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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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Community Briefs

Day Worker Center schedules forum

Members of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View have scheduled a community forum 7-8:30 p.m. today at the center, 113 Escuela Ave. Participants are invited to ask questions and offer feedback.

Also planned for the event is a presentation on the center’s handicrafts and sewing classes.

For more information, call 903-4102 or visit www.dayworkercentermv.org.

Nominations open for service awards

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations to honor unsung volunteers.

Volunteers will be recognized at the 29th annual luncheon, scheduled Dec. 2 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. Celebrity Forum Speaker Series founder Richard Henning will be a keynote speaker.

Nomination forms have been mailed to 150 organizations.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31. Nominations must be accompanied by two letters of support. To request a form, call Los Altos City Clerk Lee Price at 947-2611 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To fill out a form online, visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov/awards-committee.

Princeton Capital hosts e-waste, shredding event

Princeton Capital has scheduled a free e-waste and shredding event 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at 161 S. Antonio Road.

E-waste will be accepted 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shredding will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the truck is full.

Recyclable items include TVs, batteries, power supplies, computer mice, keyboards, stereo components, cell phones, fax machines, hard drives and oscilloscopes.

‘Shaped by Water’ on tap at museum

The role of water in shaping the history of Santa Clara Valley – and how its use will shape the future – is the subject of the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Shaped by Water: Past, Present, and Future,” scheduled Oct. 8 through April 22.

Through photographs, art, stories and interactive activities, organizers designed the exhibition to give visitors a greater appreciation for the role water plays in daily life and to impart new ideas to protect and preserve the essential resource. To augment the exhibition, the museum has scheduled complementary educational programs and events.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the exhibition, scheduled 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. The Riveropolis opening includes two days of family fun, noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16.

For more information and updates to exhibition programming, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Hidden Villa offers permaculture workshop

Hidden Villa has joined forces with Common Circle Education to offer a two-week permaculture certification workshop in nature connection, leadership and sustainable design. The workshop is scheduled Oct. 23 through Nov. 4 at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Participants can learn how to create sustainable, thriving human systems, from greenhouses to organic gardens and local micro-economies and communities, using sustainable design principles.

The course will combine design skills with leadership, nature connection and a suburban focus, building on the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification curriculum.

Common Circle Education is a sustainable living and permaculture design school.

For more information, visit www.commoncircle.com, call (800) 376-3775 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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