critical to his success in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. They loved to travel together. Sharon and Leon traveled far and wide through the years, many times with friends and family. An avid chef, Sharon studied with Jacques Pepin, Flo Braker, Alice Waters and other renowned chefs. She shared her skill with her children and grandchildren, imparting the importance of sharing food with family and friends. She not only watched over the family, but also made extraordinary contributions to the community. She was a compassionate, kind hearted, generous and most honorable woman. For many years, Sharon was an active and dedicated volunteer in the Jewish community. Over the past four decades, she served with the Beth Am Sisterhood. She actively participated in activities at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center. She often ‘adopted’ newly emigrated Jewish families from abroad to help them adjust to life in the Bay Area. Most notably, she and the entire Lipson family actively participated in the Beth Am Fresser’s Havurah. That group served as an extended family in celebrating Jewish holidays and important lifecycle events. Sharon’s volunteerism extended well into the local community. She worked with Allied Arts Guild, where she helped to raise funds to support uncompensated care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. She also participated in Peninsula Children’s Center Charter Auxiliary, where she was actively involved in their Holiday Program. Family and friends were invited to attend a celebration of Sharon’s life, which was held on Monday, August 13, 2012 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA , 26790 Arastradero Road, at 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Congregation Beth Am Memorial Fund in Sharon’s memory. PA I D

Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Noise ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Terrorist threat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

O B I T UA RY

Violence related Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle related Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .6 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Violation of court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Atherton Aug. 7-14 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .3 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Flooding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Shots fired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Watermain break. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto 1500 block Arastradero Road, 8/8, 4:08 p.m.; arson. Unlisted block Park Boulevard, 8/9, 3:07 a.m.; domestic violence/battery. Unlisted block Park Boulevard, 8/9, 4:07 a.m.; domestic violence/battery. Unlisted block Embarcadero Road, 8/11, 12:58 a.m.; sex crime. 4300 block Page Mill Road, 8/12, 6:47 p.m.; assault with a deadly weapon.

Menlo Park Unlisted block Live Oak Avenue, 8/7, 9:09 p.m.; spousal abuse. 500 block Middlefield Road, 8/8, 2:19 p.m.; spousal abuse. Unlisted block Alma Street, 8/13, 10:54 a.m.; robbery.


Transitions Births, marriages and deaths

Deaths Roy Steffensen Roy Steffensen, a early contributor to the television industry, died Aug. 2 in his Woodland Hills home with his daughters at his side. He was 98. He was born in Palo Alto to a family with roots in show business. As a child he started backyard plays, and in high school he wrote and starred in a production that featured a 20foot rocket ship to the moon, which rose into the air amid flash powder effects as the whole Palo Alto High School football team manned ropes backstage. While studying architecture at UCLA he accepted a job at 20th Century Fox studios creating miniatures for the 1937 Oscar-winning film “In Old Chicago.” He was able to wed his sweetheart Kim, a marriage that lasted nearly 75 years. During World War II he created elaborate camouflage arrays to protect defense plants in the Southland, and later he returned to Palo Alto to spend the rest of the war contributing to the design and construction of ships. Living in post-war San Francisco, he and Kim formed a musical comedy troupe and, while performing in Portsmouth Square, were discovered by newly created KRON-TV. For seven years he was the official Santa Claus at KRON-TV. He introduced his character, Captain Z-Ro, as a weekly program on KRON, becoming a time traveler, visiting a variety of historical events, educating children and giving his wife the opportunity to play a number of female characters. Captain Z-Ro performed 150 shows live with only two cameras. The 15-minute show was also broadcast in Los Angeles and in 1954 was picked up for national syndication and expanded to a 30-minute format. Captain Z-Ro was an early adopter of many of the concepts that have become standard in science fiction: time travel, materialization and language translators. He and his wife moved to Los Angeles to pursue show-business opportunities and raise their children. Working as an architect for Walter Becket, he contributed to the design of Century City and continued his career at Universal Studios as a set designer and art director for numerous film and television projects. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Kim; sister, Verona Bloomquist; daughters, Kita Feldman (Seth) and Kristina Hatfield; grandchildren, Tait and Holly Hatfield, Sarah Pyle and Daniel, Rachel Feldman, Becky, Hannah and Zoe Feldman.

Dorothy Connelly Dorothy (Dot) Connelly, 83, died Aug. 8, surrounded by her family. After her second bout with lung cancer, she followed her husband of 52 years, Bob, in death. She was passionate about her family and her Catholic faith. She grew up in New York and graduated from the University of New Mexico with three degrees. She followed her love of adventure by joining Pan Am as a stewardess during the 1950s. She lived in postwar London, and traveled all over the world. She had a special love for Hong Kong, Beirut and Austria. She moved to San Francisco, where she met Bob. They married at Carmel Mission and raised their family in Atherton. They spent time with a circle of friends from their community, Sharon Heights Country Club and the parish of The Church of the Nativity. She is survived by her children, Sue, Kelly, Rob and Carolyn (Regan); son-in-law, Rob; and grandchildren, Kelly, Kristen, Caitlin, Heather, Joe, Lauren, Erin, Kevin and Brendan Regan. Any gifts may be given to Nativity School Endowment Fund: www. nativityschool.com.

Nancie Basques Smith Nancie Smith died on Aug. 6 at the Los Altos Sub Acute and Rehab Center in Los Altos. She was 79. Nancie Smith was born in Hardin, Mo., on Dec. 19, 1932. She came to the San Francisco Bay Area as a child and lived there for the rest of her life. Preceded in death by her parents, Nancie is survived by her sisters, Connie Vigil and Corrine Salgado of Stockton, Calif., Mary West of Modesto, Calif., and brothers Simon Basques of Milbrae and Tony Zapata of Quinlan, Texas. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Basques, and her sister, Triny Seifert of Gilroy, Calif. Nancie is also survived by seven of her 10 children: Ray Basques of Santa Clara, Vera Stange of San Mateo, Steve Ledesma of Jacksonville, Fla., Ophelia Skiver of Los Altos, James Ledesma of Red Bluff, Calif., Gloria Barker of Genesee, Ida., and Sylvia Kappelmann of Menlo Park. She was preceded in death by her sons Robert Paul and Jerome Luis, and her daughter Nancy Rachael. Nancie is survived by 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She will be remembered by her numerous nieces and nephews and their children as well. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, was an avid viewer of All My Children, loved Pepsi, Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Grateful Dead and coffee. She participated in an art class at the Alzheimer’s Center in San Jose

and enjoyed the craft and music programs there. She fought Alzheimer’s disease first at home with her long-time home-health aide, Marshella Collins, and with her granddaughter Rachel Kappelmann Jonas and her grandson Nolan Skiver, and then the skilled nursing staff at the rehab center.

WEDDING Elizabeth Jean Morrissey and Patrick Conlan McBrearty were married Aug. 11, 2012, in Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, Calif. Morrissey is the daughter of Michael (deceased) and Ann Allen Morrissey, both of whom graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1965. McBrearty is the son of Thomas and Ursula McBrearty of Castle Rock, Colo. The couple met as students at UCLA in 2003 and will live together in San Francisco.

Charlotte Ott Tudor Gilbert March 31, 1914 – July 26, 2012 Charlotte died peacefully at her Piedmont, CA home, surrounded by family & loved ones. Mrs. Gilbert was predeceased by husbands Wallace Ott, 31 years; Vernon Tudor, 23 years; and Robert Gilbert, 10 years. She is survived by her children, Amrette, Chuck, Mary and Doug, 5 stepchildren, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. During the 30 years she lived in Menlo Park, she was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, president of the PTA and a member of the Woodside Atherton Junior Auxiliary, where she was named Chair in 1962 and served as Chairman of Tally Ho. For the last 43 years, she resided in Piedmont, where she was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland. A former board member of the Oakland Symphony and the Oakland Ballet, Ms. Gilbert was a prominent member of the Piedmont Chapter of the Daughters of

the American Revolution, the Piedmont Area Republican Women, the Lakeshore Women’s Club, the Bellevue Club, the East Bay Opera League, and the Piedmont Service League. She was also a dedicated volunteer and supporter of the Oakland Children’s Hospital, the Oakland Museum, and the Northern Lights School. Charlotte will be fondly remembered for her kind spirit and adventurous nature; her fierce loyalty to her family, church, friends and neighbors; her love of entertaining, her appreciation of the arts, her joie de vivre, her infectious smile, and her innate ability to strike up a conversation with anyone she might encounter and make a friend in the most unlikely of places. There will be a memorial service at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverly Street, Palo Alto on August 25th at 2pm. PA I D

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Sharon Doyle Dec. 2, 1937 – Aug. 8, 2012 Sharon Claire Doyle, a lifelong resident of Palo Alto, died unexpectedly after suffering an aneurism on Aug. 8, 2012. At her bedside at Stanford Hospital were her nephews, David and Ken, and Ken’s wife, Marilyn. Sharon was born in Palo Alto in 1937 to John Kenneth and Babette (Bailey) Doyle. She had one brother, John Kenneth, Jr., who died in 2002. Sharon attended Palo Alto High School, class of 1955. She graduated from Stanford University in 1959, majoring in sociology. Other than a few years working for SRI in Paris, Sharon spent her entire life in Palo Alto. She worked for many years as Assistant to the Dean of the Law School at Stanford University until her retirement in 1992. Sharon was an avid environmentalist, generously donating to a number of causes such as the Sierra Club, the NRDC, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Nature Conservancy. She was a fifty year member of the Humane Society. She also gave to various progressive causes such as

the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Sharon enjoyed puzzles, the more difficult the better. She loved to sit in a comfortable chair eating Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, while solving crosswords, sudoku, and other challenging mind games. She also enjoyed movies of all kinds from the classics to the most modern releases. Her grand nephews were pleased and amazed to hear that her favorite TV show was “The Simpsons.” Sharon had a large circle of friends, some friendships going back to elementary school (over 65 years!). These friends would meet regularly for lunches and other social events. Sharon cherished these relationships. Sharon will be dearly missed. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Susan; her nephews, Ken and David; her dear niece-in-law, Marilyn; her grandnephews, Brian and Alex; and her grandniece, Jasmine. A private memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Sharon’s favorite charities. PA I D

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Art is a jump and a joust for young painter

by Maytal Mark

Top: One of Ben Alexy’s paintings now on exhibit at Stanford Art Spaces is “The Development Of Trust: An Isolated Example Of A Promise Kept,” a 2006 acrylic on paper. Above left: Alexy’s 2011 oil painting “Heaven: The Myth And Manifestation Of Absolute Happiness.” Above right: a study for “Heaven” a 2011 acrylic on paper.

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t’s no wonder that painting feels like a sport for Ben Alexy. The young Palo Alto artist’s mastery of massive 10-foot canvases can demand some serious physical activity. “The larger it is, the more it feels like I’m engaging in something that’s really physical, like moving around and flipping the panels,” Alexy says in a recent interview in his paint-spattered San Jose studio. “I like being up and moving and working, sweating.” This larger-than-life scale supports the message behind his art. “You can create this world that you can fall into, that wraps around you like an atmosphere,” he says. “A lot of my paintings are about finding particularities about the way we are as human beings and trying to present that on a grand, monumental scale. That’s how I feel about human beings in general; just being alive can be a very heroic thing.” This spirit is evident in his paintings, like “The Joy of Life,” which depicts a man in modern clothing passionately wielding a sword against a medieval jouster. The drama of the action is upstaged only by the towering 9-foot frame of the painting.


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repairs and fittings. Motion is big not only in Alexy’s daily life but also in his artwork. “I grew up looking at skateboard magazines and that’s what you always saw, these very dramatic, still frames of something that you know is extremely dynamic and totally time- and motion-based,” he says. Part of Alexy’s narrow focus on the action of his paintings is his omission of a specific location. The backgrounds are often simple colorful backdrops, what he calls “an ethereal area” that the characters exist in. “What I’ve decided now, and it may change, is that I’m not interested so much in the physical context as the event, almost like a fable or a myth where you present this one scene that’s all about the action and not so much where it is.” When asked about his inspirations, Alexy is quick to name Joseph Mallord William Turner as well as Norman Rockwell. “I love to look at American realism and landscapes, and figurative painting,” he says. “There’s an honesty in it that you don’t find in abstract work.” Like many young artists, Alexy notes that he can’t depend on his art for financial support, which is why he has another job. Still, he continues to follow the tradition of the starving artist. “I get by,” he writes later in an email. “I make it work because without it I would be dead inside.” N

Ben Alexy’s large paintings on display at Stanford University include the flailing-horse 2007 oil on canvas “Detroit,” on the left wall, and “The Development Of Trust: An Isolated Example Of A Promise Kept,” right. What: Large paintings by Palo Alto artrecent project. utilitarian. But at the same time, he- ist Ben Alexy are on display with works His pursuit of scenes to depict licopters are incredibly fragile; one by Valerie P. Cohen and Kyungsoo Lee has taken him to some interesting thing goes wrong and it goes spin- at Stanford Art Spaces. places. For his painting “Detroit,” ning out of control,” Alexy says. Where: The art is displayed mostly in Alexy went out seeking a horse fallThe artist shares his studio in San the Paul G. Allen Building, with some ing down that he could photograph. Jose with his girlfriend, Ashley, and works in the David Packard Building He tried the steeplechase tracks in has made his space very much his and the Psychology office in Jordan south San Jose, but many owners in- own, from the paint on the floor to Hall at Stanford University. formed Alexy that their horses never the photographs that inspire his work When: Through Sept. 6, with the art fell. Eventually he found a ranch pinned on the walls. Born and raised viewable weekdays from 8:30 a.m to with horses that were all too eager in San Jose, he now lives in Palo 5 p.m. to roll in the dirt. The owner gladly Alto, his home of about four years. Cost: Free brought them out. He frequently commutes by bicycle; Info: Go to cis.stanford.edu/~marigros/ “She knew their personalities so his other job is at a bike shop doing or call 650-725-3622. well that she could tell just by how they were pacing when they were going to drop and roll, so she was NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING counting down for me,” Alexy says. “The horse would drop and I would of the City of Palo Alto drop because I wanted to get the shot Architectural Review Board (ARB) from ground level. I’d be down in the dirt taking sequence shots while the horse is flying back and forth and 8:30 A.M., Thursday, August 30, 2012, Palo Alto there’s dirt flying everywhere.” Golf Course, Excutive Room, 1875 Embarcadero “Detroit” now depicts one of Road. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton those horses as part of the Stanford exhibition. It’s an unusual image for Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Alexy. Tamale for information regarding business hours at “That’s probably the only paintAggression builds in “The Joy of Life,” a 2009 oil painting on canvas. 650.329.2144. Any interested parties may attend and ing that I’ve ever done that’s even speak to items not on the agenda, at the start of the slightly political,” he says. “The This and several more of Alexy’s Alexy chose painting. meeting during Oral Communications. horse is like horsepower, like the pieces have been chosen by Stanford “The more time I spent doing it, Art Spaces for an exhibit running the more I felt like I was finding that car industry in Detroit. It’s kind of a through Sept. 6 on campus along voice I was looking for in photogra- statement about people’s idea of their ARB Retreat Topics with watercolor, ink and mixed-me- phy,” he says. “All that training I had own home or the U.S. as a nation, as dia works by Valerie P. Cohen; and in photography really influenced an economy or as a world power. It’s I. Introduction of New Appointed Member paintings by Kyungsoo Lee. Marilyn how I come up with my composi- this really beautiful, strong, elegant II. Discussion of Meeting Procedures, Process and thing that no one really ever expects Grossman is the program’s longtime tions.” Outreach (e.g. emails & website) curator. Today, Alexy’s work is based on to collapse or fail. Even people who Originally a photography major photographs he takes himself. “I owned the horses were completely III. Discussion of El Camino Real Design Guidelines at San Jose State University, Alexy have all those photos of helicopters appalled at the idea that their horse Update and Related Efforts found painting indirectly. “I was in blowing up,” he says, pointing to a would ever not be on its feet.” IV. 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Worth a Look Theater New Works Festival

Should “The Importance of Being Earnest” have an 11 o’clock number? Does Kafka need an “I want” song? We could go on and on applying the eccentricities of musical theater to literature, but maybe we should just let the composers and lyricists do it. By the way, that’s already happening at TheatreWorks, where the 11th annual New Works Festival is in full swing; this is closing weekend at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre. As always, new plays that have been incubated at least in part at TheatreWorks are being presented in progress, in the form of staged readings and a developmental production. And there’s room for audience feedback. Two performances remain of “The Trouble With Doug,” billed as a quirky musical comedy inspired by Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” No, we didn’t make that up. Co-playwrights Will Aronson and Daniel Maté did, with Aronson penning the music and Maté writing the song lyrics. This tale of a man-turnedgastropod has reached the developmental-production stage, and will be performed tonight, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. Also on the schedule is “Being Earnest,” promoted as ... wait for it ... “A Wilde New Musical.” Based on the Oscar Wilde theatrical

classic and set in the 1960s, this new musical has book, music and lyrics by the Tony Award-nominated Paul Gordon. He wrote the book for the musical “Emma,” a hit at TheatreWorks in 2007; and the score for “Daddy Long Legs,” which played there in 2010. The “Earnest” composer is film and television composer Jay Gruska. “Being Earnest” has one more staged reading, on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. Lastly, the time-traveling musical “Triangle,” which deals with romance, a high-tech scientist, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, has its last staged reading at 8 p.m. Aug. 18. Its book is by Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore and Joshua Scher, with music by Moore and lyrics by Mizer. Tickets are $19 for readings and $25 for “The Trouble With Doug.” For details, go to theatreworks.org or call 650-463-1960.

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Litquake in Palo Alto San Francisco’s Litquake Festival is taking a trip down the Peninsula for the first time. On Aug. 26, author readings, writer panels and other activities will be held in Palo Alto at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center as part of the festival. Most events are free. The afternoon is scheduled to include more

than 35 authors sharing their writing and exper iences for adults, teens and ch i ld r e n . They includ e : Katherine Longshore, who writes historical fiction for teens; local novelist Author Katherine Longshore, Ellen Suss- author of the teen novel man; Pulit- “Gilt,” which is set in the zer Prize- court of Henry VIII, is w i n n i n g scheduled to speak at Litquake jour nalist in Palo Alto on Aug. 26. and author Matt Richtel; Palo Alto writer Keith Raffel; and novelist and short-story writer Peter Orner. Also planned are live music, outdoor readings, food and gift vendors, and a “Blues, Booze and Schmooze” event for attendees over 21 to mingle with authors. The one ticketed event is “An Evening of Jewish Humor” with Michael Krasny. The author is also the host of “Forum” on KQED radio. Admission to the 8 p.m. talk is $30 general and $25 for JCC members in advance, and $35 at the door. The other events will run from 3 to 8 p.m. The JCC is at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto. For details about Litquake, an annual San Francisco festival founded by Bay Area writers in 1999, go to litquake.org. Local information is at paloaltojcc.org/litquake.

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‘Teens on the Green’ Palo Alto’s annual Twilight Concert Series comes to a close this Saturday, Aug. 18, with “Teens on the Green,” a concert that lets young Bay Area musicians play Mitchell Park. Bands had to audition to be part of the show. Rundown Radio, a San Ramon-based rock band, will open the 6:30 p.m. concert. The musicians, four high school boys, have won Battle of the Bands events in Hayward and San Mateo. Elana Loeb, a Gunn High School senior and “Teens on the Green” veteran, will perform acoustic pop, rock and jazz tunes. On3, the youngest group to be featured in the concert series, is based in the Napa Valley and will play original alternative-pop compositions. Remi and Chloe, two Gunn juniors, form an indie-rock duo performing original work. Lastly, Minute 2 Midnight, a pop-punk band from San Ramon, will close out the show. The concert is at 600 E. Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. Admission is free, and food trucks will offer items for purchase. For more, go to cityofpaloalto.org.

