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Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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Mr. 'Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo' to play Los Altos Bar & Grill

What venue would a 1970s chart-topping rock guitarist like Rick Derringer choose to play to celebrate his 50th birthday?

Why, the Los Altos Bar & Grill, of course.

Derringer, whose claim to rock 'n' roll fame includes such hits as "Hang On Sloopy" and "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo," is scheduled to play 8:30-11 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Aug. 5.

He first gained popularity at 16, with his band, the McCoys, and their hit record, "Hang On Sloppy" in the summer of 1965.

Immediately following the demise of the McCoys in 1969, Derringer merged his talents with albino blues rocker, Johnny Winter.

It was the beginning of a long association with both Johnny and Edgar Winter as singer, player, songwriter, and producer (he's produced every Gold or Platinum recording that they've made).

Derringer's first solo album, "All American Boy" was released in 1973 and included the definitive version of his best-known song, "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo."

In the same year, Derringer was again included as guitarist/writer and producer of Johnny Winter's "Still Alive and Well," and as player/producer of Edgar's biggest hit album, "They Only Come Out At Night," featuring the No. 1, Grammy-nominated hit, "Frankenstein."

Derringer went solo again in 1976 with Derringer Band, a group which included throughout several incarnations, then unknown musicians Neil Geraldo and Myron Grumbacher, who went ahead to become famous with Pat Benatar.

During the 1980s he worked with and wrote for a variety of performers, from Barbra Streisand to Weird Al Yankovic.

Derringer has returned to performing blues in the 1990s. His latest release, "Electra Blues," stays true to the blues tradition and runs the gamut from grinding slow blues to steaming shuffles.

His next CD, called "Tend the Fire," is already out in Europe.

Tickets are $15. The Los Altos Bar & Grill is located at 169 Main St., Los Altos.

For tickets, call 948-4332.

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