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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

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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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Community Briefs

Los Altos PREPARE hosts monthly meeting

Members of the Los Altos PREPARE program invite local residents to attend their monthly meeting 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos.

Los Altos PREPARE, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, engages residents, emergency response agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that the community is prepared to respond to major disasters and emergencies.

For more information, call 888-2610, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit losaltoscf.org/losaltosprepare.

Hoedown brings music to LAH Sept. 7

Los Altos Hills has scheduled its annual Hoedown 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road.

The event will feature bluegrass music by Sidesaddle & Company, a riding demonstration by 4-H and Pacific Ridge Pony Club members and soap-making, leather-tooling and textile-arts demonstrations.

Children and their families can participate in craft activities and games with prizes.

To host a table of games, crafts or garden harvests, call Sarah Gualtieri at 947-7518 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CSA honors Hometown Heroes

The Community Services Agency has scheduled its annual Hometown Heroes Recognition Breakfast 7:15-9 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Microsoft Corp. Silicon Vlley Campus, Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Hometown Heroes recognizes local community members and businesses that have positively impacted the community.

This year the event will honor Los Altos residents and community volunteers Jean and Barbara Mordo and past and present Mountain View City Councils.

Tickets are $45 per person. Those who would like to sponsor a table of 10 can call 968-0836, ext. 115, or email Jim Boin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For tickets and more information, email Christina Sudairy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tour de Coop flies again

The second Silicon Valley Tour de Coop is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

The Tour de Coop is a self-guided bicycle tour of local chicken coops, gardens and beehives. The goal of the ride is to inspire production of healthful and sustainable food supplies for surrounding communities.

The owners of more than 32 coops have applied to be included in this year’s event. After registering, tourists will receive a map of the tour route.

For more information, call 793-0475 or visit tourdecoop.org.

Train Days rolls in to History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled Train Days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The annual event showcases model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars, complete with steam, lights and sound, will speed along rails. Visitors are invited to explore and ask questions about the gauges and scales associated with American and Asian model railroading layouts.

In 1907, Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto to Los Gatos.

Mirroring railroad development through the years, Train Days tracks the transition from early steam locomotives to diesel engines and electric and high-speed passenger trains – all scaled in miniature.

Food, beverages and train items will be available for purchase.

Admission is $5 per person, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Santa Clara Corvettes sponsors car show

Santa Clara Corvettes has scheduled its 37th Annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show Sept. 22 on Main Street in Los Altos. Registration will open at 8 a.m., followed by judging at 11 a.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m.

The show, one of the largest all-Corvette events on the West Coast, will feature approximately 165 new, classic and racing Corvettes lining both sides of Main Street. Main will be closed to car traffic from First Street to San Antonio Road but will remain open to foot traffic.

In addition to showcasing Corvettes, the event will include a live band, raffle prizes and vendors.

Admission is free. A portion of proceeds benefits local charities.

For more information, call David Johnston at (408) 255-2183 or Ray Taylor at (510) 656-2301, or visit sccorvettes.org or wscc.ws.

LAH organizes ‘Old Timers’ event

The Los Altos Hills History Committee has scheduled an “Old Timers” gathering for people who have lived in town for 35-plus years 2-5 p.m. Oct. 20 under the oak tree at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The event will offer attendees the opportunity to share memories and reconnect with old friends.

Snacks and wine will be served.

RSVP by Oct. 10 to City Clerk Deborah Padovan at 947-2513.

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