Community CSMA open house

This Sunday, Aug. 19, Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts is hosting an open house to introduce youth and adults to its prolific music and arts programs. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CSMA will present several demonstrations from its digital arts, ceramics and preschoolmusic programs. The open house will also include two free workshops: “Fashion Design” and “Manga Mania,” as well as instrument, choral and music-scholar performances. CSMA staff and faculty will be available to answer questions. Meanwhile, guides will lead tours of the nonprofit school’s 25,000-square-foot facility every 20 minutes, and Hobee’s will serve refreshments. For more information, go to arts4all.org or call 650-917-6800, extension 305.

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“Going postal” takes on an entirely different meaning when there’s art involved. Kevin Mathieu has turned a U.S. Postal Service mail jeep into LEGOJeep, an interactive artwork that allows people to build their own bricky creations all over its exterior. Kids, as you might imagine, aren’t the only ones obsessed with it. Mathieu grew up in Palo Alto, and he’s bringing his LEGOJeep back to the Peninsula on Sunday, Aug. 26. The colorful toy-mobile will be at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City as part of one of the Target Family Days organized by the city. Held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event is billed as “a walkable assortment of themed family entertainment,” with free admission and nearby Broadway closed to vehicle traffic. Activities will include: cookie-decorating; facepainting with a robot theme; pie-plate art; science, engineering and animal-focused activities; a bounce house; and an inflatable slide. Kids’ musicians Andy Z & the Andy-

land Band are also scheduled to perform. For more information, go to www.redwoodcity.org/events/targetfamilydays.htm.

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ParaNorman --1/2

(Century 16, Century 20) Norman sees dead people, but he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tremble like Haley Joel Osment of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sixth Sense.â&#x20AC;? Instead, the 11-year-old greets the deceased like old friends in directors Sam Fell and Chris Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stop-motion animated comedy. Although lovingly crafted by the Oregon-based LAIKA animation studio, which also coproduced the edgy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coralineâ&#x20AC;? in 2009, this gothic tale may be a nightmare for the PG crowd. Communicating with ghosts, be they a kindly grandmother or a road-kill squirrel, is one thing. Wrestling with a corpse to pry a book from its dead hands raises the disturbing factor to another level. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much to applaud in the charming first act that develops the main characters and establishes the small-township setting of Blithe Hollow with such incredible detail. Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi SmitMcPhee of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Me Inâ&#x20AC;?) is a sensitive soul, branded as the local freak and bullied at middle school. His bedroom is bedecked with zombie posters and all things ghoulish. A sympathetic protagonist, Norman just wants others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including his parents (Leslie Mann and Jeff Garlin) and sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to listen and try to understand him. His classmate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fattyâ&#x20AC;? Neil (Tucker Albrizzi) is a sweet-natured scene stealer, toting a kitten-adorned lunchbox and tossing off funny lines. The school bully (Christopher MintzPlasse) relentlessly picks on both boys. Aa rdma n vetera n Fell (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flushed Awayâ&#x20AC;?) and first-time screenwriter Butler (storyboard supervisor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coralineâ&#x20AC;?) excel at creating a delightful character piece, teeming with wit and atmosphere. Then the family outcast (John Goodman) tells Norman that only he can protect the

New England community from the witchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curse of town folklore. The young boy must race against the clock to stop the impending doom. But once the plot unleashes the walking dead, the brain of the screenplay seems half-eaten by zombies. The story spins into a protracted and all-too-familiar chase scene. Drawing parallels between the 18th-century witchhunts and the bullying of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;freaks,â&#x20AC;? the message becomes murky. The notion that fear breeds bullying, as well as mob violence, seems simplistic and clouds the real theme of forgiveness. Viewers older than the PG-rated crowd will enjoy the arresting visuals and how â&#x20AC;&#x153;ParaNormanâ&#x20AC;? turns stereotypes upside down. The dumb-blonde cheerleader (Kendrick) and hunky jock (Casey Affleck) prove that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t judge anyone based on appearances. Too bad that morbid subject matter might keep the targeted age group from seeing this movie and that the slight story might produce yawns among everyone else. Wonderful stop-motion and immersive 3-D techniques canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop a misconceived concept from running amok like Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monster. Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, rude humor and language. 1 hour, 36 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Susan Tavernetti

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(Century 16) Till now, the premier divorce comedies have been to some degree mean-spirited, from â&#x20AC;&#x153;His Girl Fridayâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;War of the Roses.â&#x20AC;? But screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have devised a kinder, gentler divorce comedy in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celeste and Jesse Forever.â&#x20AC;? A â&#x20AC;&#x153;rom comâ&#x20AC;? that plays off of

or squirms out of the clichĂŠs, the film stars Jones (TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parks and Recreationâ&#x20AC;?) and Andy Samberg (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Liveâ&#x20AC;?) as the title characters, high school sweethearts who got married but eventually hit a wall. (Celesteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sticking points: Jesseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of a checking account, dress shoes, a car and career motivation.) Now six months separated and heading for a divorce, their relationship is, ironically, stronger than ever â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as inseparable best friends. But unresolved romantic feelings have lingered, consciously for Jesse and perhaps unconsciously for Celeste. As the two explore dating outside of their marriage (and troubleshoot their biological imperatives), the stakes rise, and Jesseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eventual declaration that he hopes for reconciliation begins a slow-boiling crisis for Celeste. Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commitment to portraying Celeste at least as much for her flaws as her strengths makes the character more likeable. Celesteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career as a trend forecaster rewards her for being judgmental and cultivates her delusional sense of always being right. As she becomes increasingly manic over her romantic indecision, she drinks to excess, Facebook creeps, and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a supreme moment of stalkerish embarrassment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; trashcan-dives in Jesseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveway. And yet that need to be right finds the pot calling the kettle black. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just lost,â&#x20AC;? Celeste concludes of Jesse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going about everything so wrong!â&#x20AC;? While the film is pretty enough in an urban-indie way, director Lee Toland Krieger allows the picture to go slack. Even at a slim 91 minutes, the picture feels padded with too much material thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dead on arrival, like a manufactured work crisis involving a pop starlet (Emma Roberts) or any scene featuring Elijah Wood as Celesteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-conscious work buddy (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry, I was trying to be your saucy gay friendâ&#x20AC;?). The picture fares slightly better by accumulating satirical details of the L.A. scene, outwardly concerned with fitness (yoga, pilates, vegan restaurants) but also prone to alcoholic binges and stoned couch-potato crashing. Samberg decently holds up his end of the hipster duet, and McCormack puts in a nice supporting turn as a friend of Jesseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jones who easily walks off with the movie, flimsy though it may be.

The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: The Bourne Legacy -(Century 16, Century 20) Meet the new Bourne, same as the old Bourne. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the impression left by â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bourne Legacy,â&#x20AC;? a would-be franchise refresher in which Jeremy Renner grabs the baton from Matt Damon. Everything in this film youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen before, whether it be recycled from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bourneâ&#x20AC;? trilogy or even Joe Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hanna,â&#x20AC;? fer gosh sakes. What is this movie about? A chemically enhanced super soldier (Renner) discovers his masters have turned on him. Cross tracks down Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), the only surviving doctor who used to maintain him; now she too has been targeted. Renner and Weisz are as solid as one might respectively expect, but the film doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make us care much about them, or say anything more pointed about the state of American covert affairs than â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are morally indefensible and absolutely necessary.â&#x20AC;? Instead, the film expends acres of talk on military doublespeak and technobabble. As Scott Glennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CIA director confesses early on, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve kind of lost my perspective on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible.â&#x20AC;? Just remember, kids, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not paranoid if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really out to get you ... or your movie dollars. Rated PG-13 for violence and action. Two hours, 15 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed, Aug. 10, 2012)

Hope Springs --(Century 16, Century 20) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want a real marriage again.â&#x20AC;? With those words in the dramedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope Springs,â&#x20AC;? Meryl Streepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housewife throws the gauntlet before her husband of 31 years, played by Tommy Lee Jones. Streepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kay Soames ropes her husband Arnold into a weeklong program run by â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Can Have the Marriage You Wantâ&#x20AC;? author Dr. Bernard Feld (Steve Carell). The master class in acting put on by Streep and the particularly pitch-perfect Jones is the big draw here. While Carell, like his character, expertly facilitates, the leads put themselves under the microscope, finding fascinating rhythms in their give-and-takes, and speaking volumes with body language. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope Springsâ&#x20AC;? turns out to be a different kind of mainstream

The Campaign --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis bring their boundarypushing comedic sensibilities to the world of politics with this uneven chuckler. The strong cast and topical plot help make for a hilarious first hour. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Campaignâ&#x20AC;? eventually fizzles beneath a spattering of raunchy humor that often misses the mark. Ferrell plays North Carolina-based U.S. Rep. Cam Brady as sort of an amalgam of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Brady has long run unopposed in his district and again looks destined for re-election despite an episode of infidelity. The greedy tycoon Motch brothers (Lithgow and Aykroyd) are eager to supplant Brady with a candidate who will support their agenda, and turn to the oblivious and awkward Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), the son of a wealthy businessman. The filmmakers do well in not pandering to one particular

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side of the political spectrum. In fact, part of the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flair comes in avoiding actual politics (when an intern brings up a real political issue, Brady kicks him out of the campaign headquarters). Where the film falters is in its script. Winning scenes trade time with squirm-inducing moments. There is some smart social commentary tucked in, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to take seriously given the pictureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crude undertones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Campaignâ&#x20AC;? shows a great deal of promise and is a worthwhile viewing for Ferrell and Galifianakis fans. But, not unlike some politicians, it proves unable to live up to its own potential. Rated R for language, sexual content and brief nudity. One hour, 25 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. (Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012)

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movie, wielding star power to turn a giant, unsparing mirror on its target audience: in this case, baby boomers in stale marriages. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a riveting intensity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a sense of privilege â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the way the movie takes us into squirmy private moments and focuses nearly every scene on the sometimes funny, more often sad dynamic between the two lead characters.A handful of comic flourishes lean toward jokiness at odds with the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greater scheme, of dramatic cultivated awkwardness between two people facing hard truths. Also, one might well wish for a chink in the armor of Carellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too-perfect shrink. But the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s countercultural com-

mitment to character and performance is enough to give â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopeâ&#x20AC;? a try. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality. One hour, 40 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012) The Intouchables -(Aquarius) In â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Intouchables,â&#x20AC;? a rich, stuffy, white man exposes a poor black man to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;finer thingsâ&#x20AC;? in life; in turn, the black man teaches the white man how to loosen up and love. No need to check your watch. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still 2012. With its brash humor and emotional generosity, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Intouchablesâ&#x20AC;? has crowd-pleaser written all over it, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no mistaking the queasy racial implications. Francois Cluzet (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell No Oneâ&#x20AC;?) plays Phillippe, a quadriplegic millionaire who unex-

pectedly plucks Senegalese immigrant Driss (Omar Sy) out of the Parisian ghetto to be a live-in home-care provider. Phillippe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also a closet adventurer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; appreciates Drissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; irreverent insistence on prodding his boss out of his discomfort zone and into his need for speed and romance. Wildly popular in its native France, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Intouchablesâ&#x20AC;? applies strict formula to a reassuring story about improving oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life by embracing new people and experiences. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cinematic warm fuzzy if ever there was one, and the performances by Cluzet and Sy prove highly appealing. But in America, where we invented this formula, audiences are likely to find it discomfitingly retrograde. Rated R for language and some drug use. One hour, 52 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed July 13, 2012)

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The Awakening (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:15 a.m.; 1:50 & 4:35 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 7:50 & 10:40 p.m.; Sun. also at 7:35 & 10:20 p.m.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;A SENSATION! AN EXTRAORDINARY MYSTERY.â&#x20AC;? -ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) (((( Guild Theatre: 1, 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) (( Century 16: 11 a.m.; noon, 2, 3:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 7:20 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun. also at 7 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.; 1:15, 2:10, 4:20, 5:15, 6:20, 7:25, 8:25, 9:30 & 10:30 p.m. Brave (PG) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:35 & 4:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m. & 1:55 p.m. The Campaign (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 1:50, 2:50, 4:40, 7:20, 8:20 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:35, 1:45, 3, 4:30, 5:35, 7:05, 8:10, 9:40 & 10:40 p.m. Celeste and Jesse Forever (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 2:20 & 4:50 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 7:40 & 10:10 p.m.; Sun. also at 7:25 & 9:45 p.m. The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) (((( Century 16: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 7 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun. also at 6:40 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:55, 4:40 & 8:30 p.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) (( Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 4:30 & 6:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m.; 1:20, 3:45, 6:15 & 8:40 p.m. The Expendables 2 (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; noon, 1:30, 2:30, 4:10, 5:10 & 7:10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 8:10, 10:05 & 10:50 p.m.; Sun. also at 8:30 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:35, 1:50, 3:05, 4:25, 5:35, 7, 8:10, 9:35 & 10:45 p.m.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Tue. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 3:05 p.m. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:40, 4:10, 7 & 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; 12:15, 1:35, 2:50, 4:05, 5:20, 6:35, 7:50, 9:05 & 10:20 p.m. ParaNorman (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: 11 a.m.; 4:15 & 9:30 p.m.; In 3D at 1:40 & 7 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:35, 4, 6:55 & 9:20 p.m.; In 3D at 12:10, 2:30, 4:55, 7:55 & 10:15 p.m. The Philadelphia Story (1940) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Tue. at 5:25 & 9:50 p.m. Ruby Sparks (R) (((1/2 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:55 p.m.

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Searching for Sugar Man (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 4:30, 7 & 9:15 p.m.

Singinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the Rain (1952) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) p.m.

Century 16: Wed. at 2 & 7 p.m. Century 20: Wed. at 2 & 7

Sparkle (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:55, 4:40, 7:35 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 12:50, 2:15, 3:40, 5, 6:25, 7:45, 9:15 & 10:30 p.m. Step Up: Revolution (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 10:20 p.m. To Rome With Love (R) (( Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m. Total Recall (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:45, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:25 p.m.; Sun. also at 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re No Angels (1955) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m. The Wind (1928) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m.

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Sports Shorts STANFORD FOOTBALL ON THE RUN . . . Stanford has established four of the school’s top five singleseason rushing marks each of the last four seasons. Last year’s final total of 2,738 yards ranks third on the all-time single-season list, slightly behind the school-record mark of 2,837 compiled by the 2009 squad and the 2,779 yards amassed by the 2010 Orange Bowl team.

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With two of its top three rushers returning from a year ago, including Doak Walker Award candidate Stepfan Taylor, along with a young stable of hungry backs looking to take on larger roles, Stanford will again rely on a power running game to key an offense that has set school-scoring records each of the last three seasons. “We believe we will impose our will on everybody we play,” said running backs coach Mike Sanford. “Every defense has its breaking point and we’re looking to move past that breaking point.” Head coach David Shaw calls Taylor “the most underrated back in college football” - and for good reason. Operating in the huge shadows cast by Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck, Taylor has quietly rushed for 2,770 yards and 27 touchdowns over the last three seasons. Taylor enters his final campaign needing 1,263 more to tie Darrin Nelson’s all-time school rushing record while his 27 career rushing touchdowns currently rank third in Stanford’s career annals. He is one of six Stanford backs to record a 1,000-yard season and just the third back to register back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, joining Nelson (1977-78) and Gerhart (2008-09). BEARS ON THE LOOSE . . . The Menlo-Atherton High football team spent its annual Community Service Work Day painting the town of East Palo Alto. The Bears also did a lot of landscaping, trash removal and graffiti removal. The Bears joined forces with parents and coaches for the project and was supported by the Music & Arts Project (MMAP), the East Palo Alto Police Department, Police Activities League (PAL), and Home Depot. Several groups were formed and spread throughout the city to do their good deeds. HE MAKES THE CUT . . . Stanford sophomore Patrick Rodgers advanced to match play at the U.S. Amateur in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Rodgers shot a 2-under 68 at CommonGround Golf Course on Tuesday for an evenpar 141. Cardinal senior Steve Kearney did not make the cut after his 4-over 75.

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Hunter Gorskie (left), Alina Garciamendez and Adam Jahn are all senior leaders for their respective Stanford soccer teams. Garciamendez has been to the championship match. Gorskie and Jahn have come close. They all think better things are ahead.

Goal is outscoring Stanford women the opponent aim to stay on top Cardinal men determined to turn offensive this season By Rick Eymer ix of the nine players who recorded a goal last season return for the Jeremy Gunn era. That’s the good news. Those six players combined for a grand total of 12 goals, led by seniors Adam Jahn, who had four, and Dersu Abolfathi, who added three. Expect a big difference this year under the reigning National Coach of the Year, who came over from Charlotte. “The players have shown great enthusiasm and have made a lot of progress in the six months I have been here,” Gunn said. “Sometimes when you bring in new ideas there could be problems. I am excited for the season because I see the quality of players, I see the areas where we need to improve and I see the opportunity for success.” The four seniors -- Jahn, Abolfathi, Hunter Gorskie, Eric Anderson -- have been to the NCAA tournament at Stanford. The group reached the Sweet Sixteen as freshmen before losing to eventual champion Akron. Gunn knows exactly what it is like to come so close. He coached the 49ers into the NCAA title match last season, where they lost to North

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Carolina. “When I was a freshman it actually seemed so easy to get the postseason,” Gorskie said. “The following year we started sliding and I started realizing that even the little things that break down can have a major impact. We do have to take care of things, believe in something and understand team matters.” Jahn entered Stanford as one of the most polished soccer players in the country and highly-touted as a game-changer. He’s been at the top and the bottom and knows it takes more than one or two players to make a team. “We got to the round of 16 and I thought that was normal,” Jahn said. “The past two years have not been as fun.” Defense has traditionally been Stanford’s forte and it was no different last year despite an overall 6-10-2 season. The Cardinal allowed less than two goals a match and were on the rise (5-3-2 in Pac-12 play) when the season ended. That’s something to build upon. “One of the most important things is to buy into the program,” Gorskie said. “We’ve done that. It starts (continued on page 34)

Seven returning starters give the Cardinal a chance to repeat as national champs By Rick Eymer very year the Stanford women’s soccer team loses an AllAmerican here, a national Player of the Year there, and yet every year they manage to continue an amazing run of success. It’s no different this time around, as the Cardinal lost three All-Americans, including one Player of the Year, and a member of the all-College Cup tournament team. Those seniors helped Stanford to a 95-4-4 mark during their careers, including three consecutive years in the championship match of the NCAA tournament. No one is ready to start feeling sorry for Stanford just yet. The defending national champions enter the season ranked first in the nation, haven’t lost at home since a 2007 NCAA tournament setback to Connecticut, in which two-time Olympic gold medalist Rachel Buehler played her final game in a Cardinal uniform and who have recorded three straight unbeaten seasons. “We’ve always set our standards high,” Cardinal junior midfielder Taylor McCann said. “We have been practicing with some of the greatest players in the country and they are always pushing themselves to be

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better. When it comes time, we have other players who can step in.” Stanford pulls the curtain on the season with a home match against nationally-ranked Santa Clara at 7 pm Friday with a noticeably different lineup, but one that will include Player of the Year candidate Alina Garciamendez along with All-American candidates Mariah Nogueira and Rachel Quon. Overall, the Cardinal (25-0-1 last year) have seven returning starters, though coach Paul Ratcliffe will be without the services of injured goalkeeper Emily Oliver and forward Chioma Ubogagu, who is currently engaged with the United States U20 national team and will miss the first six games. Senior Marjani Hing-Glover could also be limited with a knee problem. Returning forward Courtney Verloo has been hampered by injury the past two years and will still need time to round into shape. None of that, however, dampens the spirits of a team that finally landed a national championship in the sport of soccer following so many close encounters of the trophy kind. (continued on page 34)

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Stanford at the Olympics

The U.S. Olympic gold medal women’s soccer team jumps for joy while showing off their medals.

Maggie Steffens, who will be a freshman at Stanford in a month or so, led the U.S. Olympic women’s water polo team to the gold medal.

