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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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The stars come out at Tahoe : Area hotels offer star-gazing packages


Photo By: Courtesy of Cl Hospitality
Photo Courtesy Of Cl Hospitality Rooms at The Avalon Lodge in South Lake Tahoe boast a number of amenities, including fireplaces and flat-screen TVs. The Lodge and the Historian Inn offer fall star-gazing packages.

Fall evenings celebrating “Stars, Strings and Sipping” are scheduled at South Lake Tahoe’s Avalon Lodge and the Historian Inn in Gardnerville, Nev.

A series of astronomy tours includes classical music by Reno Philharmonic players, wine tastings from around the globe with knowledgeable presenters from each domain, sample appetizers from leading area restaurateurs and chefs, round-trip transportation to viewing areas and lodging. A two-night package costs $549 for two people.

Astronomer and poet Tony Berendsen of the Nevada Science Coalition will guide each evening of the series with two hours of laser-guided star-gazing. Among the highlights are three meteor showers: Orinoid, a trail left behind by Halley’s Comet; Leonids, an annual meteor shower associated with the Tempel-Tuttle Comet; and December’s Geminids, the most prolific display with usually more than 50 meteors per hour.

“What’s more spectacular than nature?” asked Deb Pierrel, co-owner of Clé Hospitality, owners and operators of The Avalon Lodge and the Historian Inn. “We just decided to give it a bit more help with classical music, wonderful wines and a memorable visit for our guests.”

The “Stars, Strings and Sipping” series is scheduled to begin Sept. 29 with “Uranus in Opposition.” Guests will have the rare opportunity to view the blue-green planet as it appears closer to Earth than at any other time of the year, complemented by wine and gourmet food pairings as well as tips on the best astronomy apps for smartphones.

Subsequent programs scheduled include “New Moon,” Oct. 15; “Orinoids Meteor Shower,” Oct. 21 and 22; “New Moon,” Nov. 13; “Leonids Meteor Shower,” Nov. 17 and 18; viewing of “The Blue Snowball Nebula,” Nov. 27; “Jupiter at Opposition,” Dec. 3; and “Geminids Meteor Shower,” Dec. 13 and 14.

Clé Hospitality redesigned the 20 rooms at The Avalon Lodge with fresh, casual elegance in mind. Amenities include beds with plush mattresses and triple-sheeted linens topped with overstuffed comforters in an Egyptian cotton cover. The bath is stocked with personal-care products and oversized towels and attractive tile designs. Fireplaces add warmth and ambience.

A variety of lodging packages are available, including 25 percent discounts on stays of four nights or more; 35 percent savings midweek; Movie Nights featuring first-run films and theater-style refreshments; Romantic Getaways with champagne or wine, souvenir glasses, chocolates and guest rooms with fireplaces. The hotel also offers a heated outdoor pool as well as complimentary bicycles, kayaks and snowshoes.

The Historian Inn boasts 34 rooms that reflect the area’s Western heritage, featuring the colors, textures and natural materials reminiscent of the mining booms that established Nevada as the Silver State.

Both properties provide flat-screen TVs with Movies on Demand, iPod docking stations in every room, complimentary wireless Internet access, activity equipment and daily newspapers.

A continental breakfast with locally baked fare is available daily at The Avalon Lodge, while the Historian Inn provides a “grab-and-go” breakfast. Both hotels offer food and wine tastings and 24-hour boutique gift shops.

For reservations and more information, visit avalonlodge.com and historianinn.com.

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