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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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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

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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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Zimbabwe run in 14th year, thanks to energetic resident


Photo By: Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Photo Bruce Barton/Town Crier

Ellen Clark of Los Altos is the organizer of the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair, scheduled March 24 this year.

Ellen Clark radiates positive energy and enthusiasm for helping children locally and half a world away.

The Los Altos resident and retired physical education teacher does just that with her longstanding pet project, the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair. In its 14th year, the event is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. March 24 at St. Joseph Catholic School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

The “run” component features races for participants of all ages, while the “fair” includes food, live music and art and cultural exhibits.

Proceeds benefit the Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe for orphaned children. Clark founded her own nonprofit group, the Sustainable Living Foundation, to support the event and Gardens for Paraguay, which sustains poor neighborhoods in that country.

“We’ve made our mission a lot more concrete this year,” Clark said, wearing this year’s official event T-shirt that celebrates the zebra. “Our mission is to inspire kids to keep fit, create beautiful art and help others. It’s a kid-friendly mission statement.”

Clark’s event helps children locally and globally. Her passion for Zimbabwe, in particular, was inspired by her son Will’s experience there as a member of the Peace Corps. Will reported home about the rampant poverty, disease and huge number of orphaned children, prompting his mother to take action.

Now every member of the Clark family is involved in the foundation. Ellen serves as president, Will is vice president, husband Bill is chief financial officer, daughter Kristen is cultural director, daughter Teresa is secretary and son-in-law Dave Ruminski is technology director.

Clark involves like-minded, philanthropic students as ambassadors for the day. This year’s ambassadors include Megha Agarwal, a junior at St. Francis High School; Jade Perry and Carol Deng, Los Altos High seniors; Tenashe Choto, a sophomore at Mountain View High; and Jose Martinez of Foothill College.

Agarwal oversees the promotions. She said proceeds help Makumbi children with basic necessities like food, clothes and educational material.

“I’m proud to announce that last year, we brought in a grand total of $32,700, and we hope to match and exceed that amount this year,” Agarwal said.

This year’s event includes another shoe drive – 2,000 pairs were collected last year – and Clark is adding a book drive.

“We’re collecting the best books (donated) – up to 40 pounds,” Clark said of the drive, the proceeds of which will be shipped to the orphanage.

A little money goes a long way to help the orphans, Clark said.

“You only need $50 to clothe, feed and house one child for one year,” she said.

“The Sustainable Living Foundation wants to make it easy to get involved, despite age, economic status or cultural background,” Agarwal wrote in a promotional flier. “Whether you’re interested in donating outgrown shoes, volunteering at a booth, making a simple donation or just running, there’s something for everyone.”

For more information or to register, volunteer or contribute, visit www.zimbabweparaguay.net.

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