Stanford’s four-time All-American Foluke Akinradewo helped the American women earn a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Stanford grad Elle Logan (wearing her medal) helps celebrate her Olympic win in women’s eight by throwing team leader Mary Whipple into the river.

Stanford grad Kerri Walsh gets emotional after earning her third consecutive gold medal in Olympic beach volleyball.

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Sports Women’s beach volleyball

SILVER: Britain (Laura Robson, Andy Murray). BRONZE: United States (Lisa Raymond, Mike Bryan).

GOLD: United States (Kerri Walsh, Misty-May Treanor) SILVER: United States.

Men’s track and field

B Men’s diving 3-meter synchronized springboard GOLD: China. SILVER: Russia. BRONZE: United States

Women’s diving 3-meter springboard SEVENTH: Cassidy Krug (USA/Stanford)

Equestrian Individual eventing GOLD: Germany SILVER: Sweden BRONZE: Germany 41ST: Nina Ligon (Thailand/Stanford)

Men’s fencing Foil GOLD: Italy SILVER: Japan BRONZE: Germany FOURTH: United States (Alexander Massialas)

Women’s gymnastics Team GOLD: United States. SILVER: Russia. BRONZE: Romania FIFTH: Canada (Kristina Vaculik)

Men’s rowing Eights GOLD: Germany SILVER: Canada BRONZE: Great Britain FOURTH: United States (David Banks, Jake Cornelius) Quadruple sculls REPECHAGES: United States (Alex Osborne) Pair EIGHTH: United States (B Silas Stafford)

Women’s rowing Eights GOLD: United States (Elle Logan) SILVER: Canada BRONZE: Netherlands

Men’s soccer GOLD: Mexico. SILVER: Brazil BRONZE: Korea PRELIM: New Zealand (Ryan Nelsen)

Women’s soccer GOLD: United States (Kelley O’Hara, Rachel Buehler, Nicole Barnhardt, Christen Press (alt.)) SILVER: Japan. BRONZE: Canada. QUARTERFINAL: New Zealand (Ali Riley)

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Men’s swimming 200 IM SEMIFINAL: Markus Rogan (Austria/Stanford) 50 free PRELIM: David Dunford (Kenya/Stanford) 100 free PRELIM: David Dunford (Kenya/Stanford) 100 fly SEMIFINAL: Jason Dunford (Kenya/Stanford) 200 back SEMIFINAL: Tobias Oriwol (Canada/Stanford) 800 free relay PRELIM: Canada (Tobias Oriwol)

Synchronized swimming Duet GOLD: Russia (Natalia Ishchenko, Svetlana Romashina). SILVER: Spain (Ona Carbonell Ballestero, Andrea Fuentes Fache). BRONZE: China (Huang Xuechen, Liu Ou). 11TH: United States (Maria Koroleva)

Marathon DNF: Ryan Hall (USA/Stanford) 400 hurdles SEMIFINAL: Amaechi Morton (Nigeria/Stanford)

Women’s track and field Shot put 15TH: Jillian CamarenaWilliams (USA/Stanford) Pole vault 24TH: Katerina Stefanidi (Greece/Stanford) Long jump 12TH: Aranxta King (Bermuda/Stanford) 1,600 relay FINALIST: Nigeria (Idara Otu)

Women’s volleyball GOLD: Brazil. SILVER: United States (Danielle Scott-Arruda, Tayyiba HaneefPark, Lindsey Berg, Tamari Miyashiro, Nicole Davis, Jordan Larson, Megan Hodge, Christa Harmotto, Logan Tom, Foluke Akinradewo, Courtney Thompson, Destinee Hooker). BRONZE: Japan.

Women’s Table tennis Singles GOLD: Li Xiaoxia, China. SILVER: Ding Ning, China. BRONZE: Tianwei Feng, Singapore. PRELIM: Lily Zhang (USA/Palo Alto High)

Men’s Tennis Doubles GOLD: United States (Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan). SILVER: France. BRONZE: France 2.

Women’s tennis Singles GOLD: Serena William, USA SILVER: Maria Sharapova, Russia BRONZE: Victoria Azarenka Doubles GOLD: United States 2 (Serena Williams, Venus Williams). SILVER: Czech Republic 2. BRONZE: Russia 2. Mixed Doubles GOLD: Belarus (Victoria Azarenka, Max Mirnyi).

American and Russian athletes march side by side during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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The Olympic spirit rises out of the Olympic flame as closing ceremonies gave fans and athletes something to remember.

Men’s Water polo GOLD: Croatia. SILVER: Italy. BRONZE: Serbia. EIGHTH: United States (Tony Azevedo, Layne Beaubien, Peter Hudnut, Peter Varellas)

Women’s water polo GOLD: United States (Betsey Armstrong, Heather Petri, Melissa Seidemann, Brenda Villa, Lauren Wenger, Maggie Steffens, Courtney Mathewson, Jessica Steffens, Elsie Windes, Kelly Rulon, Annika Dries, Kami Craig, Tumua Anae). SILVER: Spain. BRONZE: Australia.

Men’s wrestling 74Kg GOLD: Jordan Burroughs (USA) SILVER: Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi, Iran. BRONZE: Denis Tsargush, Russia. BRONZE: Soslan Tigiev, Uzbekistan. FIFTH: Matt Gentry (Canada/Stanford)

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Gentry got his chance to medal Stanford grad wrestled for team Canada tanford grad Matt Gentry wrestled within a few points of an Olympic medal Friday in the 74-kg freestyle competition at the 2012 London Games. Gentry, who has an NCAA title to his name and has coached at Stanford, settled for a fifth-place tie in his division as a competitor for Canada. He wa s knocked out of gold medal contention by the eventual gold medalist, American Jordan Burroughs, in the Matt Genry quarterfinal. Gentry eventually met Russia’s Denis Tsargush for a bout to determine the bronze medal. Tsargush won the match, 1-0, 2-0. Gentry, who lost his only Olympic match four years ago in Beijing, recorded his first Olympic win early Friday morning with a 3-0, 1-1 victory over India’s Narsingh Yadav. After losing to Burroughs, Gentry and Puerto Rico’s Francisco Tanco Soler, advanced into the bronze medal repechage when Burroughs defeated Tsargush. N

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Senior defender Rachel Quon hopes to help Stanford defend its national title.

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Senior Dersu Abolfathi is one of Stanford’s top returning scorer.

Men’s soccer (continued from page 31)

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with a strong, disciplined defensive mindset and attacking from there.” The idea is to get Jahn the ball as often as possible. The more the forward has it, the better the defense is playing. There are also just four juniors, giving the Cardinal a youthful presence. Goalie Drew Hutchins may be the key defensively while JJ Koval will add offensive depth. Goalie Jason Dodson and defender defender Tyler Conklin will also be counted upon. Matt Taylor, the younger brother of women’s soccer star Lindsay, leads a deep group of 10 sophomores and seven freshmen. “We played some tremendous soccer in the spring,” Gunn said. “The style of play is definitely different but good soccer players are guys who want to be winners. Adam is one of the best forwards I’ve seen.” Other sophomores include Simon Basilico, Zach Batteer, Jimmy Callinan, Bobby Edwards, Grant Grafentin, Preston Langholz, Austin Meyer, Felipe Noguerol and Jack Ryan. “We have been talking about a rock solid, structured defense that leads to an aggressiv, attacking

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team,” Gunn said. “The key is to get to that balance.” Menlo-Atherton grad Aaron Oro is one of the newcomers and can help anywhere on the field. Other freshmen include Adrian Alabi, Eric Fabre, Aaron Kovar, Ty Thompson and Brandon Vincent. “We’re trying to create a specific culture of accountability,” Gorskie said. “The team is taking strides toward that attitude by taking care of things on the field and off the field.” N

’12 MEN’S SOCCER Date Sat. Aug. 25 Aug. 31 Sept. 2 Sept. 7 Sept. 12 Sept. 16 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Sept. 30 Oct. 4 Oct. 12 Oct. 14 Oct. 18 Oct. 21 Oct. 26 Nov. 1 Nov. 3 Nov. 9

Opponent Time vs. St. Mary’s (Exh.) 7 pm at USF 7 pm at Charleston Coll. 4:30 pm vs. Furman at Charleston 9 am at UC Irvine 7 pm vs. San Jose St. 7 pm vs. Santa Clara 7 pm vs. LMU 4 pm vs. UCLA 4 pm vs. San Diego State 2:30 pm vs. California 7 pm at Oregon St. 7 pm at Washington noon vs. Oregon St. 5 pm vs. Washington 3 pm at UC Santa Barbara 7 pm at UCLA 7 pm at San Diego State 7 pm at California 2 pm

Gone are last year’s Player of the Year Teresa Noyola, All-Americans Lindsay Taylor and Camille Levin and College Cup all-tournament pick Kristy Zurmuhlen. Ready to assume the legacy are returning starters Sydney Payne and Kendall Romine and a strong fivemember freshmen class. “St a n ford attracts amaz- Natalie Griffin ing studentathletes,” said Ratcliffe, who is entering his 10th season at the school. “You just keep getting great freshmen with a work ethic that is always strong. There is a tradition here of bringing in new talent who keep gets better.” Ratcliffe also has a history of identifying freshman talent and getting them into the lineup at key positions. With the experience of a national championship in their collective pockets, the Cardinal will bring a little bit more swagger to the field this season. Look for ju- Mariah Nogueira niors Shelby Payne, McCann and Annie Case to make significantly more contributions this season. Seniors Lindsay Dickerson, who will probably get most of the playing time while Oliver recovers, Nina Watkins and Madeline Thompson have plenty of experience from which to draw. Aly Gleason is another option. “We lost four great players,” said Garciamendez, who played with Noyola on the Mexican national team the past year. “But in filling

those gaps, I think we have the personnel to match that.” No kidding. Sophomore Alex Doll could also be ready to emerge. She appeared in 23 of the 26 matches and recorded an assist. Aside from Ubogagu and Doll, the sophomore class hasn’t had the chance to display their skills. Haley Rosen missed the season and Hannah Farr was limited to six games because of injury. Lauren Schmidt and Lo’eau LaBonta were similarly limited. “There’s a lot of talent,” Ratcliffe said. “There’s an opportunity for players to step up and make an impact.” He says all five freshmen -- Kate Bettinger, Laura Liedle, Maya Theuer, Katie Donahue, Sarah Cox -- have a chance to break into the lineup. “With a new year we have a lot to prove,” Ratcliffe said. “We had an amazing experience and now we move on. There will be some growing pains but we have good depth.” Thanks to the newly-formed Pac12 Network, 13 Stanford games will be broadcast, including Friday night’s first ever Pac-12 broadcast. “It makes us more visible and will help recruiting a lot,” Ratcliffe said. “Yes, it will also help scouting each other.” N

’12 WOMEN’S SOCCER Date Friday Aug. 24 Aug. 26 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 9 Sept. 14 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 27 Sept. 30 Oct. 5 Oct. 7 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 21 Oct. 26 Oct. 28 Nov. 4

Opponent Time vs. Santa Clara 7 pm at Penn St. 4:30 pm vs. W. Virginia at PSU 9 am vs. Boston Coll. 4 pm vs. Boston Univ. 7 pm vs. Georgetown noon vs. SD State at SCU 5 pm vs. UNC-Greens. at SCU 11 am vs. Arizona State 2 pm vs. Oregon State 6 pm vs. Oregon noon at Utah noon at Colorado noon at Arizona 7 pm vs. Washington St. 7:30 pm vs. Washington 5:30 pm at USC 7 pm at UCLA 7 pm at California 11 am


Weekly readers cheer the champions of dining, retail and more

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he Palo Alto area plays host to a league of popular eateries, retailers, service businesses and outlets for entertainment. Which local restaurants, shops and community favorites make Weekly readers do back flips and touchdown dances? It’s all here in this year’s Best Of issue. From where to find the best breakfast or top Thai food to whom to call for dental needs or home furnishings,

readers voted on what local establishments vault over the competition and score with patrons. Some businesses — the Joe Montanas, Willie McCoveys and Chris Mullins of the community, if you will — are Hall of Famers; they’ve won their categories five years in a row. Some are more like Rookies of the Year, welcome new additions to the local scene. Flex your literary muscles and read on! ■

Best of Palo Alto’s roster of contributors Editor: Tyler Hanley Writers: Carol Blitzer, Helen Carefoot, Sue Dremann, Tyler Hanley, Chris Kenrick, Maytal Mark, Dean McArdle, Gennady Sheyner, Lauren-Marie Sliter, Eric Van Susteren, Rebecca Wallace Publicity & Logistics: Margaret Kadifa, Rachel Palmer

Photographers: Sierra Duren, Kimihiro Hoshino, Michelle Le, Daniella Sanchez, Veronica Weber Section Design: Paul Llewellyn Designers: Linda Atilano, Lili Cao, Shannon Corey, Diane Haas, Rosanna Leung, Paul Llewellyn, Scott Peterson

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and its team netted a win for Best Gym.

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Food & Drink

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Bagels: House of Bagels, 526 University Ave., Palo Alto Hall of Fame: Third Year: Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, 477 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Bakery/Desserts: The Prolific Oven, 550 Waverley St., Palo Alto Breakfast: Joanie’s Cafe, 405 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Burger: Kirk’s Steakburgers, 855 El Camino Real, Suite 75, Palo Alto Hall of Fame: First Year: The Counter, 369 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Burrito: Chipotle, 2675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Salad: Sprout Cafe, 168 University Ave., Palo Alto

Meal Under $20: Sprout Cafe, 168 University Ave., Palo Alto

Seafood: The Fish Market, 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Mediterranean Restaurant: Mediterranean Wraps, 425 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; and 209 University Ave., Palo Alto

Steak: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Evvia Estiatorio, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto

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Auto Care: Dave’s Auto Repair, 830 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto

Takeout: Su Hong, 4256 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Palo Alto Sol, 408 California Ave., Palo Alto

Chiropractors: Health Logic, 633 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park

Yogurt: Fraîche, 200 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

New Restaurant: LYFE Kitchen, 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Day Spa: Watercourse Way, 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto

LANE 2

Outdoor Dining (tie): Cafe Borrone and Caffe Riace, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (Café Borrone); and 200 Sheridan Ave., Palo Alto (Caffe Riace)

Dentist: Palo Alto Dental Group, 511 Byron St., Palo Alto

Restaurants

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Deli/Sandwiches: The Village Cheese House, 157 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Evvia Estiatorio, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Evvia Estiatorio, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Gelato/Ice Cream: Gelato Classico, 435 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Bar/Lounge: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Rick’s Ice Cream, 3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

California Cuisine: St. Michael’s Alley, 140 Homer Ave., Palo Alto

Romantic Restaurant: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Milkshake: Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store & Grill, 900 High St., Palo Alto

Services

Mexican Restaurant: Reposado, 236 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Restaurant to Splurge: Tamarine, 546 University Ave., Palo Alto

Happy Hour: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

LANE 3

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Sundance the Steakhouse, 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Ambiance: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s, 140 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Wine Bar: The Wine Room, 520 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Chinese Restaurant: Chef Chu’s, 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos Coffee House: Coupa Café, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto Dining With Kids: Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store & Grill, 900 High St., Palo Alto Hall of Fame: Third Year: Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill, 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto; and 2A Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: St. Michael’s Alley, 140 Homer Ave., Palo Alto

Dry Cleaner: AJ’s Cleaners, 3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Hall of Fame: Third Year: Charleston Cleaners, 3900 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Fitness Classes: Uforia Studios, 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto Frame Shop: University Art, 267 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto Gym: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Solo Dining: Coupa Café, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Hair Salon: Hair International, 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Hotel: Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto

Sports Bar: The Dutch Goose, 3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park

Manicure/Pedicure: Lavande Nail Spa, 240 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: The Old Pro, 541 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Massage: Massage Therapy Center, 368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Hall of Fame: Third Year: Watercourse Way, 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill, 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto; and 2A Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

French Restaurant: Cafe Brioche, 445 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Sunday Brunch: St. Michael’s Alley, 806 Emerson St., Palo Alto

New Food/Drink Establishment: Philz Coffee, 101 Forest Ave., Palo Alto

Fusion Restaurant: Tamarine, 546 University Ave., Palo Alto

Sushi/Japanese Restaurant: Fuki Sushi, 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Pizza: Patxi’s Chicago Pizza, 441 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Indian Restaurant: Darbar, 129 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto

Thai Restaurant: Rice Thai Cuisine, 3924 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Applewood Pizza, 1001 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Italian Restaurant: Il Fornaio, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Thaiphoon, 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: Hair International, 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Latin American Cuisine: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Vegetarian/Vegan Cuisine: Calafia Cafe & Market A Go Go, 130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

New Service Business: Elite Med Spa, 95 Town & Country Village (located at LaBelle), Palo Alto

Produce: Sigona’s Farmers Market, 399 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

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usinesses that win their categories five years in a row sprint straight to the finish line and get to be in the “Hall of Fame” for three years without having to gather votes. Current businesses now in their third HoF year are Adobe Animal Hospital (veterinarian), Applewood Pizza (pizza), Café Borrone (solo dining), Charleston Cleaners (dry cleaner), Evvia Estiatorio (restaurant to splurge), Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels (bagels), Michaela’s Flower Shop (florist), Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill (place to dine with kids), Palo Alto Sol (Mexican restaurant), REI (sporting goods and apparel), Rick’s Ice Cream (ice cream), St. Michael’s Alley (romantic restaurant) and Watercourse Way (massage).

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Personal Trainers: NoXcuses Fitness, 2741 Middlefield Road, #102, Palo Alto Plumber: Palo Alto Plumbing, Heating & Air/Dahl Plumbing, 716 San Antonio Road, Unit F, Palo Alto

Alisi Kaihau, The Old Pro

Pamela Decharo, Hair International

Will Turpin, Palo Alto Hardware

Dave Batista, Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill

Galen Fletcher, Sundance the Steakhouse

Israel Rind, Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels

Shoe Repair: Midtown Shoe Repair, 2796 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Skin Care: Destino Spa, 4335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Hall of Fame: First Year: SkinSpirit, 701 Emerson St., Palo Alto Travel Agency: AAA, 430 Forest Ave., Palo Alto Value Hotel/Motel: Creekside Inn, 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Veterinarian: Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, 1125 Merrill St., Menlo Park Hall of Fame: Third Year: Adobe Animal Hospital, 4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos Yoga: YogaSource, 158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto Hall of Fame: Second Year: Darshana Yoga, formerly at 654 High St., Palo Alto (now closed)

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Florist: Nature’s Alley, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Hall of Fame: Third Year: Michaela’s Flower Shop, 453 Waverley St., Palo Alto Gift/Novelty Shop: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto Green Business: REI, 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View Hall of Fame: First Year: Palo Alto Hardware, 875 Alma St., Palo Alto Hardware Store: Palo Alto Hardware, 875 Alma St., Palo Alto

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Beauty Supply: Peninsula Beauty Supply, 250 University Ave., Palo Alto

Home Furnishings and Décor: IKEA, 1700 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto

Bike Shop: Mike’s Bikes, 3001 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Jewelry Store: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto

Bookstore: Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Men’s Apparel: Macy’s Men’s Store, 300 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Boutique: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: Nordstrom, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Eyewear: Lux Eyewear, 1805 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

New Retail Business: Apricot Lane Boutique, 315 Main St., Los Altos

Jenny and Mike Sabina, St. Michael’s Alley

Summer Holmstrand-Irmiter, Dr. Brian Maxwell and Sugaree, Adobe Animal Hospital

Attila Varsanyi, Applewood Pizza

Nursery/Garden Supply: SummerWinds, 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto and 805 Yuba Drive, Mountain View

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Pet Store: Pet Food Express, 3910 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Art Gallery: Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford

Pharmacy: CVS, 2701 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; and 352 University Ave., Palo Alto

Nightlife: Nola, 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: Walgreens, 300 University Ave., Palo Alto Shoe Store: Nordstrom, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto Sporting Goods and Apparel: Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World, 526 Waverley St., Palo Alto Hall of Fame: Third Year: REI, 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View Stationery Store: Village Stationers, 310 California Ave., Palo Alto; and 719 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park Toy Store: Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World, 526 Waverley St., Palo Alto Women’s Apparel: Nordstrom, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

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Palo Alto Park: Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto Place for a Kid’s Playdate: Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Place for Live Entertainment: Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Place to Enjoy the Outdoors: Foothills Park, 3300 Page Mill Road, Los Altos Hills Place to Go for a Run: Stanford Dish, entrance at Junipero Serra Boulevard and Stanford Avenue, Stanford WiFi Hot Spot: Coupa Cafe, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto (continued on next page)

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Applewood Pizza has sliced its way into the Hall of Fame for Best Pizza (pictured: Applewood owner Attila Varsanyi).

