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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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Save the Date

Save the Date is an ongoing feature geared to notices of special events planned by area nonprofit organizations. To add your event to the list, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunday

Meet elected officials of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, 1-3 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Town Crier. Information: 383-5590.

March 14

Partners for New Generations Volunteer Open House, 6-7 p.m. at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Office Boardroom, 1209 Bryant Ave., Mountain View. Information/RSVP: 766-2162 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

March 16

Bridge Benefit fundraiser, 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. Sponsored by the Los Altos/Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women. The event includes ACBL-sanctioned duplicate and party bridge, plus silent auction and board games for the bridge-impaired. Funds provide scholarships for local eighth-grade girls to attend Stanford Tech Trek Science Camp. Information/sign up: 967-1193.

“Mardi Gras Gala 2013,” fundraiser for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, 5:30-10 p.m. at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto. Information: 917-6800, ext. 303, or www.arts4all.org/gala.

March 23

Easter Egg Hunt in downtown Los Altos, 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association. Free for children ages 1-10. Information: 949-5282.

March 24

Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair, noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic School, Mountain View. Information: www.zimbabweparaguay.net.

April 20

“Los Altos Live!” 7:30 p.m. in Eagle Theater, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave. Annual talent show sponsored by the Los Altos Cultural Association. Proceeds benefit the Camp Everytown program. Information: 954-5999 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 27

“Sapphire Soiree,” 6 p.m. at Menlo Circus Club, Atherton. Gala fundraiser for the El Camino Hospital Foundation. Information: 988-4189.

May 10

Los Altos History Museum fashion-show fundraiser, noon to 2:30 p.m. at the University Club, Palo Alto. Information: 948-9427 or www.losaltoshistory.org.

May 18

66th Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, 10 a.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: www.losaltoskiwanis.org.

May 18 and 19

Los Altos Rotary Club Fine Art in the Park, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park. Information: www.rotaryartshow.com.

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