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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

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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Local innovator, millennial hops aboard transcontinental trains traveling lab


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Autumn Carter is raising money to participate in the Millennial Trains Project, an opportunity to learn more about the world from the window of a train.

 

For a generation of technology-tethered youth in Silicon Valley, fast-paced living is the norm. But for 10 days this summer, a local young woman plans to step back in time as she commutes cross-country on refurbished train cars as part of the Millennial Trains Project.

Autumn Carter, 24, executive director of the Los Altos-based California Common Sense nonprofit advocacy organization, hopes to embark on her journey in August.

Millennial Trains Project founder Patrick Dowd approached Carter last year with his idea to convene 40 entrepreneurial and forward-thinking 18- to 34-year-olds on a traveling “innovation lab.” Carter hopped onboard, creating an online project profile and raising funds. She has collected $1,200 toward her $5,000 July 1 fundraising goal – the cost to secure her seat on the train.

“The train is constantly moving forward,” said Carter of why a train – costly and slower than many other modes of transportation – is the right space for fostering the creative endeavors of the millennial generation. “It starts in one place and actually observes the world at a slower pace where you can take it in.”

Carter views the unorthodox experiential learning experience as the ideal opportunity for cultivating her aspiration to write a book on open-source data case studies. On each of the 10 stops along the Millennial Trains Project’s inaugural itinerary between San Francisco and Washington, D.C., she plans to identify examples of how young people are using data to tackle state and local initiatives in a unique way.

“Data is the most democratizing force moving forward,” Carter said. “Civic engagement is one of the most important parts of being an informed citizen … being able to ask the right questions and to get answers.”

Although Carter envisions that the train journey could build a strong foundation for a career focused on making government data more transparent and accessible to policymakers and the public, she said the relationships she forges with colleagues on the train as well as with people she meets along the way are just as important.

“Millennials believe we can change the world,” she said, “and we think more than that that it’s our responsibility to leave it better off than we found it.”

 

To donate or for more information, visit bit.ly/10UVekC.

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