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Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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Local Author Spotlight


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In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Study Smart, Study Less’ (Ten Speed Press, 2011)

By Anne Crossman

“Study Smart, Study Less” is a humorous and practical guide designed to help high school and college students improve their study skills.

Based on mainstream theories of memory and the brain – as well as Crossman’s experience as a student at Stanford and Duke universities, a public high school teacher and a college instructor – the book attempts to fill a critical gap in the education system by providing students with a foundation of solid study habits on which to build a lifetime of learning.

Crossman’s handbook of wisdom turns complex techniques of pedagogy and psychology into child’s play – the only puzzle left for the student is deciding whether to play Twisted Twister or Paper Flaps, two of more than a dozen study games outlined in the book.

Students identify their personal learning strengths from four distinct study types so that they can work within those strengths. They are then equipped with the tools they need to study creatively, have fun in the process and become eager learners.

Students can learn how to stay focused, design a successful study group and use doodles and colored markers to take better notes. The fundamentals of learning are included, along with nuggets of insight on unsuspecting grade killers.

“Study Smart, Study Less” offers no boring fill-in-the-blank exercises or soapboxes – just a fast, effective study guide that makes lifelong learning fun.

Crossman is a Los Altos resident.

To purchase “Study Smart, Study Less,” visit www.annecrossman.com.

‘True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat’ (Eshagh Malek, 1994)

By Irandokht A. Malek

The late Irandokht A. Malek loved “Robaiyat.” A native Persian, she memorized all of Khayyam’s quatrain before the age of 5.

As she matured and studied different languages, Malek became deeply annoyed with the fanciful notions attributed to Khayyam by his various translators. As a result, she spent 20 years creating a new translation.

In the book, Malek dispels the idle, drunken, epicurean image that many readers have come to associate with Khayyam. She reveals the dignity of the poet as scholar and philosopher and discloses the authentic text of this mystical poet of the Islamic world. In Persian culture, Khayyam is considered a highly advanced religious teacher, and his quatrains are revealed as inspired Sufi scripture.

The renowned Persian miniaturist Mehdi Taheri created 11 exquisite color illustrations for this edition.

The author’s son, Los Altos resident Isaac Malek, published the book.

To purchase the “True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat,” visit www.amazon.com.

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