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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Time management can reduce stresses of student life throughout the year

As the lazy summer months near their end, students returning to school will once again need to plan out their busy schedules to balance their academic studies with part-time working hours, club meetings and athletics practice.

When there are so many meetings to attend and tasks to complete, it can be very difficult to make time for studying, relaxing or even sleeping. Having good time-management skills is the surest way to combat such problems.

Adina Glickman, assistant director for peer and academic support at Stanford University, runs a course that teaches study skills and learning strategies to students, with a heavy focus on developing time-management skills.

At such a prestigious and high-level institution as Stanford, the heavy workload can often cause problems for students.

"Stanford runs on the quarter system, with each term being 10 weeks," Glickman said. "Students are given enormous amounts of work at a very rapid pace, and often this forces them to reduce their sleeping hours."

According to Glickman, the keys to effective time management are good organization and prioritizing tasks.

"It is most important to have a written organizational system, whether it be an electronic planner like a Palm Pilot or simply a small paper daily planner with space to write," she said. "Students have to unload millions of details from their heads, to create space in their brains."

Heather Guidice, regional director for Sylvan Learning Center in Mountain View, suggested students write down tasks on a daily action list and cross them out as they complete them. She emphasized setting achievable daily goals, so that a sense of accomplishment can be retained at the end of the day.

Additionally, Guidice said, students should make efforts to understand precisely what it is that teachers expect of them for certain assignments, as a clear understanding saves time down the line.

"Having neat, well-organized notes can also reduce the amount of time needed to get started on study," she said. "Also, having an organized study area, knowing where you keep everything, saves having to waste time looking for things."

Some strategies can be used to make time for other activities.

"Developing routines can be an effective way of managing time, because habits don't require much thought and can free up concentration in your head," Glickman said. "And use small bits of time: Going over notes for class when standing in line for the ATM can save time."

Glickman also said a minimum of six hours' sleep allows for better concentration and time use during the day. Taking a "power nap" in the middle of the day can compensate for a night spent stuck in textbooks.

During the busiest of weeks, bouts of exercise provide a good way to alleviate stress.

"Often when people feel stressed, they take a nap - but really this doesn't solve their problem," Glickman said. "It's better to go for a run, to expend some energy. This allows for their heads to clear."

If students employ some of these strategies, it is likely they will feel less stressed, more satisfied with the work they are doing, and more in control of their life.

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