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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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Senior author showcases limited-edition books at local Litquake event


Courtesy of Moldaw Residences
Former Los Altos resident Frederica Postman, who now lives at Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto, creates limited-edition artists’ books like “The True Collector.” She showcased her talent last month at Litquake Palo Alto.

Former Los Altos resident Frederica Postman discussed her limited-edition artists’ books last month at the second Litquake Palo Alto, a festival of books, community and ideas held at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

Postman, now a resident of Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto, has enjoyed writing and expressing herself through art. After publishing and selling three limited-edition artists’ books on various topics, she is quite familiar with the book writing and publishing processes.

Her works, however, may not be familiar to the everyday reader. She creates specialized books that are produced in small editions and often as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as “uniques.”

“These can be hard to describe,” Postman said. “They are handmade books – literally, works of art – and the collectors who buy them treat them as such. They are not just something you take out of a library.”

Postman was a letterpress printer for 50 years, so she began creating the books herself with artist Bonnie Stone, who illustrated them. Together, they completed the entire printing process and would sell their painstakingly crafted masterpieces.

“The True Collector,” for example, is a handmade book assembled alphabetically about particular things people collect, with a short essay on each letter. Postman and Stone created only 100 copies, which sold out at The Woodlands Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.

“The entire process of these literary pieces of art coming together is like watching your child grow,” Postman said. “The end result brings tremendous satisfaction and pride. It’s work, but it’s also great pleasure.”

Postman had attended previous Litquake events in San Francisco to celebrate all kinds of literature. She said she appreciated participating in one closer to home – Moldaw residences is adjacent to the Oshman center.

“We are proud to have such renowned and accomplished authors like … Frederica living here at Moldaw,” said Miki Raver, lifestyles services director at Moldaw Residences. “And we’re thrilled to be connected with the JCC offering this Litquake Palo Alto event for the second year. It’s a great opportunity for our residents and the community to enjoy.”

For more information on Litquake Palo Alto, visit paloaltojcc.org/litquake.

For more information on Moldaw Residences, call (800) 873-9614 or visit moldaw.org.

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