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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

We ...

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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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

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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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

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

Those interested ...

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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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Tips to protect your knees


Photo By: Mike Ichikawa/ El Camino Hospital
Photo Mike Ichikawa/ El Camino Hospital For the weekend warrior, proper stretching before physical activity can be the difference between enjoying a golf outing or visiting the doctor. More than 20 million patients sustain knee injuries each year.

Approximately 20 million visits are made to physicians’ offices each year for knee injuries. Many of these visits occur when weekend warriors and seasonal athletes resume activities they may have put on hold, such as running, tennis, biking, hiking, soccer, golf and other pastimes.

Before getting back into a sport or hobby that may be tough on your knee joints, answer the following questions.

• When was your last physical exam? Doctors recommend undergoing a thorough physical before starting any new exercise routine. It’s a great opportunity to discuss concerns about the joints. Do you have a knee that tends to act up when you exercise? Have you felt any odd pains when you move your knee in a certain direction? Do you have an old injury you’re concerned about?

• Do you know how to prevent a knee injury? Do you take time to warm up? What stretches do you do before a big game or a run? (One good stretch for the front of the knee is to lie face down, then reach back and gently grab your ankle.) Have you taken time to strengthen the muscles that support your knee – quadriceps and hamstrings? Could you benefit from a knee brace or protective kneepads? Do you have the right footwear?

 

Recognizing injuries

Weekend warriors may be reluctant to act quickly when an injury occurs. Because the knee has many parts – ligaments, tendons, bones, cartilage and muscle – many problems can arise when using your knee joints. When exercising, keep your knees in mind. Ask:

• Is your knee in pain? Is it swollen or stiff? It’s easy for conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, torn cartilage (torn meniscus) or runner’s knee to develop in the knee as a result of intense running or movement during a sport. Or, if you’ve twisted your knee in an odd way, you could have a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) – the most commonly injured ligament in the knee.

• Do you need to rest your knee? If you’re feeling any pain or suspect an injury, stop what you’re doing immediately. Playing through the pain may seem heroic, but it could make your injury worse – and could put you on the sidelines for the rest of the summer. So, treat any knee injury seriously and take some time off before resuming the activity.

• Do you need medical attention? Although many knee injuries heal on their own or with the standard “RICE” treatment (rest, ice, compression and elevation), severe pain, swelling or popping of the knee needs evaluation by a physician. You’ll also need treatment if you are unable to put any weight on the injured leg or if your knee feels loose or unstable.

• Does your injury require surgery? Examples of common knee injuries that may require surgery include: damaged cartilage, injury of the plica tissue on the knee, kneecap damage, tendon injuries and, as mentioned earlier, the torn ACL. If your doctor suggests surgery, be sure to ask about new approaches to knee surgery, such as the use of computer navigation and less invasive methods that involve smaller incisions and shorter recoveries.

Keep in mind that medical science changes quickly, and your doctor or your hospital’s joint-program coordinator may be the best resource for up-to-date surgical information.

For more information, visit orthoinfo.aaos.org and orthopedics.about.com/cs/kneeinjuries/a/kneepain.htm.

El Camino Hospital Orthopedic Institutes provided information for this article. For more information, call (800) 216-5556 or visit elcaminohospital.org/ortho.

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