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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

Museum's 'Now and Then' events celebrate Silicon Valley: Activities include holiday shopping

Museum's 'Now and Then' events celebrate Silicon Valley: Activities include holiday shopping


The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled two “Now and Then” events that invite visitors to step into two worlds – the “now” of Silicon Valley and the “then” of the Valley of Heart’s Delight – 1-3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 at the museum.

The “Now” r...

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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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View vintage vehicles at upcoming events

Some local residents may not realize how many automotive treasures are parked behind garage doors in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. The owners of these vintage vehicles often display them at community events, such as the ones listed below.

Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade. An array of fine cars will transport pets and their owners down Main Street at the 60th-anniversary event, scheduled May 19.

Annual Los Altos Hills Town Picnic. Nearly 40 vintage cars, tractors, a fire engine and small-combustion engines will be displayed at the 10th annual event, scheduled 1-4 p.m. June 3 on the Little League fields on Purissima Road.

Los Altos Community Picnic. About 30 vehicles - a variety of makes and vintages - will be on display outside the Los Altos History Museum at the annual event. This year's picnic is scheduled Sept. 9 at the Civic Center, Hillview Avenue at San Antonio Road.

Corvette Spectacular Car Show. More than 150 Corvettes, dating from 1953, are expected to line Main Street Sept. 9.

Los Altos Fall Festival. The annual two-day event, scheduled Oct. 6-7, includes an area showcasing more than 100 vehicles - from the classic to the unusual. A marque vehicle is chosen each year, with a car from all the years of that make displayed.

Los Altos High School Homecoming Parade. Ten to 12 vintage cars annually carry the homecoming court and other students down Main Street. This year's parade is scheduled Oct. 12.

Festival of Lights Parade. Marking the beginning of the holiday season, the annual parade features several classic cars transporting the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills down Main Street in Los Altos. The 2007 parade is scheduled Nov. 25.

Los Altos History Museum. Several automobiles are now on display, such as a red 1929 Franklin, a white 1959 Thunderbird and a blue 1955 Oldsmobile, for the "Hooray for the Red, White and Blue" exhibit of historic American flags.

Donut Derelicts. An informal forum of auto enthusiasts meets 8:30 a.m. Saturdays (weather permitting) at Main Street Cafe & Books in downtown Los Altos. Look for their cars in the parking lot behind the cafe on State Street. Members talk cars as they sip coffee and nibble breakfast treats.

Other events near Los Altos include:

Palo Alto Concours de Elegance. Scheduled June 24 at Stanford University.

Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival. Scheduled Aug. 5 at El Camino Park, Palo Alto (across from Stanford Shopping Center).

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