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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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Camp Galileo expands local offerings


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Summer Quest camper Eli Jarvis sands the steering wheel on his go-kart at Santa Rita School last month.

Camp Galileo, the longtime Los Altos summer camp provider, expanded its offerings this year to include incoming fifth- through eighth-graders in its Summer Quest program.

Summer Quest allows participants to pick a “major” and perform in-depth work in one topic during one-week sessions. Classes available in Los Altos include Video Game Design, Fashion Design, Go-Kart Builders, Chefology and Inventor’s Workshop.

“By fifth grade, we think kids have this ability to find their passion and go deep on something and experiment in one field, so we offer this wide range of options from the arts to the tech to the builders and makers,” said Jessica Ellis, lead curriculum designer for Camp Galileo programs.

Camp Galileo for younger students, a Los Altos mainstay for many years, combines art, science and outdoor activities.

Mentors and the small, team-oriented classes aim to inspire campers to pursue their passions, organizers said, creating “burgeoning visionaries” in the process.

In the Video Game Design class, students spend the week learning how to create a video game with challenges and levels. The Fashion Design class exposes students to the basics and introduces skills such as altering garments to match students’ unique styles. Students in the Go-Kart Builders class construct go-karts, customizing their vehicles based on their tastes and what they think would enhance their speed.

Kim Marcis, Los Altos camp director, said she really enjoys the quality of the curriculum.

“We develop innovators that can envision and create a better world,” she said. “So through our curriculum we are teaching a mindset, teaching a process to be creative and be visionary – basically have an idea and really go with it.”

Marcis added that the Summer Quest and Camp Galileo experiences allow students to learn differently.

“I have two kids, and when I think about what kind of values I want to instill in them, I want them to believe that their ideas are worthwhile and worth pursuing,” she said. “This type of thinking is not as encouraged in a classic classroom setting. That is why I think having this camp experience is so valuable.”

A recent tour of Summer Quest showed students engaged in variety of activities, from selecting steering wheels for their go-karts to altering clothing. Each class boasted instructors trained to help campers realize their personal visions and boost their decision-making skills.

Galileo Learning, an Oakland-based company that operates summer enrichment camps throughout the Bay Area, designs programs to emphasize a hands-on curriculum that promotes creativity, innovation and teamwork, according to organizers.

Using the Galileo Innovation Approach, camp organizers said, the programs teach children to innovate without fear of failing, building their creative confidence through a curriculum that complements school-year academics and “delivers all the fun” of summer camp. Offerings were developed in collaboration with the Chabot Space & Science Center, the de Young Museum, Klutz, The Tech Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center.

For more information, visit galileo-learning.com.


Camp Galileo - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/ Los Altos Town Crier

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