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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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Fine Art in the Park features 70 new artists


Photo By: Courtesy of Los Altos Rotary Club
Photo Courtesy Of Los Altos Rotary Club

The clothing and jewelry art of Lindy Lopez of Los Altos will be available for purchase at this year’s Fine Art in the Park show.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 38th annual Fine Art in the Park show is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 in Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Local interior designer Lara Pai serves as artist coordinator for this year’s event. She has developed relationships with dozens of fine artists over the course of her design career.

Pai and her team of seven jurors screened an array of new artists for the show, selecting a record 70 new participants.

After contacting fine-arts organizations in San Francisco, Carmel and Los Angeles for recommendations, Pai instructed the artists to submit representative pieces for evaluation.

Pai created a new accolade this year – “Jury Featured Artists,” recognition for the 35 artists who received the jury’s top votes. The jury based its selections on uniqueness, scale, use of color and use of materials, especially in mixed media. Blue and gold balloons and stars will designate the award-winning artists’ booths.

Current and past mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will select and present the blue-ribbon Mayor’s Choice Awards to their favorite works of art and publicly honor the artists.

Three Los Altos artists are slated to exhibit their work at Fine Art in the Park:

• Terenia Offenbacher uses mixed media on wood panels with found objects to create portraits in Modigliani style.

• Stephanie McClean paints contemporary landscapes with a focus on California open spaces and parks.

• Lindy Lopez specializes in textiles.

The Rotary Club’s Young at Art competition will display winning entries from students at six local high schools at the gazebo in Lincoln Park. Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery at 296 State St., is scheduled to recognize winners and their families at a reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, during the monthly First Friday event. The Rotary Club will honor the winners at an awards ceremony May 23.

In addition to the selection of fine art for sale, Fine Art in the Park will feature entertainment and a food court.

Lincoln Park is located at University Avenue and Foothill Expressway.

For more information, visit www.rotaryartshow.com.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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