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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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LAH resident wild about spice business

Los Altos Hills resident Jane Evans recently decided to spice up her life by starting an at-home business.

The benefits go beyond making money. As a full-time caregiver for her husband, Henry, physically immobile due to a stroke, Evans became a representative for Wildtree Spices because she loves the healthful nature of the products and the company’s home-sales component allows her to hold parties and have fun.

“My husband is loving it,” she said. “I throw a tasting party and we see people we haven’t seen in years.”

Evans said she joined primarily because she appreciated the approach of Wildtree founder Leslie Montie of Rhode Island, who started the business in 1996 as a mother concerned about her children’s allergic reactions to conventional spices. The founding mission was to provide natural, nutritious, delicious and easy-to-prepare products.

“I was really touched by that story,” said Evans, who added that she has tried and enjoyed most of the 60-plus products offered, all certified organic and fat free.

She has hosted 40 tastings since starting the business in November. She has learned to tie items such as fresh rosemary, grapeseed oil and celery salt to a variety of healthful meals that prove easy to make.

Evans said Wildtree spices enhance meals that can be put on the table in 20 minutes or used in slow-cook items like spaghetti sauce. She also has conducted “freezer meal” workshops to demonstrate how to prepare meals in advance.

Although some home-based, direct-sales businesses don’t have the greatest reputations, Evans, a self-described skeptic, said she is completely sold on Wildtree.

“Wildtree has online training as well as help in all levels if you ever need to speak to a live person,” she said. “The support is amazing.”

Evans said the upfront costs are approximately $100 plus shipping, for a total of roughly $115.

“That’s the cost of a grocery bill,” she said. “If you find the business is not working, you can literally eat your starter kit since it’s all food products. … What I love the most is that it’s your own business. You can spend very little time on it or make it a career.”

Evans said her health has improved since starting the business.

“I went to the doctor and saw my cholesterol numbers coming down,” she said.

For more information, call 279-3768 or visit mywildtree.com/janespices.

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