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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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We’re all green thumbs-up: Editorial

We’ve been griping a bit much in recent weeks. So we’re taking a thumbs-up approach this time around to salute some good things happening in our community.

Thumbs-up: To the Sit and Share program, initiated with enthusiasm by Los Altos Hills resident Robin Katsaros. She’s led an effort to place attractive and durable patio furniture at the newly expanded street corners throughout downtown. Check out the nifty round table with orange umbrella and chairs at the corner of Main and Third streets in front of Satura Cakes. Sit and Share supporters are now campaigning to purchase furniture for other locations. The furniture comes with a purpose: encouraging people to stay downtown, mingle and, yes, walk and shop at the stores. With grassroots efforts like these, the future of downtown looks bright.

Thumbs-up: To the recent arrangement with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to bring a temporary exhibition to downtown Los Altos. The city of Los Altos, Passerelle Investment Co. and the museum are collaborating on the display, set to debut in November. “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” will include works by prominent artists at both indoor and outdoor locations while SFMOMA undergoes a two-and-a-half-year expansion. This is a really big feather in Los Altos’ cultural cap that’s sure to draw positive attention and provide an economic boost.

Thumbs-up: To the ever-increasing green reputation Los Altos is cultivating, thanks in large part to the efforts of groups like the Living Classroom Program and GreenTown Los Altos. Living Classroom educates schoolchildren on growing their own vegetable gardens and their roles as producers and consumers. GreenTown advocates for a range of environmental causes, including recycling, bike travel and electric vehicles (members helped Los Altos install new EV charging stations).

Thumbs-up: And speaking of EVs, have you noticed the recent proliferation of Teslas in Los Altos? Purchases of the popular electric car are becoming fashionable here, although most owners will tell you it’s all about the great technology. Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, in his “State of the Cities” address a few weeks back, noted that Los Altos has 1,900 registered electric cars. That’s enough to put it in sixth place in the country – if it were a state! Now that’s something to brag about.

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