Village Cheese House is a hit with readers, scoring the top spot for Best Delicatessen (pictured: Village Cheese House owners Lindsay and Noah Hiken).

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Bagels Hall of Fame: Third Year Fresh pastries, cookies and challahs line the shelves of popular California Avenue shop Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels. But at the end of the day, it’s the fresh bagels and the savory and sweet spreads that keep the crowds flowing into Izzy’s every morning. The shop’s friendly service, efficiency and, above all, quality have made it a perennial favorite and a shoo-in for the Best Of Hall of Fame. 477 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-329-0700; izzysbrooklynbagels.com Bustling downtown joint House of Bagels gives local bagel lovers plenty to yearn for, from traditional staples like sesame and pumpernickel to

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Bakery/desserts What do you mean I can’t do a taste test of my own? As so many of you already know, Prolific Oven rocks the dessert world, from its signature Chocolate Mocha Cake to its seasonal Very Berry Trifle Cake. For those not serving a crowd, there are yummy cake bites, classic cannoli and amazing chocolate eclairs. Check

out the website for special-occasion wonders. Sorry, can’t write more. It’s too close to lunchtime, and I’m heading over to Prolific. 550 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 650-326-8485; prolificoven.com

Breakfast Early in the morning there is no Palo Alto eatery that hits the spot quite like Joanie’s Cafe. The California Avenue hot spot serves up the omelets, crepes and waffles that keep local residents flocking there all hours of the day. The array of egg creations — each served with your choice of sides — provides fuel for the day and tickles your taste buds all at once. Hobee’s finished a close second in this category. 405 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3266505; joaniescafepaloalto.com


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Burgers Hall of Fame: First Year When it comes to customizable burgers, no place has the diverse options and taste to compete with Hall of Famer The Counter. From beef to veggie and everything in between, The Counter has the options to please even the pickiest of burger connoisseurs. Create a crazy, one-of-a-kind burger with a carnival of toppings or stick to the basics; either way The Counter makes every burger a delight. 369 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3213900; thecounterburger.com For 60 years Kirk’s Steakburgers has been satisfying generations of

Palo Alto residents with juicy burgers bursting with flavor. This popular Stanford-student spot pleases with its commitment to making burgers from better meat than the competition’s. Loaded with toppings and dripping with goodness, Kirk’s burgers are local legends that just keep getting better. 75 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-326-6159; kirks-steakburgers.com

Burrito Chipotle defends its title in its fourth consecutive year as a Best of Palo Alto winner, and it’s no secret why. The ingredients are fresh; the burritos are customizable and made in front of your eyes; and the restaurant chain champions organic, local, family-

farmed ingredients. Weekly readers have proved once again that a burrito with a conscience just tastes better. 2675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650462-9154; chipotle.com

Delicatessen Village Cheese House continues its reign in the “classic” category. Paly graduate Noah Hiken and his wife, Sarah, owners since 2007 of this 53-year-old Palo Alto institution, have remodeled the shop but retained its most cherished traditions, such as the best-selling Turkey on Dutch Crunch with the Works. Since last fall, an “express register” — for grab ‘n’

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Gelato/Ice Cream Hall of Fame: Third Year Ice-cream champion Rick’s Ice Cream offers a wide selection of creamy ice cream that’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Serving Palo Altans for nearly 40 years, Rick’s boasts 48 flavors. Classics such as French vanilla and chocolate lie in heaping tubs beside quirkier offerings like rose and kulfi. The shop also carries elaborately decorated ice-cream cakes, cake pops, fudge and handmade waffle cones. 3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-4936553; ricksicecream.com Cool down with a sweet treat — Gelato Classico has a variety of frosty confections. Slightly removed from the chaos of central downtown Palo Alto, this little shop is the perfect place to pop into for a sweet afterdinner treat or a refreshing afternoon snack. Decadent flavors include chocolate hazelnut and intoxicating tiramisu, while lighter fruit fare and classic chocolate and vanilla are also available. 435 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-327-1317; caffeclassicofoods.com

Grocery Store While I tend to like a grocery store that’s one-stop shopping, what’s the point if what they have isn’t what you want? Not the case with Trader Joe’s, which prides itself on having an eclectic variety of affordable wines, cheeses, nuts, fresh veggies and fruits, pre-made salads and kosher meat. You may not find the exact brand of cleaning supplies, but you’re bound to score something truly interesting for dinner. Don’t forget to stop in the corner for free samples: That’s how I discovered rosemary-and-raisin crackers. 140 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-327-7018; traderjoes. com

Happy Hour Best Of voters cheer the happy hour at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, which also won for its savory steaks. See the complete listing under Steak.

Milkshake Hall of Fame: Second Year Can’t get enough. With locations downtown and at Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill takes the shake as a perpetual favorite. After winning best milkshake five years running, Creamery Fountain & Grill is in its second year as a Hall of Famer. It is not to be confused with Peninsula Creamery,

Readers dig Trader Joe’s, voting it Palo Alto’s Best Grocery Store. whose owners, the Santana family, are actually landlords of the 566 Emerson St. location, with a stipulation that it remain a ‘50s-style soda fountain. 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-323-3131; 2A Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-327-3141; paloaltocreamery. com Back to the ‘50s. Step back in time at Peninsula Creamery at the corner of Channing Avenue and High Street, a family-owned Palo Alto tradition since 1923. Retro dinette tables and chairs sit atop red-and-white checkered linoleum floors; the counter is lined with bowls of 10- and 25-cent candy; and the milkshakes are the best in town. If you can resist the best-selling chocolate or “Old Fashioned” — vanilla with chocolate syrup — choose from an array of other ice cream flavors. 900 High St., Palo Alto, 650-323-3175; peninsulacreamery.com

New Food/Drink Establishment There’s a reason why Philz Coffee has long enjoyed a cultish following among the hip java-guzzlers in San Francisco and Berkeley. This driponly mini-chain has enjoyed a small but devout Palo Alto following for years because of its Middlefield Road location, a small cafe with a large courtyard and a wide selection of smooth blends and comforting pastries. With the recent opening of a larger Philz on Forest Avenue, the chain’s addictive brews, savory snacks, comfortable sofas, friendly service and abundant outdoor seating make this champion coffee spot a choice destination for the laptopcarrying set. 101 Forest Ave., Palo Alto, 650-321-2161; philzcoffee.com

Pizza Hall of Fame: Third Year Popular Menlo Park restaurant Applewood Pizza has certainly earned its place in the Best Of Hall of Fame. Applewood has served delicious pizzas to hungry eaters for years, offering specialized pies such as the Florentine (marinated artichokes, mushrooms, bell peppers and fresh tomatoes), the Athens (marinated eggplant, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and green onions) and the Los Altos (BBQ chicken, red onions, cilantro, pesto and fresh tomatoes). Applewood now also offers delivery, and its bar features 37 imported beers. 1001 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-324-3486; applewoodpizza.com

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Should famous Chicago-based athletes such as Michael Jordan or Brian Urlacher ever stroll through Palo Alto, they may yearn for some authentic Chicago-style fare. And if pizza is their favorite, Patxi’s Chicago Pizza would be their destination. The downtown eatery scored with Best Of voters for its unusual and savory pizza. Patxi’s menu has four styles — Chicago “stuffed,” pan, regular crust and extrathin crust. Toppings include spinach and mushrooms, aged prosciutto and kalamata olives. And the filling pizza is enough to satisfy the hunger of Bulls and Bears alike. 441 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-473-9999; patxispizza.com

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If your favorite water sport is eating seafood, or you’ve worked up a big appetite watching those Olympic swimmers and divers, The Fish Market could hit the spot. Readers rallied behind this longtime Palo Alto restaurant that was started in 1976 by a sport fisherman, a boat captain and a gourmet chef. Schools of diners have found their way to this bustling seafood house to dine on chowder,

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Sprout Cafe took the gold in two categories, Best Salad and Meal Under $20. cioppino, fresh grilled seafood and many other options. Features include a restaurant, oyster bar, retail seafood market and mesquite broilers. 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-279-9190; thefishmarket.com

Steak Hall of Fame: Second Year When area residents feel a hankering for the best cuts of beef money can buy, for years they have been heading to Sundance the Steakhouse. With a variety of perfectly aged steaks, Sundance has earned a reputation as the best. Its USDA Certified-Prime cuts are perfectly matched with an extensive wine collection, and all is enhanced by the ambiance of Sundanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mahogany dining room. When it comes to beef, Sundance the Steakhouse is a Hall of Famer. 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-321-6798; sundancethesteakhouse.com

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Yogurt When the heat is too much to beat, Fraiche Yogurt serves up a cup of deliciously cold relief. The recently expanded organic-frozen-yogurt shop provides a variety of tasty toppings without compromising nutritional value.

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Best of Palo Alto 2012 Chinese Restaurant Chef Chu’s is a longtime local favorite for its great service, quality ingredients and consistency. Owner Larry Chu Jr. says that everybody enjoys the selection of specialty dishes such as potstickers, Peking duck and wok-seared rack of lamb, adding that vegetarians will find a parade of entrées to enjoy, including tofu and noodle dishes. 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, 650-948-2696; chefchu.com

Coffee House Perennially packed Coupa Café has become a Palo Alto gold-medal winner and destination spot, offering Venezuelan coffee, artisan chocolates and arepas (white cornmeal griddle cakes filled with meats and other savory fillings). In addition to offering salads, quiche and French pastries, Coupa serves up Venezuelan specialties like empanadas, cachapas and pabellon. The saltillo-tiled interior includes a cozy room with a fireplace — or opt for outdoor dining in the protected alcove. Readers also voted Coupa best Solo Dining and best WiFi Hotspot. 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-322-6872; coupacafe.com

Dining With Kids Hall of Fame: Third Year What youngster wouldn’t want to dine at a family-friendly restaurant that features comfy booths, savory food and delicious milkshakes? Kids (with parents in tow) frequent Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill in droves, which has earned the ‘50sstyle eatery a place in the Best Of Hall of Fame. Tyke-friendly menu items include buttermilk pancakes (part of the Creamery’s breakfust menu — yep, that’s breakfust with a “u”), fresh fruit, baked macaroni and cheese, apple juice and a wealth of other options. 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-323-3131; 2A Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-327-3141; paloaltocreamery.com Little ones love Peninsula Creamery at the corner of Channing Avenue and High Street, a familyowned Palo Alto tradition since 1923. Peninsula Creamery also iced the milkshake competition. See the complete listing under Milkshake.

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Ambiance Hall of Fame: Second Year At Evvia Estiatorio, you’ll swear the Palo Alto sun is as warm as the Mediterranean’s — or maybe that’s just the restaurant’s award-winning ambiance. Light glints from the copper cookware that adorns the walls and shines off the restaurant’s large polished wood tables. With the kitchen partially open to the dining area, cooks are not shy to show their stuff as they whip up authentic Hellenic cuisine. This cozy spot gives a taste of class

and a tang of classic Greek flavor. 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-326-0983; evvia.net La Bodeguita del Medio’s quiet, relaxed environment evokes a balmy evening in downtown Havana and so does its food. The Cuban-inspired fare includes juicy steak, fresh seafood and mouth-watering appetizers. Each dish can be paired with or preceded by one of La Bodeguita’s signature cocktails, including the ever-popular Hemingway. Patrons can come and finish off the night as the Cubans do — with a sweet dessert, a glass of rum and a rich, hand-rolled cigar. 463

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Bar/Lounge Fan-favorite restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio also earned accolades as a Latin-American restaurant, as a romantic restaurant and for its unparalleled ambiance. See the complete listing under Ambiance.

California Cuisine Quintessential Palo Alto. St. Michael’s Alley has roots dating

back to the pre-counterculture days of the late 1950s, when the place was launched as a coffee house on University Avenue and hosted aspiring singers like Joan Baez and Grace Slick. Original owner Vernon Gates, who died last fall, closed the coffee house in 1966 and reopened it as a restaurant in the current Emerson Street location seven years later. In 2009, current owners Mike Sabina and Jennifer Youll added a second location around the corner on Homer Avenue. The food — weekend brunch on Emerson, lunch and dinner on Homer — is unbeatable in either venue. 140 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, 650-326-2530; stmikes.com

Maybe it’s the delicious blend of California cuisine and southern French cuisine that makes Café Brioche the 2012 Best Of Palo Alto winner; or maybe it’s the restaurant’s comfortable ambiance in the heart of vibrant California Avenue. Either way, Palo Altans know that there is always something tasty to be had at the cozy bistro-inspired restaurant, whether it’s an artichoke-heart omelet for brunch, a jerk-crusted tuna sandwich for lunch or a rich beef bourguignon for dinner. 445 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650326-8640; cafebrioche-paloalto.com

Fusion A touch of class. For special occasions or a regular hangout, Tamarine Restaurant is the hands-


Best of Palo Alto 2012 down favorite in this category, with a large and loyal following. With a sleek elegance on the eastern end of University Avenue downtown, this establishment offers the cutting edge in Vietnamese cuisine, with influences from China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and France. Tamarine exhibits contemporary Vietnamese art and offers private dining as well as a Lunar New Year event. 546 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-325-8500; tamarinerestaurant.com

Italian Restaurant Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining spot, a place to meet for drinks or to chat in the coffee bar, Il Fornaio offers it all. White-linen dining is paired with pastas, pizzas, specialty meat dishes and salads. There are classic desserts, such as zabaglione and tiramisu, and specialties such as coffee with grappa. Fresh pasta — including gluten-free — is made on site. The restaurant offers monthly special regional cuisines, from Sardinia to Sicily and Piedmonte to Calabria. Il Fornaio was awarded the 2011 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Reservations recommended. 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto, 650-853-3888; ilfornaio.com

Indian Restaurant When a curry craving strikes, Darbar is the deliciously dependable Indian restaurant to beat. From paneer to tikka to vindaloo dishes, Darbar has cuisine for spice-seekers and mild-

flavor lovers alike. Darbar also provides smooth mango lassis and cozy chai lattes to top off an Indian feast that’s sure to leave you asking for seconds. 129 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3216688; darbarcuisine.com

Latin American Restaurant Readers also favored La Bodeguita del Medio as a romantic restaurant, for its bar/lounge and excellent ambiance. See the complete listing under Ambiance.

Meal Under $20 Cheap and healthy Sprout Cafe wins in this category for its variety of inexpensive and tasty salads, sandwiches and appetizers. Sprout also flourished for its fresh salads. See the complete listing under Salad.

Mediterranean Restaurant Hall of Fame: Second Year Evvia Estiatorio brings both traditional Mediterranean food and delicious interpretations of Greek favorites to Palo Alto. The restaurant uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and aims to provide top-notch customer service. Its simple dishes boast signature flavors and textures, bringing fresh ingredients to the forefront of

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New Device, Hybrid Team Restore Ailing Heart Valves Once Inoperable

Three to four times a year, he’d see his long-time and trusted local cardiologist, but when he began to have difficulty breathing, he didn’t think it was very serious at first. “He told me my heart valve was getting progressively narrower and that at some point in time we’d have to start talking about doing something,” Verwer said. Perhaps a bit stubbornly, Verwer kept delaying that point in time. Months passed, and Verwer and his wife, Shon, traveled to Italy with his children and their families. “He really started to deteriorate,” Stockton said. “We all should have been walking and his fear was he wasn’t going to make it off the mountain.” Verwer limited his activities, to little avail. By February 2012, “he was going downhill daily,” his wife said. “He was doing nothing but sitting and sleeping. There was really something wrong.” She insisted he see his doctor, who put Verwer into the hospital for tests. His heart rate was fluttering that could be easily fixed,

but he was also suffering from aortic stenosis, the narrowing by calcium deposits of the body’s largest artery as it passes through the heart. Because of that narrowing, the blood flow through his heart’s main valve to his limbs and organs had been reduced to a fraction of what his body needed. His heart was working harder and harder, with less result. Without the oxygen carried by that blood, his ability to breathe and move, even to think, was seriously diminished.

“He was doing nothing but sitting and sleeping. There was really something wrong.” – Shon Verwer, wife of Gary Verwer, Stanford Hospital & Clinics patient Surgery was the standard fix, but Verwer would soon learn that his survival would be in the hands of a team of physicians at Stanford Hospital & Clinics entrusted with a brand-new technique for replacing narrowed aortic valves only recently approved by federal officials for use outside of clinical trials. His treatment, said Stanford cardiovascular surgeon Craig Miller, MD, would represent “a major medical paradigm shift something to address an otherwise fatal disease in patients whom we once could offer nothing but supportive care and counseling.”

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Verwer represents a growing population of patients whose age brings serious health challenges. Aortic stenosis, the most common type of valvular disease, develops most often after age 60. At 76, Verwer is part of the bulging Baby Boomer demographic. Unfortunately, no medications have yet been found to be an effective treatment for the condition only valve replacement surgery can provide long term renewal of blood flow through this key point in the heart. But that surgery is among the Verwer represents a growing population of patients whose age has brought most traumatically inserious health challenges. Aortic stenosis, the most common type of valvular vasive to the body and disease, develops most often after age 60. considered high risk for

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At 52, Gary Verwer paid for decades of indifference to his health with a triple cardiac bypass. A month later he was parasailing in Hawaii, enjoying a safe return to an active lifestyle that also included extensive business travel around the world. “It worked out great,” Verwer said. “I was able to do just about anything.” With a higher awareness of his heart health, he did pay closer attention to his diet. For more than 20 years, the repairs worked well, even as he aged and slowed down some. He made a happy new marriage and, with 10 grandchildren, spent more time than ever with them. Golf and gardening augmented his pleasures in life.

At 52, Gary Verwer paid for decades of indifference to his health with a triple cardiac bypass. For more than 20 years, the repairs worked well, even as he aged and slowed down some. But then his heart problems began again. older patients with other serious medical problems. Surgeons saw through the sternum, that flat bone in the middle of the chest. Then, as the old valve is removed and replaced by a prosthetic one, they transfer the heart’s pumping function to a heart-lung machine. Being on the heartlung machine carries risks of cognitive impairment. Moreover, physical recovery from such surgery can be weeks long. If a patient has other debilitating medical conditions, the risk for such surgery becomes prohibitive. A special barrier stood before Verwer: The bypass that had been so successful for so long had engaged another artery that, as part of the standard sternal route surgery, surgeons would have to cross to get to the aorta, and in that passage, might nick it. One surgeon refused. Another told him, “It would be really messy.” Then his cardiologist suggested Verwer call Miller and the heart valve team at Stanford. For four years, cardiovascular physicians there had been testing a new minimally invasive way to replace aortic valves. It was a technique specifically designed for those who, like Verwer, were not good candidates for the traditional surgical approach. Just weeks earlier, in November 2011, the FDA had acknowledged the success of the trials with such patients and approved Stanford as the first facility in the Bay Area to offer the device outside of a clinical trial. “Leave it up to the guys at Stanford,” Verwer’s cardiologist told him. “They’re very, very smart guys and they know what they’re doing.”

