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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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Health Briefs

SMART recovery for area women

The Self Management and Recovery Training offers a women's support group for those recovering from an alcohol or drug problem. Women are welcome to join the Los Altos group that meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Los Altos United Methodist Church in Room 9. The church is located at the corner of Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue. For more information, call (510) 249-9974.

'Dramatic' progress in HIV/AIDS treatment

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents two doctors discussing what they call "dramatic" progress in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and AIDS from 7 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the PAMF Auditorium, 920 Bryant St. (above Urgent Care), Palo Alto.

Drs. Steven Lane and John Boggs will discuss the latest improvements of this disease. For more information, call 853-4808.

Distinguished Speaker Series: 'Chronic pain'

The Older Adult Resource Center of El Camino Hospital presents Dr. Ken Peters speaking on chronic pain from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Older Adult Resource Center, located behind El Camino Hospital, 2400 Hospital Drive, in Mountain View. For more information, call 988-7622.

Grocery store tour, heart healthy shopper

The Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid Peninsula presents a grocery store tour for the heart healthy shopper at 9 a.m. this Friday at the Los Altos Safeway located on First Street in downtown Los Altos. Cost of the tour is $10. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 494-1300.

All about Medicare

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents a senior talk by insurance expert Connie Corrales from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 28, at the PAMF Auditorium, 920 Bryant St., Palo Alto. For more information, call 853-2960.

Adjusting to vision loss

The Older Adult Resource Center presents a speaker from the Peninsula Center for the Blind who will be addressing emotional reaction to vision loss and what help is available, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., May 29, at the Older Adult Resource Center. Cost is $3, free to members. The Center is located behind El Camino Hospital, 2400 Hospital Drive in Mountain View. For more information, call 988-7622.

Local chiropractor offers health seminars

Carol Irwin, a Los Altos chiropractor at the Spinal Health and Rehabilitation Clinic in the Rancho Shopping Center, presents three seminars, all at 5:30 p.m., during the first two weeks of June. On June 2 she offers, "Coping techniques for reducing stress"; on June 9, "Women and migraines"; and on June 16, "What is pain and how do I get rid of it?"

All are free and open to the public. For more information, call 948-2238.

Two-day class, 55 Alive for seniors

The Older Adult Resource Center presents "55 Alive," a defensive driving program for people over 55. This program, developed by the American Association of Retired Persons, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 and 4 at El Camino Hospital, in the Park Pavilion Rooms L and M, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Cost is $8. For more information, call 988-7622.

PAMF class offered on pediatric asthma

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation presents a class on pediatric asthma beginning June 3. For more information, call 853-2960.

Community blood drive at El Camino Hospital

The Stanford Medical School Blood Center will be holding a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at El Camino Hospital, Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

People must show a photo ID to donate. For an appointment, call 723-7819.

Vital signs: two-sessioncardiovascular assessment

The Older Adult Resource Center of El Camino Hospital offers a two-session cardiovascular health assessment, including a cardiac health report, lipid profile, blood pressure screening and height and weight measurement. This will be held June 10 and 17. Cost is $29. For more information, call 940-7070.

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