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News

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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Los Altos Hills Club celebrates 55th year


Photo By: Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Clyde Noel/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Hills Club officers, from left, Charlene Geers (secretary), Barbara Waldeck (president) and Vicki Oldberg (treasurer) celebrate the social organization’s 55th anniversary.

The Los Altos Hills Club, a community organization for women who reside in the town, celebrated its 55th anniversary Feb. 8 with a party at Fremont Hills Country Club.

Founded in 1958, the club provides a way to meet neighbors, promote social contacts and develop friendships.

Members meet monthly for lunch to enjoy each other’s company and to listen to guest speakers discuss topics related to culture, health and hobbies.

Recent presentations included “Antiques and Collectibles,” “Having a Healthy Body,” “Garden Water Management” and an appearance by The Main Street Singers.

According to its bylaws, the club rejects fundraisers and religious and political influences.

Charlene Geers, a six-year club member currently serving as secretary, said she was pleased to discover the club.

“What a wonderful group of nice people,” she said. “I enjoy the conversation, the programs and the food.”

Different groups within the organization are always open to new members, including the Bridge group, the Book group, the Theater group, the Walking group and the Thursday Group.

Nancy Traficanti, the club’s historian, said she enjoys meeting new people and making connections.

“I love the communications with other members,” she said. “And you can belong and don’t have to do anything.”

Nancy Murie said she looks to the club for camaraderie.

“There is someone you can turn to for help when you need it – a group of women you can call on when you have a problem,” Murie noted.

Membership, limited to 150 members, is open to women with a Los Altos Hills mailing address. Proposed members are approved by the club’s executive board and must attend two luncheons before acceptance.

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

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