After the Verwers’ first conversation with Stanford’s Bill Fearon, MD, that was their feeling, too. Fearon, a cardiologist who specializes in non-surgical heart repair, “was so easy to talk to, very easy-going and open, we both walked out of there very confident that they could do what they said they could do and do it without a hiccup,” Verwer said.

New design, new pathway

Fearon was part of a team of Stanford physicians invited in 2008, along with others at specially selected medical centers, for a large-scale national test of a revolutionary new heart valve replacement and a method to implant it without major surgery. The Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve is made of bovine membrane attached to a stainless steel mesh frame with a polyester wrap. At one end of the valve, the edges float free except for three points of contact that create a tri-fold leaflet that mimics the human heart valvular flaps. The material and the design make it possible to compress the device into the narrow confines of the femoral artery, carried along through the body affixed to the end “I feel alive again,”Verwer said. “I fee of a tube, or life again. I’ll be dancing with my gr catheter. The


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The Heart’s Mechanics t When all is well, the heart, the body’s hardest working muscle, beats about 80 times a minute, pumping 3 billion times in an average lifetime. t Arteries transport blood from the heart into the body; veins carry the blood back to the heart. t The heart has four chambers; each of the heart’s four valves open to allow forward flow of the blood and close to prevent backward flow. t The heart and its major vessels are among the most common sites for birth defects.

When the Heart Goes Wrong t Coronary heart disease caused one in six deaths in the United States in 2008. t The American Heart Association projects that by 2030, 40.5% of the U.S. population will have form of cardiovascular disease. t Age increases risk: 35.5 percent of men and 20.8 percent of women age 80 and above suffered from coronary heart disease, according to 2005-2008 data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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catheter also carries a balloon. When the valve is properly positioned, the balloon expands to open the valve and set it in place. There’s been no internal cutting and no heart-lung bypass necessary.

Gathering all knowledge

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– Gary Verwer, Stanford Hospital & Clinics patient “People estimate that perhaps 30 percent or more of patients who have severe aortic stenosis who should get surgery aren’t getting it because of the risk,” Fearon said. “Aortic stenosis is a very common problem and many patients are at high risk with traditional open heart surgery, especially those who’ve had prior open heart surgery. It’s become more and more of an issue because our population is getting older and older.”

Seeing the difference the device has made in the lives of his patients “has been most gratifying,” said cardiac surgeon Michael Fischbein, MD, one of Verwer’s medical team at Stanford. “After the valve replacement, it’s like night and day.” “We both thought, ‘Why not be a part of moving medicine forward?’ That’s easy to do when you don’t really have a choice,” said Shon Verwer. “But in the end, you also know that maybe you’ve helped somebody else, too.’ ”

Verwer wasn’t too bothered by the newness of the procedure. Fearon told him the Stanford team had already placed the new valve in nearly 200 patients. “There is even more extensive experience in Europe than in the U.S.,” Fearon said, “and the results have been very encouraging.”

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el I can do anything I want and I’ve got my positive outlook on randdaughter at her wedding and I’ll be playing golf again.”

Everything turned on whether or not Verwer’s femoral artery was large enough to carry the catheter, and that turned his way. That set the procedure in motion, with a full team of Stanford physicians on hand, each with a specific function. Including support personnel, the Stanford team tallied 20, including Fearon; Miller; Alan Yeung, MD, director of interventional cardiology; cardiac surgeon Michael Fischbein, MD; three cardiac anesthesiologists and physician specialists in echocardiography and cardiovascular radiology.

The device has “really advanced the treatment of aortic stenosis with a team approach,” said Fischbein, “with cardiologists and cardiac surgeons working together, bringing their experience to the table.” Seeing the difference the device has made in the lives of his patients “has been most gratifying,” he said. “After the valve replacement, it’s like night and day. It’s an incredible technique that offers so much for patients who really had no other treatment option.” For his part, Verwer said, “I feel alive again. I feel I can do anything I want and I’ve got my positive outlook on life again. I’ll be dancing with my granddaughter at her wedding and I’ll

“After the valve replacement, it’s like night and day. It’s an incredible technique that offers so much for patients who really had no other treatment option.” – Michael Fischbein, MD, cardiac surgeon, Stanford Hospital & Clinics He’s also becoming accustomed to being an informal representative of the new valve and the new implantation procedure. A recent prolonged bloody nose sent him to the local emergency room where he shared some of his health history with the emergency physician. “He said, ‘That’s unbelievable. I’ve never heard of that. I’ve got to tell this story to other people. Man, you are a lucky man!’

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“We both walked out of there very confident that they could do what they said they could do and do it without a hiccup.”

The new heart valve device represents an opportunity, which Stanford has grasped, to bring more unity of knowledge, experience and collaboration to cardiovascular treatment. “Traditionally, the open heart operation is done by the cardiac surgeon and the procedure done through the leg is done by a cardiologist,” Yeung said. “We feel it’s very important to get the expertise of the cardiac surgeon on how to deal with the valve and have the cardiologist’s expertise on how to deal with the insertion so we can do the procedure together, with a team approach because it involves so many facets of cardiology. It’s a hybrid, a convergence.”

be playing golf again. I live for today and what tomorrow brings is what tomorrow brings. But Shon’s happy again. I’m happy again. My family’s happy again.”

With his wife, Shon, at his side, and a new valve aiding his heart’s pumping action, “I’m happy again. My family’s happy again,” Verwer said.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is dedicated to providing leading edge and coordinated care to each and every patient. It is internationally renowned for expertise in areas such as cancer treatment, neuroscience, surgery, cardiovascular medicine and organ transplant, as well as for translating medical breakthroughs into patient care. Throughout its history, Stanford has been at the forefront of discovery and innovation, as researchers and clinicians work together to improve health on a global level. Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. For more information, visit www.stanfordhospital.org.

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Mexican Restaurant Hall of Fame: Third Year A Mexican restaurant with a distinctly warm, family feel, Palo Alto Sol serves food cooked with the owners’ family expertise and recipes from Puebla, Mexico. Cool down a spicy mole with a chilly margarita or stick some fresh guacamole on your juicy carne asada. Palo Alto Sol’s bright, festive environment and tasty food has earned it a spot in the Best Of Hall of Fame. 408 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-8840; paloaltosol.biz

St. Michael’s Alley was cheered in two categories — California Cuisine and Sunday Brunch — and is in the Hall of Fame for Romantic Restaurant.

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New Restaurant Triathalon champion LYFE Kitchen manages to strike the delicate balance among the three key components of a good restaurant: affordable, healthy and delicious. LYFE Kitchen’s diverse menu offers sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads and desserts — all in a fresh, clean, sit-down dining area. The restaurant also caters to vegans and vegetarians with diverse options. LYFE’s food is sure to please your taste buds as well as your bathroom scale. 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-325-5933; lyfekitchen.com

Outdoor Dining (first-place tie) This year, Cafe Borrone shares the spotlight for exceptional outdoor dining (with Caffe Riace; see below). Borrone offers its patrons a wealth of outdoor seating — beneath the sun and in the shade. Owner Marina Borrone says that customers regularly comment on the high quality of food and service, too, as well as the restaurant’s community feel. “They say they absolutely love the people that

work here,” she says. “They love that it’s family and it’s community. It has a very special place in their heart.” 1010 El Camino Real #110, Menlo Park, 650-327-0830; cafeborrone.com The welcoming ambiance of Caffe Riace provides the perfect outdoor dining experience. Warm, delicious Italian food coupled with the cafe’s elegant, European architectural decor allows you to enjoy your delectable lunch or dinner on the great outdoor patio under the beautiful Palo Alto sunshine or moonlight. 200 Sheridan Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-0407; cafferiace.com

Restaurant to Splurge Hall of Fame: Third Year Warm and classy. With its wood-fire aroma and chattering crowds, Evvia Estiatorio was an instant hit when it arrived on the Palo Alto scene in 1995, and has been a perennial favorite. A project of Greek-born real-estate developer George Marcus of Los Altos Hills, Evvia offers a wide-ranging menu of fresh and delicious Hellenic cuisine. 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-3260983; evvia.net Whether it’s a Bong Su Aperitif, Drunken Octopus, Hoisin Lamb Chops or Chili-Lime Aubergine, Tamarine Restaurant is an elegant place to go big for a special occasion. This sophisticated establishment was also voted a fusion favorite. See the complete listing under Fusion.

Romantic Restaurant Hall of Fame: Third Year Piety and romance don’t necessarily go hand in hand, but Palo Alto’s top romantic-dining destination is a saint. St. Michael’s Alley has been charming guests for years, earning it a spot in the Best Of Hall of Fame. The soft-glow ambiance, enticing menu (including summer zucchini tart, seared wild sea scallops and tiramisu) and robust wine selection help set the table for a truly romantic outing both you and your date will savor. 140 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, 650-326-2530; stmikes.com Romantics also swooned over La Bodeguita del Medio as a LatinAmerican restaurant, for its bar/lounge and excellent ambiance. See the complete listing under Ambiance.

Solo Dining Hall of Fame: Third Year When it comes to eating alone, Best Of Hall of Famer Cafe Borrone is the place to be. One of these reasons is Chef Josh Pebbles, who started working at Borrone when he was 18. He now heads up the kitchen, delivering a constantly changing but always delicious menu. Pebbles says that his dinner specials are the most popular, from in-house-made pasta to ratatouille with polenta. 1010 El (continued on page 51)

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Sports Bar Hall of Fame: First Year After five years of scoring the top spot in the Sports Bar category, The Old Pro has earned its way into the Best Of Hall of Fame. The honor comes as no surprise to Palo Alto-area sports fans who have long been frequenting the downtown bar/restaurant. Where else can you find 13 HD plasmascreen TVs, a cornucopia of menu options, thirst-quenching beverages and a mechanical bull? In the sportsbar category, this place truly is a pro. 541 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-3261446; oldpropa.com One of Menlo Park’s most popular establishments has won over Palo Alto Weekly readers as the area’s top sports bar. People flock to The Dutch Goose, founded in 1966, not only for its flavorful food (the deviled eggs are heavenly) and diverse beer selection, but also for its inviting atmosphere and sports-viewing opportunities. “The Goose” boasts eight plasma televisions and the walls are decorated with sporty décor featuring local faves like the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants. And the restaurant’s

latest addition — a new back-patio bar dubbed “The Duck Blind” — makes it easy to enjoy a ball game and the sunshine simultaneously. 3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park, 650-854-3245; dutchgoose.net

Sunday Brunch The venerable St. Michael’s Alley does not accept reservations for weekend brunch, but it’s a brunch worth waiting for. St. Mike’s also won for best California cuisine, which is served for lunch and dinner in its second location around the corner on Homer Avenue. See the complete listing under California Cuisine.

Sushi/Japanese Restaurant Walking into Fuki Sushi you know instantly that you are in for a treat. The traditional Japanese décor and clothing worn by the waitresses accentuates the delicious sushi on the menu. Try the fire dragon roll for a smoky taste of sushi that will leave you wanting more. Fuki Sushi also has tatami rooms for traditional Japanese dining and a plethora of sake options. 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650494-9383; fukisushi.com

Thai Restaurant Hall of Fame: Third Year Start with fresh ingredients, combine with 25+ years of chef Wanna Vongampai, and voila: You’ve cooked

up a major winner and a wellearned entry into the Hall of Fame for Thaiphoon. The menu is a tad overwhelming, chock full of standards (Green Papaya Salad, Mongolian Beef, Pad Thai) but with a few twists all their own (Ruby Grapefruit Salad, Spicy Lamb Saag, Noodles Green Curry). And there’s no MSG. 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-323-7700; thaiphoonrestaurant.com Going to Rice Thai Cuisine alone would be like trying to run a relay race without an entire team. The joy is in tasting the exquisite variety of dishes, and sharing the experience with friends. Even the spice-averse can find much to adore. Here’s a suggestion for a can’t-be-beat dinner: Start with Chicken Dumplings and an order of Chicken Satay with a tangy peanut sauce; then move on to Papaya Salad; then to a stretch from traditional Pad Thai — Pad See-ew, flat noodles with broccoli and a black soy sauce; Sizzling Duck; and one of the many curries, served with veggies and tofu. Don’t forget to bring your friends. 3924 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-812-0139; ricethaipaloalto. com

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Wine Bar The hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley can be draining, but there are a few Palo Alto gems that help make it easy to unwind. One such place is The Wine Room, a quaint and inviting wine bar in downtown Palo Alto. The cozy atmosphere and diverse

selection of wines have made The Wine Room a Peninsula favorite. The Room’s options include white wines from Sonoma County, Austria and France; reds from Toscana, Mendocino and San Luis Obispo; and sparkling wines from Oregon and Italy, among others. And there are plenty of tasty appetizers — such as “Fromage du Jour” (domestic and imported cheeses) or marinated olives — to complement the variety of vino. 520 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-322-1292; thepawineroom.com (continued on next page)

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Chiropractor The winning chiropractic office of 2012 specializes in looking into the cricks, cracks and crunches in your body. The chiropractors at Health Logic have treatments for a broad range of ailments — from auto accidents and slipped discs to

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Day Spa Nestled in a quiet corner scant blocks away from downtown Palo Alto’s bustling University Avenue, Watercourse Way has provided a tranquil respite to residents and visitors alike for more than three decades. The beautiful day spa with its Zen-inspired motif features enough amenities to soothe an entire football team. Watercourse offers nine different private hot tubs rooms (with names like “Two Stones” and “Six Dragonflies”), many of which include saunas or steam rooms; spa treatments such as the Champagne Chocolate Truffle, Salt Glow and Tropic Tranquility; massage (including for couples); skin-care services and a shop brimming with stress-busting

goodies. 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-462-2000; watercourseway. com

Dentist Palo Alto Dental Group will certainly make you smile. Since 1934, it has strived to provide a relaxing environment for the best in dental care. All staff members attend seminars and courses on the newest procedures and technologies as well as office safety so their patients will receive the best oral and health care possible. Bring your teeth to the Palo Alto Dental Group and they will give you an award-winning smile. 511 Byron St., Palo Alto, 650-323-1381; paloaltodentalgroup.com

Dry Cleaner Hall of Fame: Third Year Conveniently located on a welltraveled corner and blessed with nearby parking, the family-owned


Best of Palo Alto 2012 Charleston Cleaners has been serving locals for years. If there’s a line, there’s a stack of magazines to browse, and once you get to the front, the owner will give you a kiss — a Hershey’s chocolate kiss, that is. 3900 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-424-1113; charlestoncleaners.info That neighborhood feeling. Need to get some dry cleaning turned around quickly? The staff at AJ’s Cleaners will do what they can. Expect prompt and professional service at this busy Midtown location, set behind outdoor tables typically occupied by coffee drinkers from next-door-neighbor Philz. AJ’s also has a location on California Avenue. 3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-1550; ajsquickcleaners.com

Fitness Classes With a name like Uforia Studios, it is hard to imagine you are going there to work out. Uforia seeks to infuse music and fun into all of their classes to replace the drudgery normally associated with workouts. The studio’s liveliness and upbeat attitude will keep you coming back. From Zumba to cycling, Uforia offers classes for people of all fitness levels and takes care to make sure each of them lives up to their name. 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-329-8794; uforiastudios.com

Frame Shop University Art has been a Palo Alto institution since 1964 and was named part of the “Ramona Street

Block” Historic District in 1985. Beyond providing locals with quality art supplies and services (such as custom framing), University Art is also committed to serving the wider community, certified as a green business. Still a family-owned-andoperated business, University Art is dedicated to providing personal customer service while also keeping up with its Web presence in the digital age. If you’re looking to create a masterpiece of your own, or just for a quirky gift for an artistic friend, University Art has you covered. 267 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3283500; universityart.com

Gym The state-of-the-art fitness center at Palo Alto’s Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has all the ingredients for a perfect workout — from treadmills and yoga studios to basketball courts and two swimming pools. While these factors are enough to attract local fitness buffs to this Fabian Way complex, it’s the small luxuries that set the JCC apart from other gyms: spotless locker rooms, private showers, saunas, a giant kidfriendly pool and a staff of friendly personal trainers who will help you hurdle over all your fitness goals. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-223-8700; paloaltojcc.org

Hair Salon The lead in luscious locks, Hair International, provides quick and professional service when it comes to making your hair look its best.

Offering standard haircuts, coloring and styling for special occasions, the staff at Hair International is friendly and skillful. Its policy accommodates appointments and walk-ins, making it convenient at any time. This salon also offers Brazilian blow-dries, facial hair waxing and threading, and spa-style manicure and pedicure treatments, to ensure you look your best. 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-324-2007; hairintl.com

Hotel Weekly readers seem to relish the prospect of staying in the heart of downtown, choosing the Garden Court Hotel in the bustle of Palo Alto as their favorite hotel this year. Or perhaps they’re looking forward to setting up relatives or business clients with such amenities as marble bathrooms, private patios, fireplaces and spa tubs. Pets can get pampered at the Garden Court, too; for an extra fee, Fido can stay in the guest’s room and even get his own turn-down service. 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto, 650-543-2211; gardencourt.com

Manicure/Pedicure Lavande Nail Spa has been featured in numerous magazines, all of which have noted its spectacular customer service and soothingly affordable prices. Lavande offers nail care, facials, waxing and massage — all within its lavender-scented spa. You can also schedule a girls’ day out or other special events with Lavande’s

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Best of Palo Alto 2012 California Avenue has everything a body requires to get “past tense.” The center offers a wide range of modalities, from Esalen and Feldenkrais to “clinical deep tissue” and reflexology. Expecting a baby? Book yourself a pregnancy massage. Gearing up for a big game? Go for a sports massage. The center also offers chiropractic and acupuncture services. 368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-9400; massagetherapypaloalto.com

Men’s Haircut Hall of Fame: First Year Five years of being dubbed the best place for a men’s haircut has earned Hair International a place in the Best Of Hall of Fame. There is no cut the stylists at Hair International can’t handle. The friendly and knowledgeable staff, affordable pricing and convenient locale have helped Hair International score its place in the hallowed Hall. 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-324-2007; hairintl.com Barbers are not unlike athletes — they have to be precise, sure-handed, observant and skillful. And the team over at the President Barbershop is something of an all-star squad when it comes to giving a great men’s haircut. President has the tools and talent to provide the ideal hairdo, whether you’re looking for a simple trim or something a bit more daring (mohawk anyone?). Each barber has a wealth of experience and a keen

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New Service Business Lightweight champion Elite Med Spa offers a comprehensive weightloss program complete with one-onone consultations on a weekly basis, meal and workout plans, and a longterm weight-maintenance program. The Spa, located within LaBelle, also offers cosmetic Botox injections and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. With Elite Med Spa’s attentive and professional programs, you’ll be sure to emerge looking and feeling successful. 95 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-327-6964; elite-medspa.com

Orthodontists Dr. Stacey Quo of Mid Peninsula Orthodontics will help make your pearly whites worthy of Mt. Olympus. Dr. Quo, an orthodontist who has worked in the Bay Area since 1994, currently lectures at both UCSF and Stanford. Praised for her professionalism and ease, Quo treats patients of all ages, outfitting them with braces and providing other orthodontic services. With Dr. Quo’s help, your teeth will be as pretty as a gold medal. 965 High St., Palo Alto, 650-328-1600; orthoquo.com (continued on next page)

Readers made AJ’s Cleaners number one in the Dry Cleaner category (pictured: Chris Choi of AJ’s Cleaners).

