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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

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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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Los Altos History Museum fashion show, luncheon features local businesses, residents


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Alison Lindell, left, and her daughter, Dr. Kerry Lindell, will model clothing from Hartman’s Fashions during the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming fashion-show fundraiser.

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its fifth fashion show and luncheon, “Imagine,” 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 10 at the University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

The event will feature local residents as models and area businesses spotlighting their products and services. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.

“We’re showcasing our own local talent, and our wide array of local shopping,” said Ann Oliver, event co-chairwoman.

Co-chairwoman Marilyn Henderson noted that “the variety of fashions available to us right here is amazing.”

“Imagine” is scheduled the Friday before Mother’s Day, so the show will feature many family connections, according to Maureen Fraser, the co-chairwoman who coordinated the models.

The participating models:

• Vicki Oldberg, a Los Altos resident since 1970, will be joined by her granddaughter, Cailin.

• Edinburgh native Alison Lindell will model with her daughter, Dr. Kerry Lindell, and her fifth-grade granddaughter, Avery Biczek.

• Historical Commissioners Denise Welsh, Janis Ahmadjian-Baer and Kristin Baker and Planning Department member Yvonne Dupont will represent the city of Los Altos.

• Karen Bonke and her daughter, Bryn Fenton, will walk the runway, as will Fran Henderson and her daughter and granddaughter, Carol and Brooke Danaher.

• Sisters Kathy Lera and Patty Thompson will model with Patty’s twins, Abbie and Jackson.

• Museum staffer Aja Sorensen, who will be a new mom in August, will model with her mother, LouAnn Barr.

• Amy Lynch, Sheri King, Pat Booth and Mary Tan round out the local cast, with Liz Nyberg returning as master of ceremonies.

“Each time, we find something amazing to wear, for every age and figure type,” Fraser said. “I love that I don’t have to go far to look great.”

The models will showcase fashions from Apricot Lane, Cambric, Chico’s, Gitane, Kula Sweet, Hartman’s Fashions, Oz Boutique, Shunzi, Stuart’s Apparel and Yum Yum Tree.

A boutique will feature unique items from BK Collectibles, Cranberry Scoop, Gourmet Works and local artisan Diane Aristarco Fujimoto. The event will also include a display of historical fashions and a raffle.

Edward and Pamela Taft are majors underwriters of the fundraiser. Marich Confectionery, Mary Kay Cosmetics and the Los Altos Town Crier also support the event.

Prepaid reservations are required, as seating is limited. Tickets are $65 for museum members, $80 for nonmembers.

For tickets and more information, call Aja Sorensen at 948-9427, ext. 14; visit www.losaltoshistory.org; or stop by the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

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