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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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Father’s Day fun: Run a race, drink a beer, stay a night

If dad likes to exercise, drive to Carmel this weekend for Father’s Day and sign him up for the Run in the Name of Love 5K coastal run or 2K walk.

The annual race honors the late Brian James Love, a Carmel native and captain of the University of Virginia snowboarding team, who died three months shy of graduation during team practice in 2005 when his snowboard hit a tree. The race began as a tribute to the 22-year-old, who was practicing in secret to run a marathon to surprise his mother, Susan, a runner.

Those who participate in Run in the Name of Love can honor their loved ones by including a tribute in an online book. A 150-character message costs $3 and a photo $5. Runners can order tribute bibs before the race.

The 5K run begins 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Center Plaza, San Carlos Street and Ninth Avenue, 8:40 a.m. for the 2K walk, which is open to dogs on leashes. Participating dogs will receive free bandanas and biscuits. The finish line is located on Scenic Road at Eighth Avenue.

An awards ceremony and raffle are scheduled 9:45 a.m. in the Del Mar parking lot at the base of Ocean Avenue. The entry fee includes a raffle ticket, but participants can purchase more at three for $10. The event ends at 11 a.m.

To register online – $35 for the 5K, $25 for the 2K – visit www.run4love.org through noon Friday. Space permitting, in-person registration, $40/$30, is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Cultural Center and 6:30-8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Center Plaza.

Proceeds benefit the Big Sur International Marathon’s nonprofit youth fitness program, Just Run. Sponsors of the race include Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Boutique Inns, Doctors on Duty, Hot Diggity Dog, Carmel Bakery and the Carmel Art and Film Festival.

For more information, visit run4love.org.

• The 2013 Monterey Beer Festival is on tap 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a VIP ticket), at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road.

The annual event features beers from 80 breweries, including Grand Teton Brewing, Sierra Nevada and Speakeasy Ales & Lager.

Main Stage entertainment includes tribute rock bands Wild Turkeys, Powerage and Joel the Band. The VIP Stage hosts Chicano All-Stars and Jake Nielsen’s Triple Threat.

General admission tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. VIP tickets are $65/$75. Parking is $10-$20. Other packages, such as a party pass and a Friday night Cannery Row beer and food pairing event, are available for purchase.

For tickets and more information, visit www.montereybeerfestival.com or call (831) 372-5863.

• Those attending the Monterey Beer Festival might consider staying at the Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, on Fisherman’s Wharf.

The hotel invites guests to “pick a perk” through July 14. Guests can choose from a free breakfast for two, self-parking, a bottle of house wine or Wi-Fi.

The hotel boasts two restaurants – Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, a full-service eatery with private dining room, and Peter B’s Brewpub, a craft brewery. A nearby full-service spa appeals to both leisure and business crowds.

Like many hotels on the Monterey Peninsula, the Portola welcomes pets, offering treats, pet sitting and walks, as well as doggy daycare in the neighborhood. A $50 pet fee covers the entire visit.

Amenities include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, organic bath products and free on-demand movies.

Rates start at $199 per night.

For more information, visit www.portolahotel.com.

Contributing editor Eren Göknar is a journalist and lifelong traveler. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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