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NoXcuses Fitness knows there is no “one size fits all” workout plan that works for every person. Rather, they take a personalized approach to fitness, customizing workouts for each client and allowing them to pursue their own goals. With trained instructors in a variety of different fitness areas, NoXcuses has a trainer with the expertise to fit every customers needs. If you are looking for a fitness program personally tailored for you, look no further than NoXcuses. 2741 Middlefield Road

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Plumbers Palo Alto Plumbing Heating and Air/Dahl Plumbing has been serving the Bay Area for more than 31 years. The family-run business is available 24 hours a day for emergency services of all types. Testimonials from its customers laud its attention to detail and customer service, particularly its ability to make it to appointments on time, something anyone who has needed something fixed in the home will appreciate. Its motto tells all about its good humor and commitment to

making customers feel at ease: “Don’t cuss, call us!” 716 San Antonio Road, Unit F, Palo Alto, 650-856-3400; paloaltoplumbheatandair.com

Shoe Repair Is the modern American world really a throwaway society, where people would much rather buy something new than take the time to get anything fixed? If you ask the repeat Best Of gold-medal winner Midtown Shoe Repair, the answer is “no.” The folks here specialize in giving soles and purses and belts a second or third life. And, just in case you managed to swing a last-minute ticket to London, this place will repair your luggage,

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Value Hotel/Motel El Camino Real might be steps from its door, but Creekside Inn seems a world away with its quiet, inner-courtyard garden and location next to Matadero Creek. The inn offers 136 rooms and suites, many overlooking the gardens or innercourtyard fountain. Relax beside the pool surrounded by lush greenery, stroll along the oak-studded creek or work out in the fully equipped fitness center. Rooms have eco-bath products, wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, voicemail and plush bathrobes. The inn offers special packages such as the “Stanford Get Well” package for hospital visitors and “Weekend Special” that is attractive for getaways and sporting events. 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-493-2411; creekside-inn.com

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Destino Spa was honored in the Best Skin Care category (pictured: Bill Cesano and the late Christine Rivera-Cesano).

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— and winning another Best Of Palo Alto award. Peace activist Roy Kepler opened Kepler’s in 1955, and it earned a reputation in the 1960s as a place where countercultural minds could gather to share ideas. His son Clark took over in 1980, managing the store through times good, bad

and ugly, with the launch of online juggernaut Amazon.com. The new transition team is working hard to keep the community feel of Kepler’s alive while updating the store with e-technology and a broader range of events and inventory. The next six months will give the store’s supporters

Bike Shop Don’t let a flat tire or busted chain slow you down. Mike’s Bikes has what you need to get you back on the road in no time. With new and used bikes and repair service, Mike’s has everything the rapidly growing bicyclist population could want. Whether it’s a recommendation or a repair, Mike’s has the friendly service and expertise that will get you back on two wheels with a smile on your face. 3001 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-858-7700; mikesbikes.com

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The arrow is pointing up for Shady Lane, as the downtown shop earned awards for Best Boutique, Best Gift/Novelty Shop and Best Jewelry Store (pictured: David Cantwell of Shady Lane).


Best of Palo Alto 2012 a glimpse of the future at Kepler’s. 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-324-4321; keplers.com

Boutique It’s not surprising that Shady Lane took the gold in three categories: Boutique, Gift/Novelty Shop and Jewelry Store. The array of gold and silver — plus wood, glass, textiles — in the window lures in customers seeking that perfect gift; many simply cannot resist a little something for themselves. (OK, I couldn’t resist: I found a perfect pin for my musical cousin, but my husband nailed a ring made from watch innards: How cool is that?) This is a place that’s hard to leave empty-handed. (P.S. My cousin loved her gift.) 441 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-321-1099

Eyewear Cool people wear glasses. In addition to popular staples like Oakley and Ray-Ban, Lux Eyewear stocks stylish, harder-to-find lines such as the German IC! Berlin, Face a Face of Paris and the L.A.-based Oliver Peoples. This one-of-a-kind shop owned by opthalmologist Thomas Tayeri marks its fifth anniversary Saturday, Aug. 18, with a 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. celebration featuring food, music, raffles, corporate presentations and, of course, glasses. 1805 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650324-3937; luxpaloalto.com (continued on next page)

The sun shines on Lux Eyewear, readers’ choice for Best Eyewear.

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Flower Shop Hall of Fame: Third Year How sweet-smelling it is to be in the Hall of Fame. Just as roses are red, Michaelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flower Shop is a true perennial in this category. 453 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 650-3215390; michaelasflowershop.com Midtown Palo Alto florist Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley, run by longtime gardener (and former registered nurse) Karen Froniewski, scores many a medal with Weekly readers. Custom topiary arrangements such as ivy animals and door-framing plants are on offer along with more standard bouquets and flower assemblages. The shop also sells garden statues and fountains, and hosts classes on floral arranging and topiary. 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-326-3632; naturesalley. com

Gift/Novelty Shop Palo Alto treasure Shady Lane was also honored for its jewelry and as the best boutique. See the complete listing under Boutique.

Green Business Hall of Fame: First Year With solar panels on its roof and low-energy lights on its ceiling, Palo Alto Hardware cemented itself in the Hall of Fame this year for its green-business practices. Palo Alto Hardware has long shone for its environmental approach, from supporting Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Wasteâ&#x20AC;? initiative to featuring a strong recycling program. And, naturally, the store also stocks a trove of environmentally friendly products. 875 Alma St., Palo Alto, 650-327-7222; paloaltohardware. com

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Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s REI is a mean, green, outdoor-equipment-selling machine. Ninety to 95 percent of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waste is recycled or composted and 25 to 30 percent of its power comes from solar energy from the panels on its roof. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certified Bay Area green business and a gold-award winner as a bikefriendly business from the League of American Bicyclists. The employees put their money where their mouths are, with 25 percent of them biking to work every day. 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View, 650-969-1938; rei.com

Hardware Store Where else can you get skin-care products and a high-speed drill? Palo Alto Hardware has dozens of practical and ornamental items for the home and garden, from tiny screws to hard-to-find vintage faucets (it can special order stuff, too). Palo Alto Hardware was one of the first businesses on the Peninsula to go solar, and customers can get solar and environmental products there as well. Check out the website for how-to information on everything from installing audio-video systems to repairing drywall, or go in and ask the friendly staff. 875 Alma St., Palo Alto, 650-327-7222; paloaltohardware.com

Home Decor & Furnishings Trendy and affordable furniture store IKEA is Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice for best home dĂŠcor and furnishings. A Swedish import, IKEA offers functional, sleekly designed European furniture and home dĂŠcor at a bargain price. The massive store provides bright showroom displays featuring a variety of items. Moving, child-care services, and wardrobe-installation assistance are available at the store, in addition to a cafe and Swedish food market. Boasting an extensive selection of products ranging from

textiles and living-room furniture to kitchen supplies and a large kids section, IKEA has something for everyone in the family. 1700 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650 4936553; ikea.com/us

Jewelry Store Downtown retailer Shady Lane also shone for gift/novelty shop and boutique. See the complete listing under Boutique.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apparel Hall of Fame: First Year Nordstrom, the Hall of Fame winner for Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apparel, offers gentlemen a wide variety of high-quality threads to look and feel like champions. Shoes, belts, shirts, ties, slacks, jackets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if a man wears it, Nordstrom carries it. Nordstrom has been a staple at Stanford Shopping Center for years and features specialty shops for most occasions, including surf and skate, golf, sport fan gear and even suits and tuxedos. 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-323-5111; nordstrom.com Men eager to look sharp for a business dinner, keep it casual for a day at the park or get cozy for an afternoon at home can satisfy their clothing needs at Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The apparel powerhouse features a variety of brands for men, be they young, old, small or tall. Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Sean John, Adidas and Nike are just a few of the brands available at Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Sports nuts can find plenty of athletic gear as well: tracksuits, T-shirts, hoodies and running shoes. Whether your style highlights skinny jeans or svelte suits, Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers a little bit of something for everyone. 300 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-326-3333; macys.com


Best of Palo Alto 2012 Shoe Store Many things under the sun. From glittery Toms and spiky gold-andsilver Steve Maddens to the highend Jimmy Choos and classic Ferragamos, Nordstrom shoe department is the place to go for hands-on selection, including men’s and children’s footwear. A spacious display, plenty of comfortable seating and an attentive, knowledgeable staff ensure a pleasurable shoe-browsing experience. 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-323-5111; shop.nordstrom.com

Sporting Goods & Apparel Hall of Fame: Third Year Year after year, REI has been blowing away the competition and helping its customers do the same. It doesn’t matter if you rely on a kayak, a bicycle, a snowboard or a pair of running shoes to get to the finish line. This popular sporting-goods hub will help get you there. 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View, 650-969-1938; rei.com

Apricot Lane Boutique has served notice as the area’s Best New Retail Business.

New Retail Business Whoever thought, for even a moment, that Los Altos is stodgy? The latest addition to Main Street, Apricot Lane Boutique, offers hip new brands, such as Naked Zebra, Promesa and Spoiled; chambray shirts by Bella Dahl; and knitwear by Bobi. “It’s not unusual for three generations — daughter, mother and grandmother,” to come in, noted Angela Forte, store manager. To go with the “contemporary style from L.A.,” Forte points to eclectic accessories: belts and jewelry — even a “vegan” (faux leather) handbag. 315 Main St., Los Altos, 650-209-5961; apricotlaneusa.com

Nursery/Garden Supply Stylish decor on the cheap. Summer Winds Nursery will provide you with everything you need to make your garden bloom. The knowledgeable, friendly staff will answer your gardening questions and help you navigate the rows of lush foliage. Selling planting supplies, plants and general gardening wares, this store provides you with all of the tools to create the garden of your dreams. 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, 650493-5136; summerwindsca.com

Pet Store Pet Food Express has been serving California’s pets for more than 30 years, providing top-of-the-line supplies and services for the Bay Area’s pampered pets. Palo Alto’s branch boasts exemplary attention to customer service and quality products for its local pets and their owners. The store offers a vaccination

clinic, adoption events and high-end pet food and supplies. Its corporate persona is also giving back to those pets less fortunate than their Palo Alto cousins. In 2011 alone, Pet Food Express donated more than $1.3 million to programs including animal shelters and rescues, police K-9 departments and more than 100 schools. 3910 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-856-6666; petfoodexpress. com

Pharmacy/Drug Store Hall of Fame: First Year Walgreen’s aims to provide each of its customers with quality care and products while maintaining a commitment to the wider community through its dedication to corporate social responsibility, including environmental sustainability and diversity programs. Founded more than a century ago, Walgreen’s continues to serve people all over the country, including three locations in Palo Alto. 4170 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-858-2007; 300 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-326-3876; 2605 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-5669723; walgreens.com CVS has been focusing on the innovation and reinvention of its pharmacy services. It also engages in numerous philanthropic endeavors such as its All Kids Can program, which aids community-based programs focusing on children with disabilities. CVS is a one-stop healthcare provider, with products ranging from household items to medications. 2701 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-330-0132; 116 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-322-2554; 352 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3243248; cvs.com

Whether you’re gearing up for the new baseball season, revving up for a football match or looking to go for a swim, Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World will get you what you need. This popular downtown spot boasts a friendly staff and shelves full of the latest sports equipment, from swimming trunks to soccer jerseys. But as the store’s name implies, you don’t have to be an Olympic star to enjoy its offerings. With its wide array of games and toys, this perennial winner can be just as useful for planning a picnic as a pickup game. 526 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 650-3288555; toyandsport.com

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Stationery Store Village Stationers sells a variety of greeting cards, journals and stationery supplies. The shop also boasts a sizeable selection of writing implements and office supplies, in addition to many gift items. Whether you’re sending a love letter on pretty letterhead or scribbling a grocery list on a legal pad, this stationery store has you covered. And with locations in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, your stationery options are twofold. 310 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; 650-3267970; 719 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, 650-321-6920

Toy Store Toy haven Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World was also lauded for its sporting goods and apparel. See the complete listing under Sporting Goods & Apparel.

Women’s Apparel The fall collection is IN at Nordstrom, the go-to emporium for women’s apparel. Nordstorm also stepped up as the best spot for shoes. See the complete listing under Shoe Store. (continued on next page)

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Best of Palo Alto 2012 pond area filled with turtles, ducks, rabbits and a large goose; bobcats, raccoons, bats, peacocks, ferrets and snakes round out the mix inside. The Palo Alto Museum and Zoo is sure to provide a playdate packed with action and enjoyment. 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-2111; cityofpaloalto.org/jmz

Place for Live Entertainment The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is young in spirit but venerable in numbers — the company is in its ninth decade. Ever since the fall of 1931, when Hazel Glaister Robertson staged the Christmas play “The Perfect Gift” with a cast of 47, the group has been dedicated to putting on a show. Seasons include outreach performances in schools and summertime outdoor plays along with main-stage productions. Besides being on stage, kids learn the ropes behind the scenes: painting sets, designing props, running lights. There’s also a dance studio for classes. Curtain up! 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-463-4930; cityofpaloalto.org

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Art Gallery Fittingly for Olympics season, which harkens back to ancient Greece, the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University contains artwork and artifacts covering 5,000 years of art history. Neighboring the Rodin Sculpture Garden and featuring an array of changing and permanent exhibitions, the museum also hosts gallery talks, lectures and docent tours. Admission and most events are free. New exhibitions this summer include “Guardians,” a show of portraits of contemporary Russian museum guards by San Francisco photojournalist Andy Freeberg; and “When Artists Attack the King,” satirical French prints from the 19th century. 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, 650-723-4177; museum.stanford.edu

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All the fun and frivolity of the Big Easy can be found right in downtown Palo Alto at NOLA. The New Orleansthemed restaurant by day turns into a fun-filled, Cajun-spiced hotspot in the evenings. The well-stocked bar offers all the favorites along with some Louisiana specialties. Gather some friends and try a Hurricane bowl —

but be warned, it is a Category 5. 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-328-2722; nolas.com

Palo Alto Park Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park is the ideal spot to let your future Olympians hone their skills. You can sit in the comfortable picnic area and watch your kids play soccer or tag on the large grass athletic fields, do gymnastics on the play structures or tear it up on the tennis courts. A wading pool with a water area, skate bowl, softball field, jogging paths and dog park make Mitchell the best place to get active in Palo Alto. 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

Place for a Kid’s Playdate The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo is the perfect place for your children and friends to let their imaginations run wild. The museum has many hands-on, multi-sensory exhibits on topics including insects and the environment. When the kids tire of playing with the bright, interactive displays, let them run outside to see the museum’s menagerie. The zoo features a serene

The country club of parks. Palo Alto’s Foothills Park has it all — wildlife, hiking trails, camping, fishing, nonmotorized boating and vistas from San Francisco to Silicon Valley, all within a few miles of downtown. Some folks thought it was too expensive when the city committed $1.29 million in 1958 to buy the 1,400-acre preserve from Palo Alto Medical Clinic founder Russel Lee, but perhaps they’ve reconsidered. The controversial residents-only policy has been revisited — and reaffirmed — at least three times since the park opened in 1965. But savvy park users know the entrance gates are staffed only at peak times. 3300 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-2423; cityofpaloalto.org

Place to Go for a Run Hikers and runners mingle with herons and egrets at this scenic, 4.5-mile rollercoaster of a loop in the Stanford foothills. The Dish serves up enough steep hikes and sharp drops to test the knees and lungs of even seasoned runners. But one doesn’t have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy the skittish squirrels, the fluttering butterflies and the panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, Stanford University and the rolling hills around the summit of this popular landmark. Stanford Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard, Stanford. dish.stanford.edu

Wi-Fi Hotspot Web surfers also touted Coupa Cafe for solo dining and as the top coffee house in town. See the complete listing under Coffee House.

About the cover: Lumi Gardner of Fuki Sushi shows her pride. Fuki Sushi won in the Best Sushi/Japanese Restaurant category.


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Coupa Café took the prize in two categories — Best Coffee House and Best Wi-Fi Hotspot.

The City of Palo Alto courted readers in several categories: Best Palo Alto Park, Best Place for Live Entertainment and Best Place to Enjoy the Outdoors.

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Whether restoring furniture or designing power connections, I believe in the beauty of a job well done. Doing my job at the City Utilities is similar to restoring fine furniture—the key is preparation, planning and an eye for detail. Few people are aware of the craft involved in bringing power into their homes. Whether designing for a new home or bringing an existing home up to code, I always try to ensure energy is accessed in the most efficient way. Meeting with my customers and learning about their energy needs allows me to design the most appropriate solution. At the end of the day, I get satisfaction knowing I’m giving my customers efficient, afe and convenient access to the energy they need. Caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption.

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FABMO WORKSHOPS ... Arlene Magarian will offer a workshop on “Braided Rug & Basket Making” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Focus is on using recycled materials to make a rug, seat mat, pet bed, meditation/dance mat and more. Cost is $40. Luanne Seymour’s workshop, “Small Zipper Bags,” will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Bags can be used for everything from holding cosmetics to iPods. Cost is $45. Both workshops are held at FabMo’s workshop center at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Suite F, Mountain View. Information: www. fabmo.org WATERWISE GARDENING ... UC Master Gardener Deva Luna will offer a free, hands-on workshop to demonstrate the “Fundamentals of Waterwise Gardening” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Participants should bring a pot (no bigger than 14 inches by 12 inches). Information (and required registration): 650-349-3000 or email landscape@bawsca.org GROWING VEGGIES ... UC Master Gardeners will offer a free talk on “Growing Vegetables in Fall and Winter” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The talk will deal with starting plants and seeds, as well as transplanting. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http:// mastergardeners.org or Palo Alto Gardening Hotline: 650-329-1356, ext. 205

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WHAT’S COOKING? ... Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: “4 Grill Recipes Every Cook Should Know” (Will VanBrackle, Friday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m., $69); “Amazing Cake Pops” (Kim Henderson, Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m., $69); “Date Night: Italian Summer in Venice” (Saul Flores, Saturday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m., $79); “Berry Delicious Cupcakes” (Kim Henderson, Sunday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m., $69); “Late Summer Canning & Preserving Workshop” (Saul Flores, Sunday, Aug. 19, 3 p.m., $69); “Coastal Delights of Spain” (Michelle Marquez-Cino, Monday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., $69); “Grilling Great Seafood” (Jodi Krefetz, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., $79); and “Easy Fresh Pasta Dinners” (Will VanBrackle, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., $69). Information: 650289-0438 or email Cooking073@ surlatable.com N Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email cblitzer@ paweekly.com. Deadline is one week before publication.

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o plans for next weekend? No problem. The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts is coming to University Avenue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26. The streets of downtown Palo Alto will play host to a myriad of tents displaying works by more than 300 different artists and crafters. Festival goers can enjoy the live music that will be pulsating from two different stages (on Waverley and Webster streets) between grabbing a bite to eat or a sip of wine from the numerous food vendors and wine- and beer-tasting booths. Once more the Italian Street Art Expo will take place on Tasso Street where a company of 50 chalk artists will create colorful, intricate street art to benefit Youth Community Service. Kids can visit their own “art studio,” at the corner of University Avenue and Kipling Street, where they can make their own crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As you shuffle between the rows of booths with a taco and glass of wine in tow, consider singling out these three artists:

Tammy Bickel, metal Tammy Bickel likes longevity. She wants her edgy work to last. An artist who works exclusively with steel, Bickel creates metal sculptures that seamlessly combine the fragility of a flower with the roughness of a recycled piece of scrap metal. After studying sculpture at a fine arts school in New York, Bickel chose metal as her medium of choice because of its resiliency. “I had previously worked at a prop agency doing displays,” Bickel said. “Everything I made would be destroyed in the next week or so and I wanted to make work

Clockwise from top right: Among the many artists participating in the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts are Dehanna Jones, Totally Blown Glassworks (glass bowl); Jack West (walnut and spalted maple display stand); Charles Cobb (kitchen stools, made of curly maple and African wenge); and Jeannine Niehaus (“Ginkgo,” an 11-inch stoneware plate). Photos courtesy of Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. that lasted.” After working as a metal sculptor for more than 15 years and moving to San Francisco, Bickel became inspired by California’s natural beauty. Combining her love for the urban grittiness of New York and the natural beauty of her new (continued on page 70w)


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state, she began to create sculptures of natural subjects in hard, rough metal. “I was inspired by the rawness of the sculpture. I like to play off of the delicacy of natural things and capture them in a harder medium.” Each piece Bickel creates starts out as either a piece of sheet steel or fragments of old scrap metal. After heating the material and cutting it into sheets with oxyacetylene torches, Bickel focuses on creating the shapes she wants and softening the rigidity of the steel. Since most of her pieces are large, Bickel then creates heavy, strong bases to support her work. Her favorite sculpture she has ever created is a series of steel roses, each 6 feet tall. She fondly remembers the challenge the project posed. “I was really excited by the challenge of trying to mimic the natural softness and layers of the flower’s petals,” Bickel said. “I really wanted to portray the flower’s delicacy and fragility.”

