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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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Take fun approach to teaching children about nutrition


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Cooking with children allows them to contribute to meal preparation and learn about what they are eating.

As children head back to school, life for families becomes more hectic. But just because days are busy, don’t allow nutrition to fall by the wayside. Teaching children nutritious eating habits now can mean a lifetime of health – in addition to the social benefits of eating, laughing and spending time together.

“The more parents can do to involve children in the process, the decisions on what they are eating and where their food comes from, the better off they will be at helping them learn reverence and appreciation for food,” said Anni Daulter, professional cook, nutrition expert and author of several books, including “The Organic Family Cookbook” (Sellers Publishing, 2011).

Following are some simple tips from Daulter to get children excited about nutrition and urge them to make good food choices.

Make mealtime special

Create a routine. Consider starting dinner at the same time each night. Designate different nights for different types of meals, such as vegetarian Mondays or make-your-own pizza Saturdays. Encourage children to help with meal preparation and cleanup, if age appropriate. Light a candle during dinner, and allocate plenty of time for conversation – it’s one of the best ways to bond with loved ones.

“In our fast-paced lives, we have somehow lost the concept that eating is not just about the actual food,” Daulter said. “It’s about the connection, the time spent enjoying every bite, laughing, talking and sharing. Our families need this time together.”

Adopt a healthful morning routine

While many families feel the crunch on weekday mornings, it’s important to make time for breakfast so that children get the nutrition they need before heading to school. Healthful breakfasts incorporate whole grains, protein, fresh fruit and supplements that support brain and body health.

“Supplements can be an easy way for mom and dad to ensure that their children get the important nutrients they need, especially during busy mornings,” Daulter noted.

She recommends giving children a boost of brain-building nutrition with an omega-3 supplement.

“This essential nutrient is brain food, proven to support brain growth and health,” Daulter added. “Additionally, omega-3s support a healthy immune and nervous system.”

Make tasty school lunches

When children are fed better, they learn better, according to Daulter.

“Their bodies react to being fed good, pure foods that give them the fuel they need to get through each and every school day,” she said.

Save time by making lunches the night before, or organize a big Sunday cut-and-chop day for raw ingredients throughout the week.

Daulter said she puts items like black-bean soup, Caesar salad, homemade wheat parmesan chips and Asian pears and clementines in her children’s lunches.

Have nutritious snacks on hand

Daulter said she keeps several small children’s tables throughout the house so that her kids can nibble on snacks while they play. She offers snacks like nuts, homemade fruit roll-ups, pumpkin seeds, veggie popcorn, fresh fruits, carrot sticks and cheese.

“Kids’ bodies tend to be more in tune with their internal signals, and they inherently seem to know that they need more little meals throughout the day rather than three big meals,” she said. “Eating smaller portions frequently throughout the day provides more energy when we need it and is easier for our bodies to digest.”

Teach better eating habits

Most children enjoy being involved in the meal preparation process. When you go to the grocery store or farmers’ market, allow children to help select veggies and fruits. If you grow your own, let them pick the produce and help wash, peel and prep it for meals.

“My kids and their friends love to cook and help us prepare meals, and the more we include them in the process, the more invested they become in their own health,” Daulter said. “Even the youngest child can help mix in flour for fresh bread or learn to whip her own honey butter.”

Daulter said including children in meal preparation gives them not only practical and valuable life skills, but also “loving memories of family cooking days that were spent laughing, creating and, of course, eating.”

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