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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

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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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Dont send exercise routine into hibernation

Even in sunny California, it can be easy to abandon good exercise habits at this time of year, when days are short and the weather grows colder. As a 16-year Colorado native, I’m well aware how challenging it can be to stay fit during the winter months.

Following are some simple, effective ways to keep yourself and your family active throughout the winter – whether you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors. Encourage your children to be active with you – this is one of the best ways to help them grow to be healthy adults.

Create a home gym. You don’t need expensive equipment or a lot of space to get a good workout. Most of us can find a small spot to do yoga or an exercise video. Strength-train your major muscles with hand weights, resistance bands or even a heavy soup can.

Dance. Dance around your living room with your family or gather your friends for a night out on the dance floor.

Climb stairs. At home or at the office, take the stairs as often as possible. Climb up and down until you break a sweat.

Jump rope. This intense exercise can be done anywhere and it’s a fun workout for children.

Be a “domestic athlete.” Cleaning closets and washing windows or floors can count as exercise. Encourage your children to participate as well – think how much faster the housework will be done.

Join a gym or take a fitness class at a community center. Many health clubs offer a wide range of activities, from kickboxing to indoor swimming, for both adults and children.

Head outdoors, but do so safely. Dress in warm layers and wear reflective clothing. Start slowly. In colder weather, your body will take longer to warm up.

Turn social activities into physical activities. Get together with friends for an afternoon hike or a game of tennis. Research shows that women who exercise with friends are more likely to lose weight and have healthier lifestyles than those who exercise alone.

Participate in seasonal activities. If traveling to higher elevations or heading to snowy destinations, embrace cold-weather sports such as skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating. Even building a snowman is a good workout.

Join an indoor team league. Consider joining an indoor soccer, volleyball or basketball team and signing your children up for group sports.

The key to cold-weather exercise is to vary activities so you don’t get bored. Set a schedule. Decide which days you will definitely exercise – have backup options for days when weather prohibits some of your choices.

Don’t wait for the last-minute panic of swimsuit season. It’s time to get off the sofa and kick-start your winter workout strategy.

This will help you stay true to your fitness and health goals and will teach your children healthful habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Lisa Samuelson is a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Palo Alto Center.

The PAMF and column editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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