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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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Save your child's skin from the sun

It’s summertime, and your child is likely playing outdoors for at least a portion of each day. How can you encourage your child to enjoy outdoor activities while protecting his or her skin from harmful ultraviolet rays?

The best way to protect your child’s skin is to limit direct sun exposure. A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing offer the ideal protection outdoors. If possible, have your child play in the shade during the sun’s peak hours, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Effective coverage

If your child’s skin is directly exposed to the sun, the next best defense is sunscreen. For the most effective sunscreen coverage, follow these tips.

• Don’t skimp – slather it on. Apply sunscreen liberally to cover all exposed skin, including your child’s ears, neck, hands and feet. Remember, more is better when it comes to sunscreen.

• Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors. It can take 30 minutes for sunscreen to start working.

• Don’t save the sunscreen for sunny days. Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Check the national UV Index at epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html to find the specific UV risk for your area on any given day.

• Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after a dip in the pool, even if you’re using a water-resistant product.

• Keep babies under 6 months of age completely out of direct sunlight. When going outside, dress your little one in lightweight clothing and a hat with a brim.

Choosing a sunscreen

There are countless rows of sunscreens at the drugstore. How can you possibly pick the right one? Look for the following labels and ingredients.

• Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This means it will protect against ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.

• SPF 30 is best for children who are active outdoors for long periods of time. The higher sun-protection factor blocks out 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. Sunscreens with even higher SPFs don’t offer much additional protection.

• Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are good for young children and those with sensitive skin. Sunscreens with these ingredients physically block the sun’s UVA rays from penetrating the skin. They are best for infants, toddlers and anyone with eczema. They are also effective and safe for older children and adults.

Outdoor fun is part of what summer is all about. But it’s important to protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays.

Dr. Manisha Panchal is a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Santa Clara Center.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and column editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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