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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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’Passport to Tanzania’ benefit supports orphanage in Africa


Photo By: Courtesy of Friends of Children Concern Foundation
Photo Courtesy Of Friends Of Children Concern Foundation

Betsy Collard, back left, of Mountain View and KC Cannon, third from left, of Menlo Park visit staff members and children at the Children Concern Foundation, an orphanage in Tanzania. The two women, who founded a nonprofit organization to support the orphanage, have scheduled a fundraiser Saturday.

Africa may be thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, but two local residents are bringing it closer to home at “Passport to Tanzania,” the inaugural fundraiser for an orphanage on the road to the Serengeti region.

The benefit, scheduled 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Ave. in Menlo Park, will feature wine tasting, appetizers, desserts, silent and live auctions, African music and the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit Friends of Children Concern Foundation (CCF), dedicated to helping orphans in Tanzania. Auto Vino will offer guests a look at more than 50 vintage and exotic cars not usually on display to the public.

Mountain View resident Betsy Collard and KC Cannon of Menlo Park organized the event, which they said aims to provide guests with a view of a “very different world” and a chance to be part of a journey that can change the lives of children at the CCF orphanage.

In addition to Collard and Cannon, the event committee includes, among others, Jane Reed and Dorothy Rosenthal of Los Altos and Jan Carey and Lisa Lane Kasperzak of Mountain View.

Collard first visited the orphanage in 2011 when she traveled to Tanzania to celebrate a clinic opening for Maasai women and children and to go on a safari.

“We stopped at the home where 36 children, ages 4-16, lived in a small, cramped, rented house,” she said. “There was no electricity, no place for the children to play, and they slept two or three to a bed. I fell in love with the children. When I returned to the U.S., I vowed to do what I could to help these children.”

Collard approached Cannon, a longtime friend who also had a passion for Africa. Together, the women established the nonprofit organization committed to providing the children with a safe living environment, education, access to medical care and hope for a better future.

“The orphanage receives no government assistance and currently depends entirely on donations from tourists who stop on their way to a safari, just as we did,” Cannon said. “Often, especially during the heavy rainy season, there is not enough money for food.”

By Tanzanian law, orphans are not allowed to be adopted and are only allowed to live with family members willing to care for them.

Collard and Cannon have made several trips to Tanzania to visit the children and help the staff. Friends of CCF has raised funds to support the facility’s operational costs and enabled the purchase of a few acres of land for a permanent home.

Tanzanian vocalist and songwriter Erica Lulakwa, a drummer and other musicians will perform at “Passport to Tanzania.” Auction items will include an African safari and other trips, artwork, wine and gift certificates for local restaurants. Guests will have an opportunity to support the orphanage by participating in the Make-A-Difference Appeal.

Tickets are $95 per person, with a portion tax deductible.

For tickets and more information, call Collard at 969-0217 or Cannon at 561-4838; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit www.childrenconcern.org.

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