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Charles Cobb, wood Characterized by interesting, colorful woods and sinuous shapes combined with functionality and artistry, Charles Cobb’s work begs not to simply fall under the umbrella of “furniture.” A dining table created by Cobb is at once both useful and visually pleasing. Driven by the principle that furniture does not have to look and feel boxy, he considers himself an amalgam of an artist and a craftsman. Cobb enjoys his freedom of choice within his chosen medium, especially the wide variety of materials he can use. “As a woodworker, I have a variety of woods to work with,” he said. “It’s interesting because I’m starting out with something that’s beautiful to begin with and hoping not to mess it up.” Lately he has favored African padauk in his work, though he also uses veneers for their superior look and sustainability. Though he took shop class in grade school, Cobb’s artistic talents are a result of his selfteaching. He learned by reading every book he could find and through trial and error. Cobb always knew he wanted to pursue art because it was the only thing that seemed completely natural to him. However, his woodworking career took off more or less by accident. One day, Cobb made his wife a full-length mirror for display in their new home. “People came over to see it and told me that it was really good,” Cobb said. “I thought it was an interesting prospect.” Inspired, Cobb pursued creating larger furniture more seriously. According to Cobb, it is necessarily to prove to clients that you are not just a whittler by showcasing craftsmanship on large pieces. “Nowadays, I’m doing smaller functional sculpture because it’s easier to get in and out of shows,” Cobb said from his Santa Rosa studio. “It’s just too hard to bring a dining room table into a show for me.” “One time I crafted a large cabinet that was supposed to look like a redwood tree and a handrail with bookends and bookworms lead-

ing up to someone’s library,” Cobb said. “Those were interesting commissions.”

Jeannine Niehaus, ceramics Jeannine Niehaus had known she wanted to be an artist from the minute she stepped into a local artist’s studio to have a portrait painted. Posing alongside her brother, Niehaus was struck by how cool it was to have a studio in one’s home. Bitten by the artistic bug, Niehaus experimented in nearly every media before settling on pottery. “I really like the tactile-ness of clay because it lends itself to so many things,” Niehaus said from her Santa Cruz home. “I was inspired by a fantastic ceramics teacher in college and I was just more into working in 3D than in 2D.” In her work, Niehaus employs a Japonesque style that employs strong lines and curves. She creates vases, table wear and spheres adorned with winding flowers such as wisteria, cherry blossom and dogwood. Heavily influenced by nature, Niehaus uses flowers as a motif in her work. She depicts plants exclusively because she likes the fluidity they allow her when she decorates. “I like my work to be asymmetrical, to have decorations wind around.” Niehaus said. “A lot of plants wind and help make the piece pleasing from all sides. They also can fit onto both big and small pieces.” Though Niehaus’s favorite pieces are her Wisteria vases and she has found success selling her flower-themed pieces, she has also filled an unexpected void in the ceramics world by creating mushroom-like cups. A member of the Fungus Federation and an avid mushroom farmer from a young age, Niehaus was asked by the organization to participate in an annual festival. For the event, she created cups with lids that look like mushrooms. The sales took off and they are still sold in several stores in the area. “It’s this random thing that I did that I never thought would take off,” she said. “I now have this bizarre niche market of fungus things.” Each piece Niehaus creates is a labor of love and involves and extensive process. Niehaus hand-throws her work on a potter’s wheel, trimming and finishing along the way. The piece is covered in plastic preceding decoration with colored slips. The piece is then thrown again, decorated and allowed to dry before being fired in the kiln. N Editorian Intern Helen Carefoot can be emailed at hcarefoot@paweekly.com. What: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26 Where: University Avenue, Palo Alto, between High and Webster streets Parking: Free parking is within several blocks of University Avenue, but attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. Free bicycle parking will be available at the Union bank parking lot on Waverley Street. Info: Call 650-324-3121, www.mlaproductions.com/ PaloAlto. Dogs are discouraged.

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Real Estate Matters Facebook kids, Baby Boomers push the housing market by Michael Dreyfus hen was the last time that 25-year-olds and 65-yearolds agreed on anything, let alone where it’s cool to live? Isn’t the generation gap supposed to protect us (and the status quo) from such unholy alliances? Now, in real estate at least, it’s time to think beyond the generation gap before it blinds us to current opportunities and dangers. Instead of moving in different directions, Baby Boomers and Millennials are both chasing a new American Dream that’s much less about 5,000 square feet and a three-car garage and more about having artisanal bakeries and coffee shops within hailing distance of their Bauhausstyle balcony above their brushedaluminum door. The sun is setting on the mountaintop retreat in Los Altos Hills; at least that’s what the Zeitgeist and the market are signaling. The

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appreciation in the median price in Los Altos Hills from 2003 to 2012 is 33 percent versus 89 percent in Palo Alto. Price increases are raging in neighborhoods like Palo Alto’s Professorville and Menlo Park’s Allied Arts where homeowners can easily walk or bike to restaurants, yoga studios, art galleries and schools. Yes, grandpa and junior are saying the same thing: Go short on homes in the hills and long on condos and bungalows near anything that feels like a downtown. I don’t think this intergenerational alignment is some brief eclipse of normal conditions. Rather, it’s a longterm shift caused by the deep needs and beliefs of both generations.

The new young buyers — the 25-35 crowd — are far more interested in community than commodity. This Facebook generation is less materialistic, more sophisticated about design, more socially connected, more inclined to share what they’re doing than what they bought, and more apt to take newfound wealth and start a company. They want to live in Palo Alto (or its like) and be in the mix — talking to people, going out and doing things. Long driveways don’t make them sigh with longing; they make them yawn loudly. This generation’s preferences in housing type, remodels, décor and location is showing up in the sudden popularity of transitional and modern architecture, along with a move away from traditional homes in distant cul-de-sacs, no matter how nicely landscaped. To me, a long-time observer of mores, moods and the movers and

SALES AT A GLANCE East Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $183,000 Highest sales price: $410,000

Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $196,500 Highest sales price: $2,400,000

Los Altos

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $685,000 Highest sales price: $4,336,000

Total sales reported: 13 Lowest sales price: $334,000 Highest sales price: $1,640,000

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Source: California REsource

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $560,000 Highest sales price: $560,000

HOME SALES Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

East Palo Alto 227 Daphne Way Leroy Investment to J. & C. Gross for $410,000 on 7/12/12 926 Garden St. Bostic Trust to L. Villanueva for $300,000 on 7/5/12 1165 Laurel Ave. A. Fierros to S. Perez for $245,000 on 7/9/12; previous sale 6/06, $610,000 1770 Tulane Ave. R. Guerrero to M. Gutierrez for $183,000 on 7/6/12; previous sale 11/03, $365,000 279 Verbena Drive Federal National Mortgage to I. & C. Gonzalez for $320,000 on 7/10/12

Los Altos 4388 El Camino Real #248 S. & E. Krasnyansky to V. Sherkat for $685,000 on 7/20/12; previous sale 8/09, $630,000 187 Garland Way Sweat Trust to Z. & A. Rowe for $4,336,000 on 7/20/12; previous sale 8/00, $1,905,000 1072 Parma Way Steding Trust to P. & J. Simonsen for $2,000,000 on 7/20/12 1248 Stanwirth Court M. Bechtel to A. Zabreyko for $1,950,000 on 7/20/12; previous sale 10/95, $620,000

321 Toyon Ave. W. Ramsey to T. Brinkman for $1,400,000 on 7/20/12

Mountain View 836 Excell Court Kearney Trust to J. Klein for $560,000 on 7/23/12; previous sale 4/00, $480,000

Palo Alto 2075 Bowdoin St. T. McCabe to G. Ding for $906,000 on 7/20/12; previous sale 11/85, $118,000 318 Grant Ave. S. Mihara to S. Liang for $196,500 on 7/20/12 830 Lytton Ave. B. & J. Liu to U. & K. Sahasrabuddhe for $2,400,000 on 7/20/12; previous sale 6/08, $1,640,000

Redwood City 1014 Alameda de las Pulgas Follansbee Trust to M. Cobaleda for $725,500 on 7/11/12 7 Channel Drive D. Ashton to J. & L. Kelly for $940,000 on 7/10/12; previous sale 8/04, $1,010,000 856 Corriente Point Drive Mcnamara Trust to A. Behari for $1,640,000 on 7/5/12; previous sale 12/04, $1,499,000 4 Country Lane M. & W. Custer to K. Cook for $715,000 on 7/5/12 965 Emerald Hill Road J. & J. Given to D. Kim for $1,160,000 on 7/10/12 4004 Farm Hill Blvd. #207 B. Ild to B. & G. Lau for $360,000 on 7/9/12; previous sale 11/85, $122,000 2331 Harding Ave. J. Almon to K. Lau for $1,075,000 on 7/11/12; previous sale 5/03, $890,000

29 Hudson St. K. Hunkapiller to Manak Trust for $1,390,000 on 7/6/12; previous sale 4/05, $1,562,000 1404 Kentfield Ave. F. & A. Liviz to M. & M. Bergeron for $708,000 on 7/12/12; previous sale 5/99, $489,000 91 Pelican Lane Belvel Trust to K. Schofield for $426,000 on 7/12/12; previous sale 6/97, $219,000 10 Portofino Circle Kohn Trust to L. Popky for $1,081,000 on 7/10/12; previous sale 1/03, $790,000 103 Shorebird Circle A. Noriega to M. & S. Gilmore for $334,000 on 7/10/12; previous sale 5/05, $460,000 110 Wheeler Ave. Barbour Trust to Kwok Trust for $800,000 on 7/6/12

BUILDING PERMITS Menlo Park 111 Yale Road T. Curran, solar photovoltaic system, $40,000 4700 Bohannon Drive KR Menlo Park LLC, minor commercial tenant improvement on the second floor, $75,000 19 Nancy Way J. Fox, replace rotten section of kitchen drain line and install new sewer cleanout, $2,211 135 E. Creek Drive R. Holmes, connect existing sewer pipe to lateral, $800 2825 Sand Hill Road Leland Stanford Jr. University, commercial kitchen remodel in a hotel, $100,000 1810 White Oak Drive O. Mizrahi, two-story single-family residence

shakers of the Peninsula, this shift toward a close-knit community and away from an expansive lawn on a large piece of land feels like a lasting shift. Why? Because — to use a transit metaphor — the mental infrastructure is already in place. The popularity of bicycling has been building for 10 years to the point where a 25-year-old doesn’t see biking to work as revolutionary; he sees it as a very cool way to be sensible. It’s the same with restaurants where local and sustainable have evolved into the highest values; valet parking your SUV is a bad way to start dinner. Baby Boomers, for their part, are doing what empty nesters traditionally do: downsize. They’re selling bigger houses with bigger lots and buying smaller homes. Some are simply cashing out to put retirement money in the bank, but many empty nesters, like Millennials, are vigorously pursuing a new lifestyle where the car sits there more while the car’s owners walk there more. As these boomers see it, a smaller house in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood equals a more satisfying life. And don’t think you’re safe in moving out of our area, because

including basement (5,862 sq. ft.), $852,150 2500 Sand Hill Road Sand Hill Place Assoc. Sub-Lessee, interior commercial tenant improvement, $790,000 745 Partridge Ave. J. Tanabe, residential re-roof, $11,360 850 Willow Road SMA Management LLC, commercial tenant improvement, $75,000 423 Chester St. V. Valencia, reroof, $8,390 824 Cambridge Ave. J. Solomon, master bath remodel, $17,000 733 Central Ave. G. Jahn, beam repair in family room, electrical upgrade, $1,000 812 Santa Cruz Ave. Santa Cruz Ave. LLC, sewer lateral repair and clean out, $5,000 947 Lee Drive Whitehall Properties LLC, kitchen and bath remodel, $15,000 1485 Bay Laurel Drive J. Nootbaar, single-story addition of 57 sq. ft. and interior alteration, $225,000 1601 Willow Road Building 15 Wilson Menlo Park Campus LLC, commercial tenant improvement, first floor cafÈ, $6,400,000 555 Oakfield Lane Kelly-Gordon Development Corp., 3,687-sq.-ft. single-family residence with detached garage, $585,000 213 Blackburn Ave. M. Meyerhof, sewer-line replacement, $5,000 1131 Cotton St. B. Yick, bath remodel, $15,000 12 Anderson Way T. Brackney, reroof, $19,000 1334 Carlton Ave. D. Moore, reroof, $13,000 255 Terminal Ave. L. Hodges, a 1,660-sq.-ft. addition to singlefamily residence, $163,000 2303 Loma Prieta Lane P. Choudhry, single-story addition (1,280 sq. ft.), $301,000 316 Grayson Court K. Cromie, bath remodel, $5,000 12 Greenwood Place L. Hernandez, service upgrade from 100 amp to 200 amp, $1,000 7 Lassen Court R. Reis, residential interior alteration and roof alteration, $137,000

Palo Alto 991 Addison Ave. M. & A. Hirsch, new garage, $10,692 1091 Emerson St. Emerson Street Partners, new garage, $12,052 575 Oxford Ave. LCI Properties, $370,000 731 Christine Drive J. Pao, re-

this is a national trend. According to real estate research firm Zillow, the highest price per square foot in the Washington, D.C., metro area in the year 2000 was large-lot suburb of Great Falls, Va. Ten years later urban homes in the urbane Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington cost 70 percent more per square foot than homes in Great Falls. So if you’re a boomer who thinks this pattern is in your future, you may want to jump the gun by making the move now. According to Pew Research Center the 79-million-member Baby Boom generation makes up 26 percent of the United States population and the first members turned 65 on Jan. 1, 2011. Since then and every day for the next 18 years about 10,000 boomers will be reaching the 65 milestone. That is a lot of houses sold and condos bought. The Boomers warmed up by making music rock and roll. Now they are going to do the same thing to real estate. N Michael Dreyfus founded boutique brokerage Dreyfus Properties, with offices in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, in 2000. He can be reached at mdreyfus@dreyfusproperties.com.

place windows, $9,000 1087 Moreno Ave. C. Reid, bump out master bedroom wall, $20,000 35 Tulip Lane E. Risberg, remodel kitchen, $27,000 1145 Hamilton Ave. A. Stauffer, new lighting, $2,400 2299 Tasso St. R. Persico, remodel bathroom, $7,000 3600 W. Bayshore Road 3600 West Bayshore Road LLC, offices and electrical, $293,000 515 Homer N. Fritz, remodel kitchen and bathrooms, $37,960 618 Wildwood Lane W. & C. Alvarado, add bedroom and bath and relocate kitchen, $175,364 265 Lytton Ave. King Asset Management, interior build out for new tenant, $2,745,055 255 Lytton Ave King Asset Management, tenant improvement, $165,000 2682 Cowper St. J. Wanless & G. Rauch, kitchen remodel, $15,000 3475 Deer Creek Road SAP, upgrades to exterior walkways, $125,000 209 Hamilton Ave. Getco LLC, new partitions, doors, ceiling, $265,4000 1044 Embarcadero Road P. Raehavan, new kitchen and bath, $67,000 1082 Colorado Ave. City of Palo Alto, three new antenna to existing transmitter, $n/a 729 Florales Drive N. & E. Bonnet, addition and remodeling, $370,000 721 Chestnut Court C. & C. Gleason, addition of first-floor room, $40,000 879 Garland Drive remodel two bathrooms, $15,000 3500 Deer Creek Road Stanford University, equipment expansion, $60,000 1310 Bryant St. Castilleja School, interior renovation of two-story building, $175,000 1524 Dana M. Varadarajan, two new bathrooms, $13,000 180 El Camino Real Simon Property, enhancement project of Coach store, $40,000 2410 Ramona St. R. & K. Saket, second-story addition, $280,500; new roof to existing garage, $4,400 3401 Hillview WMWare, temporary trailer and ramp, $15,000 3434 Alma Village D.R. Horton, convert garage, $30,000 3600 W. Bayshore Road 3600 W. Bayshore Road LLC, interior demo, $n/a

3255 El Camino Real WHG Inc., demo existing pool, $n/a 757 Seminole Way C. Li, kitchen and bath remodel, $25,309 3075 Hansen Way Equity Office Management, tenant improvement, $363,773 3226 Waverley St. P. Li, accessory structure, $5,760 1505 Byron St. K. & D. Miller, remodel kitchen and dining room, $48,000 3192 Maddux Drive T.Bostrom, house addition, $70,800 525 University Ave. PAOC LLC, tenant improvement for law office, $325,000 876 Southampton Drive Z. Osborne, new windows, $6,102 590 Forest D. Holvick, remove and replace interior walls, $22,000 3431 Hillview Ave. Stanford Real Estate, three-level parking garage, $14,200,000 3149 Ross Road J. Wartenburgh, remodel bathroom, $18,000 1985 Louis Road First Congregational Church, window replacement, $35,000 76 Homer Ave. S. Smith, bath remodel, $7,500 260 Sheridan Ave. H. Holbach, replace antennas, $16,900 3945 Nelson Drive E. Keller, gas to grill and firepit, $3,000 3409 Kenneth Drive R.K. Parthasatat, bath and bedroom remodel, $15,000

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ATHERTON 3 Bedrooms 29 De Bell Dr $2,800,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456 1 Walnut Av Call for price Sat/Sun 1-4:30 Coldwell Banker 325-6161

4 Bedrooms 95 Reservoir Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,395,000 323-7751

LOS ALTOS

$4,250,000 941-7040 $3,995,000 323-1111

1070 Mercedes Av #5 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$595,000 529-1111

3 Bedrooms Coldwell Banker

$1,399,000 941-7040

4 Bedrooms 180 Marvin Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 131 Fremont Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 790 Mora Dr Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,195,000 941-1111 $1,398,000 941-1111 $1,795,000 941-1111

5 Bedrooms 231 Hawthorne Av Sun Coldwell Banker 124 Bridgton Ct Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$3,090,000 941-7040 $5,995,000 941-1111

LOS ALTOS HILLS 3 Bedrooms 28008 Natoma Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,598,000 941-7040

4 Bedrooms 11559 Hillpark Ln $2,449,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 12100 S El Monte Rd $2,150,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 27515 Moody Rd $1,188,000 Sun Zane, Macgregor & Company 324-9900 14511 DeBell Rd $2,499,000 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 851-1961

HOME OF THE WEEK

6+ Bedrooms 12180 Kate Dr Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 14790 Manuella Rd Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 12797 Normandy Ln Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$7,995,000 323-1111 $6,995,000 324-4456 $5,500,000 462-1111

905 Cowper St Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

49 Politzer Dr Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,795,000 462-1111

2 Bedrooms - Condominium 1204 Sharon Park Dr #85 Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 1280 Sharon Park Dr #28 Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 1160 #B Pine St Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,130,000 323-7751 $859,000 323-7751 $775,000 324-4456

3 Bedrooms 1244 Hoover St $1,350,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456 1031 Berkeley Av $1,395,000 Sat 1-4 Coldwell Banker 323-7751 143 Oak Ct $995,000 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 325-6161 3358 Alameda De Las Pulgas $1,198,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 323-7751 1053 Sonoma Av $1,200,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 189 Buckthorn Wy $779,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 346 Stanford Av $1,418,500 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 325-6161 2359 Branner Dr $1,749,000 Sun 1-4 Morgan Lashley Distinctive Prop 326-5700 1328 Orange Av $1,189,000 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 325-6161 657 College Av $1,795,000 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 325-6161

