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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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Comment

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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Los Altos non-profit Hoopoe Books invokes oral traditions to promote Afghan literacy

Photo Courtesy Of Booksforafghanistan.org

Children in Afghanistan are learning to read, thanks in part to the efforts of Hoopoe Books, a Los Altos-based non-profit group.

A grant from the U.S. government and the work of a Los Altos-based non-profit has enabled stories from Afghanistan’s centuries-old oral tradition to teach reading and thinking skills to U.S. children since 1998. Now the published stories are being employed for the same purposes in their country of origin.

In 1998, Hoopoe Books, a division of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, began publishing a series of illustrated children’s stories from the storytelling tradition of Afghanistan. To date, more than 600,000 Hoopoe books have been distributed in the U.S., used in schools and educational agencies across the country.

The popularity of the books in the U.S. led Hoopoe to launch a project, Books for Afghanistan, to repatriate the stories to Afghanistan, with a goal to develop the core skills in Afghan children and revitalize a storytelling tradition disrupted by more than three decades of conflict.

With the support of the Afghan Ministry of Education, since 2009 Hoopoe has distributed books and ancillary materials to libraries, schools and orphanages throughout Afghanistan in collaboration with the Khatiz Organization for Rehabilitation.

In summer 2010, Hoopoe’s Books for Afghanistan program came to the attention of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, resulting in a Public Diplomacy Grant award of $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of State to print and distribute more than 2.5 million books.

“Almost three-quarters of all Afghans over the age of 15 are illiterate – a disproportionate number of them female – and 5 million of the country’s 12 million school-age children have no access to education,” said Hoopoe Director Sally Mallam. “The need to increase literacy for all Afghans is vital as their country struggles to achieve stability, autonomy and peace, so there’s a huge amount of work still to be done.”

For more information, visit www.booksforafghanistan.org, email Mallam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 948-0243.

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