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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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Community Briefs

Girl Scout Cookies arrive in Los Altos

With the delivery of Girl Scout Cookies last week, Los Altos and Mountain View Scouts began door-to-door sales Monday and will sell them at stores and other locations beginning Friday.

Local Scouts received nearly 6,500 cases of cookies, a 25 percent increase over last year, and the largest delivery in recent history, according to Gail Wong of Los Altos Service Unit 608 and Carolyn Stratton of Mountain View Service Unit 605. A new cookie this year, the Savannah Smiles lemon wedge, joins the traditional favorites: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos.

Sales are scheduled through March 18.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Los Altos Library hosts iTunes session

The Los Altos Library has scheduled Part 7 in its Social Media Series: “iTunes 101,” 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The free program is appropriate for beginners and experienced users.

Attendees will learn how to organize music, play it on a computer or mobile Apple device, search for apps, add and search for music, manage an iTunes account and download podcasts and TV shows. A review of how to search for apps in iTunes for various Apple products is also included. There will be time for questions at the end of the program.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Forum examines civic center plan

A community forum on the Los Altos Civic Center Master Plan is scheduled 7-8 p.m. Sunday in the Creekside Center at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Los Altos resident Duncan MacVicar will explain the condition of the existing community center and the reasons for replacing it. He will review the master plan and moderate a question-and-answer session.

City officials are in the process of determining whether and/or when to place a bond measure on the ballot to fund renovation of the civic center.

For more information, visit www.losaltoscommunitycenter.org.

Lively Foundation hosts benefit for schools

The Lively Foundation has scheduled its annual benefit banquet noon Saturday at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road East, Palo Alto.

The event will feature lunch, party favors, door prizes and a silent auction.

Proceeds from the banquet benefit the foundation’s programming for Bay Area schools. Los Altos’ Loyola School has presented two performances of “The Gold Rush,” Lively’s educational program.

Tickets are $44, with $14 tax deductible.

For more information, visit www.livelyfoundation.org or call 969-4110.

Photo contest celebrates ‘Life in Los Altos’

To mark the 60th anniversary of Los Altos’ incorporation, the Los Altos Library has scheduled “Life in Los Altos,” a photography contest open to children and adults.

Submitted photos must be original work taken in Los Altos.

All photographs will be displayed during the month of March, with the winner determined by public votes.

Categories include grades K-6, grades 7-12 and adults.

Library representatives will award prizes for first place and honorable mention in each category.

Entry forms are available at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch Library, 1975 Grant Road; and online at www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Submit hard-copy photos to either library and digital photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Keeping brain in shape subject of talk

Dr. Judith London of Los Altos has scheduled a presentation, “How to Keep Your Brain in Tip-Top Shape,” 2-3 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 23 at Avenidas Senior Center, 450 Bryant Ave., Palo Alto.

A licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in treating Alzheimer’s patients, London will discuss how relatives, friends and caregivers of those with advancing Alzheimer’s disease can re-establish a meaningful connection and communicate.

London is author of “Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer’s Advances” (New Harbinger Publications, 2009). She is currently writing her second book, “Support for Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes,” scheduled for release this year.

For more information, visit www.avenidas.org or www.drjudithlondon.com.

Peninsula Symphony performs at luncheon

The South Bay Guild of the Peninsula Symphony has scheduled its Symphony of Blossoms Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2690 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The Peninsula Symphony Quartet – comprising harp, flute, violin and cello – will perform, followed by a drawing to benefit the Music Merit Awards for young students and the Peninsula Symphony’s music programs.

Tickets are $35 per person.

For tickets, make checks payable to “South Bay Guild” and send by Monday to Arlene Dean, 2091 Robinhood Lane, Los Altos 94024. Donations are accepted.

For more information, visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.

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