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5 Bedrooms

3717 STARR KING CIRCLE PALO ALTO OPEN SUNDAY 1:30-4:30 4 bedrooms, 2 baths Offered at $1,275,000

SungHee Clemenson 804-0863 3 Bedrooms - Condominium 150 Alma St #215 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$868,000 325-6161

2051 Gordon Av Sun Coldwell Banker 1360 Arbor Rd Sun Coldwell Banker 1072 Cascade Dr Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,798,000 323-7751 $3,450,000 851-2666 $2,380,000 462-1111

5 Bedrooms 530 Saint Francis Pl Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 348 Lennox Av Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,300,000 462-1111 $3,850,000 323-7751

4 Bedrooms 618 Beach Dr Sat/Sun 12-4

Sereno Group

675 Chiquita Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 138 Iris Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$8,000,000 (831) 251-1985

2030 W Middlefield Rd #1 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

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PORTOLA VALLEY 380 Escobar Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,450,000 851-1961

4 Bedrooms 158 Wayside Rd Sun Coldwell Banker 45 Joaquin Rd Sun Coldwell Banker 245 Cervantes Rd Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,425,000 851-2666 $1,695,000 851-2666 $2,295,000 323-1111

468 Westridge Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$4,395,000 851-1961

REDWOOD CITY 3 Bedrooms 465 5th Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 2465 Massachusetts Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 2454 Palm Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$548,000 323-7751 $835,000 941-7040 $768,000 323-7751

2346 Hilo Ct Sun 1-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 3355 Milton Ct Sat/Sun 12-5 Deleon Realty 2368 Laura Lane Sat/Sun Erika Enos

142 Garnet Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$999,950 529-1111

SUNNYVALE 152 S Bernardo Av Sun Coldwell Banker 1065 Saginaw Te #304 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$548,000 941-7040 $508,880 462-1111

3 Bedrooms $735,000 941-7040 $1,550,000 323-1111 $1,698,000 380-1420 $899,900 704-0445

876 Hollenbeck Av Sat Coldwell Banker 154 S Bernardo Av Sun Coldwell Banker

$838,000 325-6161 $648,000 941-7040

WOODSIDE 2 Bedrooms 135 Dean Rd Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,195,000 529-1111

3 Bedrooms

PALO ALTO 2 Bedrooms 664 Hamilton Av $988,888 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker (510) 608-7600 567 Kendall Av $1,139,000 Sat/Sun Sereno Group 245-0245 812 Boyce Av $1,598,000 Sat/Sun Zane MacGregor & Co 533-7006 1129 Tuolumne Ln #51 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 4250 El Camino Real #A 307 Sun Coldwell Banker 685 High St #5E Sun Coldwell Banker 584 Thain Wy Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

6 Estrada Pl $1,279,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 452 Lakeview Wy $1,750,000 Sun 452Lakeview@gmail.com 995-6524

2 Bedrooms - Condominium $1,149,000 941-7040 $999,000 324-4456

2 Bedrooms - Condominium Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 630 Ramona Street Palo Alto, CA 94301

$5,480,000 323-1111

3 Bedrooms $575,000 941-7040 $525,000 941-7040

4 Bedrooms

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896 Melville Av Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

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3 Bedrooms - Townhouse

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6+ Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

MONTEREY

3 Bedrooms

Call for price

$3,995,000 324-4456 $2,850,000 462-1111 $2,898,000 520-3407

5 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

MOUNTAIN VIEW

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1820 Bryant St Sun Coldwell Banker 171 Cowper St Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 3856 Magnolia Dr Sat/Sun DeLeon Realty

3 Bedrooms

173 Sierra Vista Av #6 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 2091 San Luis Av #6 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

bedrooms with large closets ❖ Two full baths, one remodeled ❖ Living room with fireplace, wall of windows viewing to specimen tall trees & fern garden ❖ Hardwood floors newly refinished ❖ Updated Eat-in Kitchen, granite backsplash & bar-stool seating

$1,215,000 323-1111

25 Erstwild Ct $2,495,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456 910 Matadero Av $2,600,000 Sat/Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

2 Bedrooms - Townhouse

❖ Three

$1,450,000 325-6161 $998,000 851-2666 $1,475,000 323-1111 $1,250,000 380-1420

3 Bedrooms - Townhouse

2 Bedrooms

Atherton Home, 10K+ Lot Menlo Park Schools ■

156 Tennyson Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 3377 Ross Rd Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 851 Seale Av Sat/Sun 12-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 4303 Miranda Av Sun DeLeon Realty

4 Bedrooms

1 Walnut Avenue, Atherton

OPEN Sat/Sun

3 Bedrooms

FEATURED

MENLO PARK

2 Bedrooms - Condominium

Ranchita Dr Sat/Sun

24595 Voorhees Dr Sun Coldwell Banker 11885 Francemont Av Sun 1-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors

Unless otherwise noted, all times are 1:30-4:30 pm

$849,000 325-6161 $559,000 941-7040 $985,000 324-4456 $898,000 941-1111

20 Tripp Ct Sun

Coldwell Banker

$2,495,000 323-7751

4 Bedrooms 275 Josselyn Ln $9,200,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 851-2666 112 Alta Mesa Rd $2,195,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456 20777 Skyline Bl $2,599,000 Sat/Sun 12-3:30 Coldwell Banker 941-7040 116 Blakewood Wy $1,375,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

5 Bedrooms 16379 Skyline Bl Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 465 Eleanor Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$5,700,000 851-2666 $2,998,000 323-7751


LOS ALTOS OFFICE

650.941.1111

B Y APPOINTMEN T LOS ALTOS HILLS Exceptional 5bd/5.5ba gated estate with bay, city and hillside views. 10-car garage, 2.16+/-ac. $19,800,000

MENLO PARK OFFICE

PALO ALTO OFFICE

MENLO PARK OFFICE

PALO ALTO OFFICE

OP EN SUNDAY MENLO PARK 1620 Tudor Dr Updated, traditional-style 3bd/2ba single-story home set on a beautiful showcase lot. $2,245,000

650.323.1111

O P E N S U N D AY PALO ALTO 896 Melville Ave Prime Community Center. Spacious floor plan with 7bd/6.5ba and hardwood floors on 3 levels. $5,480,000

650.462.1111

WOODSIDE OFFICE

650.529.1111

B Y A P P O I N T ME N T PALO ALTO 3bd/2.5ba home sits comfortably on it own private, 12+/-ac, sunny knoll. $1,435,000

LOS ALTOS OFFICE

650.941.1111

OPEN SATURD AY A ND SUND AY LOS ALTOS 124 Bridgton Ct Grand estate in resort-like setting. 5bd/5ba and 2 half baths. Beautifully landscaped 21,028+/-sf lot. $5,595,000

B Y A P P O I N T ME N T PALO ALTO 5bd/5.5ba, 7300+/-sf on 1+/-ac. 1bd/2ba, 900+/-sf guesthouse, pool and spa. $15,000,000

650.462.1111

OP EN SUNDAY LOS ALTOS HILLS 12797 Normandy Ln European country manor on 1+/-ac close to town. 7bd/5.5ba, pool and spa. $5,500,000

650.323.1111

PALO ALTO OFFICE

650.323.1111

OPEN SATURD AY A ND SUND AY PALO ALTO 3424 Cowper Ct Custom built in 2006. Sunlit, spacious home with 7bd/5.5ba. Gunn High School. $2,498,000

LOS ALTOS OFFICE

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BY A PPOINTMENT LOS ALTOS Desirable Highlands area. 3bd/2ba home tucked away from the street. 9900+/-sf. $1,195,000

 

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657 COLLEGE AV, MENLO PARK

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 3 BR 2.5 BA Desirable Maple Manor property of approx 1AC offers a level lot w/lush mature landscaping. Janet Dore & John Spiller 650.324.4456

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 3 BR 2 BA 10,000+sf Atherton property surrounded by tall trees. Updated kit, new paint & HW floors. Jackie Copple 650.325.6161

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 3 BR 2 BA Single-level. Welldesigned. Quality finishes. Gourmet kit. Opulent master bed/bath suite. Nancy Goldcamp 650.325.6161

$1,795,000

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 3 BR 2 BA Convenient west MP location. Oak floors, FP, private fenced rear yard. Las Lomitas schools Dorothy Gurwith 650.325.6161

1328 ORANGE AV MENLO PARK

$1,189,000

1280 SHARON PARK DRIVE #28MENLO PARK $859,000

1160 PINE ST #BMENLO PARK

25 ERSTWILD CT PALO ALTO

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 3 BR 2 BA Abundant light, open floorplan, LR/DR/FR. HW floors. Sep office/workshop. Gardens galore! Dan Ziony 650.325.6161

Sun 1 - 4 | 2 BR 2 BA Light & bright w/spacious 2 separate BR suites. Meticulously maintained w/golf course vu. Maya & Jason Sewald 650.323.7751

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 2 BR 2 BA Downtown living at its best! Remodeled, high ceilings, ground flr, 2-car secured parking. Brigid Van Randall 650.324.4456

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 4 BR 3 BA Updated and expanded home in the heart of Green Gables! 4BR+office. Move right in! Pam Hammer & Katie Riggs 650.324.4456

20 TRIPP COURT, WOODSIDE

$775,000

346 STANFORD AV MENLO PARK

$1,418,500

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$985,000

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 2 BR 2.5 BA Near downtown! Two story condo w/cathedral ceiling, wood burning FP. Two car parking. Sue Crawford 650.324.4456

$3,395,000

4 BR 3.5 BA Stunning 2-story hm on 1.04 ac.Las Lomitas Schls! Keri Nicholas, 650.323.7751

LOS ALTOS HILLS

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 14790 Manuella Rd $6,995,000 7 BR 7.5 BA Unparalleled luxury & landmark architecture Hanna Shacham, 650.324.4456

Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 14511 DeBell Road $2,499,000 4BR/3BA Country Living - Four bedroom home on a sunny 1+ acre. Close to town. K. Christie & J. Matlock/ Ed Graziani 851.1961

$4,950,000

5 BR 4 full BA + 2 half Well appointed home w/ study & gym. Price Reduced! Carla Priola-Anisman, 650.851.2666

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 348 Lennox Av

$3,850,000

5 BR 4.5 BA Stunning home in prime Felton Gables Keri Nicholas, 650.323.7751

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 1360 Arbor Rd

$3,450,000

4 BR 4 BA One level, mid-century Steinberg home on 1/2 acre. Chris Taelemans, 650.851.2666

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 2051 Gordon Av

$1,798,000

4 BR 2 BA Stunning 2-Story home in prime MP! Keri Nicholas, 650.323.7751

Sat 1 - 4 1031 Berkeley

$5,700,000

Sun 1 - 4 | 5 BR 6 full BA + 2 half Gated, spectacular compound. Infinity pool, 6+ car garage, guest house, expansive bay vws. Sarah Rivers 650.851.2666

$1,350,000

$1,395,000

3 BR 2 BA Contemp floorplan includes fam rm/kit w/ granite. Maya & Jason Sewald, 650.323.7751

$2,495,000

230 STAR HILL ROAD WOODSIDE $1,595,000

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 | 3 BR 2 BA Elegant living room, gourmet kitchen on 1 acre in central Woodside. Keri Nicholas 650.323.7751

Sun 1 - 4 | 3 BR 3 BA Large custom home on 2AC w/ stunning ocean vu, hi ceilings, MSTR STE, great kitc, tranquil. Valerie Trenter 650.323.7751

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 664 Hamilton Av #G $988,888

Central Woodside

3 BR 2.5 BA Sophisticated hm in downtown MP. Att 1-car garage. Lyn Jason Cobb & Regan Byers, 650.324.4456

2 BR 2.5 BA Light & bright unit. Courtyrd w/garden & fountain. Maha Najjar, 650.325.6161

7 BR 6 BA Mostly level 10.4 ac property w/Western Hills vws. Ed Kahl, 650.851.2666

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 1129 Tuolumne Ln #51 $849,000

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 275 Josselyn Ln

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 3358 Alameda

2 BR 2.5 BA Gorgeous South Palo Alto condo. Built in 2009! DiPali Shah, 650.325.6161

4 BR 3 BA Exceptional 8.9 ac property with amazing views. Erika Demma, 650.851.2666

PORTOLA VALLEY

Magnificently Renovated

$1,198,000

3 BR 2 BA Stunning,remod open flrpln.Gourmet kit w/ island. Keri Nicholas, 650.323.7751

Stunning!

$1,130,000

2 BR 2 BA Fabulous details, open kitchen. Beautiful views! Maya & Jason Sewald, 650.323.7751

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 143 Oak Ct

$995,000

3 BR 2 BA Cottage-style home. Rural setting near Palo Alto. Nancy Goldcamp, 650.325.6161

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 150 Alma St #215 $868,000

MENLO PARK

Central Menlo Park

16379 SKYLINE BL, WOODSIDE

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 1244 Hoover St

ATHERTON

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 95 Reservoir Road

PRI

3 BR 2 BA Chic Menlo Park condo on Palo Alto border. Nancy Goldcamp, 650.325.6161

5BR/4.5BA Incredible opportunity in Westridge. Bay views! Dean Asborno 650.851.1961

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 380 Escobar Rd

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 138 Iris Dr

$999,000

3 BR 2.5 BA Dramatic 3-yr-old downtown Mtn. View home. Elaine White, 650.324.4456

Sun 1:30 - 4:30 45 Joaquin Rd

$3,995,000

5 BR 4.5 BA Outstanding gem in the heart of Old Palo Alto! Hanna Shacham, 650.324.4456

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 156 Tennyson Av $1,450,000 3 BR 2 BA Convenient location. Main level BR/BA. Lrg patio. Nancy Goldcamp, 650.325.6161

Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 3377 Ross Rd

$998,000

3 BR 1 BA Single story w/pool built in 1958 on 6700 sf lot. Buffy Bianchini, 650.851.2666

Los Altos 650.941.7040 | Palo Alto 650.325.6161

$1,695,000

4 BR 3 BA Beautifully landscaped, spacious home w/ Mtn views. Jean Isaacson/Paul Skrabo, 650.851.2666

$1,425,000

4 BR 2 BA Sophisticated home with magnificent LR/DR. Jean & Chris Isaacson, 650.851.2666

REDWOOD CITY

$1,349,000

3 BR 1 full BA + 2 half 1915 Craftsman has been exquisitely updated. Valerie Dakin, 650.323.7751

Cute Home On Large Lot!

$849,000

2 BR 2 BA Charming home on large lot west of Alameda! DiPali Shah, 650.325.6161

WOODSIDE

Prime Location!

$9,200,000 $8,900,000

5 BR 6.5 BA Country estate in central Woodside on over 4 AC. Jim McCahon, 650.851.2666

Central Woodside

$6,500,000

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement OVERSEA CHINESE AFFAIRS ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OCAA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567182 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Oversea Chinese Affairs Association of Northern California, 2.) OCAA, located at 1010 Moffett Circle, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): WEI WANG 1010 Moffett Circle Palo Alto, CA 94303 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 11, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 11, 2012. (PAW July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 2012) JF STUDIO OG STUDIO GW STUDIO iMOB SUDIO RoD STUDIO MZONE MACHINEZONE KNIGHTS STUDIO FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567445 The following entities (are) doing business as: 1.) JF Studio, 2.) OG Studio, 3.) GW Studio, 4.) iMob Studio, 5.) RoD Studio, 6.) MZone 7.) MachineZone, 8.) Knights Studio, located at 555 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The businesses are owned by: MACHINE ZONE, INC. 555 Hamilton Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to

transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 18, 2012. (PAW July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 2012) NEATLINE CREATIVE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567399 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Neatline Creative, located at 138 Rinconada Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CHRISTY AMBROSE 138 Rinconada Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301 ALICE O. PHILIPS Apt. 17, 8 Clement Ave. London, UK SW47BF Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1, July 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 17, 2012. (PAW July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 2012) ALCOR BIOSEPARATIONS LLC ARROYO MICROFLUIDICS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567531 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Alcor Bioseparations LLC, 2.) Arroyo Microfluidics, located at 1031 Moffett Circle, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ALCOR BIOSEPARATIONS LLC. 1031 Moffett Cir. Palo Alto, CA 94303 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 6/13/02. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 19, 2012. (PAW Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) SAGE COLLEGE ADVISING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567583 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Sage College Advising, located at 343 Kellogg Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County.

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This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): PEARL GLAVES 343 Kellogg Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 23, 2012. (PAW Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) CHANTAL GUILLON FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567829 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Chantal Guillon, located at 444 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CGPA, INC. 444 University Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 27, 2012. (PAW Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) EXPLORE REAL ESTATE EXPLORE! REAL ESTATE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567991 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Explore Real Estate, 2.) Explore! Real Estate, located at 2625 Middlefield Road, #101, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): GO GROUP INCORPORATED 2625 Middlefield Rd., #101 Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 08/01/2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 1, 2012. (PAW Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) PZI FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567769 The following person (persons) is (are)

Midtown Realty, Inc. 2775 MiddleďŹ eld Rd., Palo Alto Phone: (650) 321-1596 Fax (650) 328-1809 License # 01900986 doing business as: PZI, located at 994 Harliss Ave. Ap. #1, San Jose, CA 95110, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ANA LAURA ROBLES Harliss Ave. #1 San Jose, CA 95110 JARED BROOKS 994 Harlliss Ave. #1 San Jose, CA 95110 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 26, 2012. (PAW Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) LIA ADAMS CONSULTING ADAMS TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 567949 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Lia Adams Consulting, 2.) Adams Technical Communication, located at 2845 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): LIA ADAMS 2845 Waverley St. Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 1, 2012. (PAW Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) LET ME HELP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 568027 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Let Me Help, located at 446 Forest Ave. #3, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): THEA SEWELL 446 Forest Ave #3 Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 2, 2012. (PAW Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE Trustee Sale No. 748626CA Loan No. 0699897369 Title Order No. 110199678-CA-MAI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 06-092005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 08-24-2012 at 11:00 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 06-17-2005, Book , Page , Instrument 18426500 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of SANTA CLARA County, California, executed by: FRANCIS FISCHBACH, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: AT THE NORTH MARKET STREET ENTRANCE TO THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 191 NORTH MARKET STREET, SAN JOSE, CA 95113 Legal Description: PARCEL ONE: AN UNDIVIDED 1/20 IN AND TO LOT 1 OF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;TRACT NO. 4965 JEFFERSON CONDOMINIUMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; A MAP OF WHICH WAS FILED FOR RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ON JUNE 27, 1974, IN BOOK 342 OF MAPS, AT PAGE 27. EXCEPTING THEREFROM THE FOLLOWING: A. UNITS 1 TO 20 AS SHOWN UPON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN ENTITLED â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;CONDOMINIUM PLAN FOR

LOT 1, TRACT NO. 4965 JEFFERSON CONDOMINIUMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; WHICH PLAN WAS FILED FOR RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ON JULY 22, 1974 IN BOOK 8003, PAGES 456 TO 473 INCLUSIVE. B. THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO POSSESSION OF ALL THOSE AREAS DESIGNATED AS BALCONIES (B) PATIOS (P), GARAGE STORAGE SPACES(S) AND PARKING STALL (G) AS SHOWN UPON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN ABOVE REFERRED TO. PARCEL TWO: UNIT 15, AS SHOWN UPON THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN ABOVE REFERRED TO. PARCEL THREE: THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO POSSESSION AND OCCUPANCY OF THOSE PORTIONS OF LOT DESCRIBED IN PARCEL ONE ABOVE DESIGNATED AS â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;B-15â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;G-15â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; AND â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S-15â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, AS APPURTENANT TO PARCELS ONE AND TWO ABOVE DESCRIBED. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $316,165.75(estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 1915 MOUNT VERNON COURT #15 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94040 APN Number: 154-20-015 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold â&#x20AC;&#x153;as isâ&#x20AC;?. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 07-27-2012 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee MARIA MAYORGA MARIA MAYORGA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THE FOLLOWING NOTICES APPLY TO PROPERTIES CONTAINING ONE TO FOUR SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES ONLY.

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