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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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Donations needed for CSA's Santa Claus Exchange

As the holiday season gets in full gear, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents are invited to help Community Services Agency bring holiday cheer to the low income families and others in the need in the community.

CSA has opened its traditional "Santa Claus Exchange" this season, for the 39th year, to offer low-income families gifts free of charge for their children this Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, the exchange made Christmas possible for more than 588 local families who were prescreened for eligibility for the program.

Along with toys, games, books and puzzles, the Santa Claus Exchange also provides food to assist families to help prepare holiday meals.

Holiday food baskets are also distributed through CSA's related "Senior Food Gift Basket Program."

There are many ways to participate, said Louise Pahl, CSA's associate director.

"People can collect and donate new or nearly new toys, or provide volunteer help for the exchange,." Pahl said.

Another way to help is to place fliers at your business advertising the exchange, or have a donation barrel at your work place for contributions. Money donations are also needed for the program, she said.

Toys and gifts for the Santa Claus Exchange and food items may be taken to Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CSA will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

They may also be taken to any Mountain View or Los Altos fire station, Mountain View library and the Los Altos main library.

Cash contributions for these programs may be sent by mail to Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, 94043.

Anyone wishing to share the holiday spirit with others in the community should phone CSA's volunteer office at 964-4630 to become a holiday volunteer.

Volunteers are needed for the Santa Claus Exchange, phone answering, assisting with receiving donations, food and gift sorting, gift packing and picking up donations.

For more information, call 968-0836.

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