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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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Rolling on the river: Scenic Columbia tour offers history, hikes and waterfalls


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
The Columbia River’s Bonneville Lock and Dam, built circa 1933, attracts engineering enthusiasts.

The spectacular view from the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

If you’re anywhere near Portland, Ore., make time to travel along the grand waterway to see the amazing waterfalls from Troutdale to Dodson. Guided outfitters shepherd hikers through, or you can drive the historic Columbia River Highway, stopping at each of the parking areas to hike the trails up. Cute bed and breakfasts pop up along the route, and there’s plenty of antiquing as well.

Stop first at Crown Point’s Vista House, an art-deco building built circa 1917 as a “haven for travelers,” according to a plaque on the wall. The house also serves as a memorial to the Oregon pioneers who first saw the Cascade Range and majestic Mount Hood in the distance.

The Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Natural Landmark. The structure’s floors are made of Alaskan marble. Friends of Vista House, a nonprofit organization, runs a gift shop that sells history books and souvenirs as well as an espresso bar for the caffeine-deprived.

Once you leave Crown Point, follow the greenery for the next five miles or so to several beautiful falls – Latourell, Shepperd’s Dell, Bridal Veil and Wahkeena.

Several picnic tables and state parks along the way invite visitors to take in the views and perhaps stop for a bite to eat.

Before long, you’ll reach the awe-inspiring, 620-foot Multnomah Falls. Trails lead from the Multnomah Falls Lodge to the lower falls, and from there to the summit. A 1914 footbridge spans both sides of the mountain. The signature waterfall attracts hordes of visitors in the summer, so be prepared to wait for parking.

Back on Highway 84, you’ll pass Horsetail Falls, which is so close to the highway that it might shower your car.

Engineering enthusiasts and children might appreciate a stop at Bonneville Lock and Dam, built in 1933 and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A project of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, portions of the project were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Approximately 40 miles east of Portland, the area boasts a gift shop and an educational center. A fish-ladder viewing window enables visitors to watch the salmon, steelhead sturgeon and other species. The ladder allows adult fish to return to spawning grounds beyond the dam.

For more information, visit the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association at crgva.org.

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