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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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Living Classroom Program earns environmental education award

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The award-winning Living Classroom Program provides garden-based lessons in Los Altos School District classrooms.

The Living Classroom Program, the Los Altos School District’s garden-based science education program, received Acterra’s 2011 Business Environmental Award in the category of Small Environmental Project.

The Living Classroom offers hands-on, inquiry-based science, math and social studies lessons to elementary and middle-school students. The 38 lessons emphasize observational skills, problem-solving and experiential learning. Two dozen trained volunteer docents are teaching 450 sessions in eight schools this school year.

The garden lessons are designed to provide a link to the local environment and encourage students to improve their nutrition through exposure to fresh foods grown in the school gardens. The program serves as a model for other school districts in how to sustain a garden-based education program on a limited budget.

Funding for the Living Classroom comes from private sources, including the David and Lucile Packard, Morgan Family, Los Altos Educational and Los Altos Community foundations; school PTAs; local businesses and individuals; and in-kind donations from area nurseries and garden supply companies.

“The Living Classroom Program of the Los Altos School District has developed 30 gardens at elementary and junior high schools in the district – far more than any similar program we’re aware of – and uses them to bring students into daily contact with the natural environment while teaching them hands-on, inquiry-based lessons in science, math and social studies,” said Walt Hays of Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards Judging Committee. “The program thrives by recruiting volunteer docents, seeking a variety of grants, and procuring major in-kind contributions, from garden materials to Web services. These efforts and achievements have produced a model for environmental education and determination to succeed.”

Acterra, a non-profit organization with a 41-year history of environmental programming in and around Silicon Valley, involves and educates individuals, businesses and communities to take action against global warming, restore natural habitats and cultivate environmental leaders.

Initiated in 1990, Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards is one of the Bay Area’s oldest environmental recognition programs.

“Our awardees must demonstrate their environmental commitment and achievements through a careful vetting process,” said Board President Laura Teksler. “In addition to a thorough written application, the top contenders must demonstrate their programs’ merits firsthand to the judges during a visit to the applicants’ facilities. By the time they are selected to receive our award, they have truly proven that their programs are setting the bar in environmental leadership.”

The Living Classroom Program is scheduled to be honored at the 2011 Business Environmental Awards Reception June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

For more information on Acterra, visit www.acterra.org.

For more information on the Living Classroom Program, visit www.lasdk8.org/garden/Living_Classroom_Website/index.html.

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