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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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A La Carte & Art festival returns to MV’s Castro Street this weekend


Photo By: Courtesy of Miramar Events
Photo Courtesy Of Miramar Events

Visitors to Mountain View’s Ala Carte & Art festival on Castro Street this weekend will find a wide selection of fine art.

Mountain View’s 17th annual A La Carte & Art event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Castro Street, between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue. This year’s festival honors Cinco de Mayo.

West Coast artists and craftmakers will offer original works in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry and fine art.

“We have many emerging new artists this year joining longtime event favorites,” said Dana Hale-Mounier, coordinator of Pacific Fine Arts, organizer of the artisans. “Festivalgoers will find unique, original art and fine crafts with a variety of price points for personal purchases, gifts or additions to private collections. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists.”

Vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, wind chimes, and waterfalls will be among the items available for purchase.

A lineup of 10 bands will play two days of Latin, classic rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, dance and party music on stages and the street. Performers include the Mariachi Trio Estrellas De Oro, The Garage Band, Zebop, The Retro Rockets, The Bell Brothers, The Road Dogs, Bob Culbertson, Oscar Reynolds, Ancient Winds and Emerson & The Growiser Band.

Vendors will dish up an array of food, including chicken tikka masala, veggie samosas, spiced lamb and chicken pita sandwiches, salads, falafel, tri-tip, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, teriyaki chicken plates, sweet-and-spicy Peking chicken wraps, deep-fried catfish nuggets, jambalaya, baked beans, Cajun-smoked andouille and Portuguese linguica sausages. Wines, microbrewed beers, margaritas, sangria and mimosas are also on the menu.

More than a dozen producers of artisan specialty foods will offer samples of and sell olive oil, barrel-aged vinegars, salad dressings, mustard blends, preserves, marinades, honey products, pepper, spices, nuts and Kona coffee.

Growers from the Mountain View Certified Farmers’ Market will be on hand with strawberries, cherries, apricots, asparagus, flavored almonds, pistachios, walnuts and honey.

The Kids’ Ton of Fun Zone will include rides, hula hooping, a 24-foot climbing wall, bungee jumping, inflatables and bounce houses, a remote-controlled NASCAR racetrack, feather hair extensions, face painting and temporary henna tattoos.

The A La Carte & Art classic-car show, sponsored by Hot San Jose Nights, will return this year with muscle cars. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 964-3395 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

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