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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of ...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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