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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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School Briefs

LAH group invites residents to redistricting forum

Los Altos Hills Citizens Against Redistricting has scheduled a public meeting 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 in the Bullis-Purissima Elementary School multipurpose room to address residents' questions and concerns about the city council's recent vote to redistrict Los Altos Hills into a separate school district.

Meeting topics include current plans for the Bullis-Purissima site, how redistricting would work and how citizens can fight to ensure that school choice is not taken away from Los Altos Hills' families.

Los Altos Hills Citizens Against Redistricting is a group of residents who say they are frustrated with ongoing school politics, erroneous information and lack of access to neighboring school districts.

The group has invited representatives of the Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto school districts and Los Altos School District board member Mark Goines to participate.

Bullis-Purissima Elementary School is located at 25890 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Learn how to build a model house

The Museum of American History in Palo Alto is offering students ages 10 and up the opportunity to learn basic drafting techniques. During the hands-on session students will build a pre-cut home of foam-core board and trim materials and mount it on a corrugated cardboard platform complete with grass, driveway and plants.

The lessons are scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday and April 22 at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. The cost is $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers.

For registration and more information, visit www.moah.org.

AVID sponsors Fun and Wellness Day

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a support program for students who are the first in their families to attend college, has scheduled a Fun and Wellness Day fund-raiser at Los Altos High School 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22. Proceeds from the event will help students pay for their college tuition and books.

The fund-raiser will include an all-ages walkathon, swimathon, 5-on-5 soccer tournament and tennis challenge. A community fair featuring local organizations will highlight health and nutrition, the theme of the day, with demonstrations and handouts.

The day will also include live entertainment, a variety of healthy foods and a raffle.

For more information or to register for any of the athletic activities, visit www.avidfunandwellnessday.org.

MVLA award-winning speech and debate team performs for public

Four students from the Mountain View-Los Altos Speech and Debate Team have advanced to the state and national championships. Members of the community are invited to hear the students in a showcase scheduled for 7-9 p.m. April 19 in the Mountain View High School theater.

The team's top nationally ranked Lincoln-Douglas debaters, Prashant Rai and Stephen Hess, seniors at Mountain View High, are two of only three Lincoln-Douglas debaters from the area who qualified to compete in the National Forensic League Tournament. They also both qualified to compete again this year for the national title at the Tournament of Champions. Stephen additionally qualified to compete at the California State Speech Championship Tournament. At the Mountain View High showcase, they will debate the topic: The use of the state's power of eminent domain to promote private enterprise is unjust.

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, a junior from Los Altos High School, qualified to compete in both the California State Speech Championship Tournament and the National Forensic League Tournament. For the showcase she will perform her original oratory, "Small Is Big," which focuses on the accumulated value of small contributions.

Margaret Lewis, a sophomore at Los Altos High, will compete in the State Speech Championship Tournament April 19. She will perform her original expository speech on the power of music. Margaret won first place at the state-qualifying tournament. She is in her first year of competition.

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