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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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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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Westwind Barn management proposals due this week

Los Altos Hills is headed into the home stretch in the process of selecting a new property manager at Westwind Community Barn. The deadline for concessionaires’ proposals is 4 p.m. Thursday.

“The town is looking forward to receiving the proposals,” said Los Altos Hills community services coordinator Sarah Gualtieri of the process, which began in the spring when the city council agreed to seek new barn management.

The past few years have been rocky for the town-owned barn. In addition to financial challenges under town management, the barn lost its Year-Round Riding Program director in June. But with the prospect of a new independent manager and operator, the town anticipates renewed success for the facility.

Since releasing an official request for proposal June 26, Gualtieri said the town has received responses from a number of interested parties. During a July 15 walk-through of the Westwind facilities, eight potential bidders participated with enthusiasm and posed a host of questions, she said.

Although the town will not have a final count on prospective managers until the deadline passes, an evaluation committee is poised to review proposals and conduct interviews in August. If a suitable candidate is identified, the town could award a contract to a new concessionaire by Oct. 17.

The new operator will be responsible for overseeing all horse boarding at the barn, riding programs and the Pacific Ridge Pony Club. To allow for the continuation of town and public use of the facility, the new operator is expected to accommodate the 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program and as many as eight town-organized public events each year.

Although the Year-Round Riding Program has been on hiatus since the end of June, Gualtieri said the program will be operational by late fall, when a new concessionaire takes the reins. In the interim, the 4-H program has been in full swing and the barn continues to accept new horses for boarding.

Gualtieri added that residents should save the date for the annual Los Altos Hills Hoedown, scheduled 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road. In addition to music, crafts and the Community Farmers’ Market garden-grown fruits and vegetables, guests can observe riding demonstrations and equestrian exhibits at the event.

“It’s another way to showcase the facility,” Gualtieri said, emphasizing how integral the barn is to many of Los Altos Hills’ signature traditions.

For more information, visit westwindbarn.com.

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