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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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Senior Center Happenings Provided by Candace Bates, Senior Center coordinator

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For reservations and more information, call 947-2797 or visit www.losaltosrecreation.org.

Holiday luncheons

• Thanksgiving luncheon: Noon Nov. 16 in the Multipurpose Room. The Thanksgiving luncheon will include salad, roast turkey and gravy, roll, stuffing, vegetable and pumpkin pie. Cost is $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations preferred.

• Christmas luncheon: Noon Dec. 21 in the Multipurpose Room. The menu will include ham, pineapple bread, herbed rice, peas with mushrooms and dessert. Cost is $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations preferred.

Intergenerational party

Senior Center participants are invited to join the Los Altos Recreation Department’s Kinder Prep program for an intergenerational ornament-making and tree-dressing party 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in rooms 10 and 11. Ornament making is scheduled 10:30-11 a.m., followed by decking the halls of the Senior Center and lunch at noon. Lunch is $4 members, $6 nonmembers.

Classes

The Senior Center has scheduled a number of new classes in January. New offerings include:

• Anthropolgy through Collage: Excavating Your Own Life

• Beginners Happy Qigong (in English and Mandarin)

• Excel: Beyond the Basics

• The Early Renaissance in Italy

See the Senior Center’s January Spotlight newsletter for details.

Donate

• The Recreation Department is collecting empty cardboard toilet paper and paper towel rolls and used, clean nylons. The Monkey Toy Ladies use the items to make stuffed monkeys for sick children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Drop off donations in Room 10.

• The Senior Center is accepting contributions of gently used scarves, hats, yarn and yarn remnants through December. The items will be donated to the needy. Drop off donations in Room 10.

Volunteer

• Volunteer to man the front desk. Openings are available 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays or on a substitute basis. Tasks include greeting participants, answering phones, refilling coffee, registering people for events and performing other small assignments as they arise. Computer skills preferred.

• Volunteers are needed Nov. 15 and 16 and Dec. 20 and 21 to help with holiday luncheon preparation. Sign up to serve as a sous chef (three needed) or to assist with setup, decorations, serving and cleanup.

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