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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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Community Briefs

Lecture addresses native birds, plants

The Los Altos Library and the California Native Plant Society have scheduled “Native Birds, Native Plants: Made for Each Other” 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Executive Director Bob Power of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society will discuss the organization’s current priorities and the areas in which the Audubon and Native Plant societies complement each other’s efforts. Power will address how native fauna depend on native plants for their existence and survival.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Hidden Villa hosts farm-to-table event

Hidden Villa has scheduled its 17th Annual Duveneck Humanitarian Awards Dinner 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the facility’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The event, whose theme is “A Place at the Table,” will feature a reception highlighting Hidden Villa’s programs and a farm-to-table dinner using the organic farm’s pastured meats and vegetables.

Hidden Villa will recognize three local individuals who exemplify the nonprofit’s mission and values through their environmental, social and educational activism. This year’s honorees include Audrey Rust, a leader in open-space preservation; the Noble and Lorraine Hancock family; and food pioneer Sibella Kraus.

The awards dinner is Hidden Villa’s primary fundraising event. Proceeds underwrite partnerships and scholarship opportunities.

Tickets are $250 per person.

For tickets and more information, call 949-9702, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit hiddenvilla.eventbrite.com.

Santa Clara Corvettes hosts car show

Santa Clara Corvettes has scheduled its 37th Annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday 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.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit sccorvettes.org or wscc.ws.

Presentation spotlights Bulgari exhibition

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to deliver an illustrated lecture on Bulgari jewelry 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Payne’s presentation will complement “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950-1990,” the exhibition featured at San Francisco’s de Young museum Saturday through Feb. 17.

Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. There are approximately 140 show-stopping pieces along with sketches that illuminate the process used to create the jewels. American clients are emphasized, with several pieces from the collection of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor.

For more information on the lecture, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org. For more information on the exhibition, visit deyoung.famsf.org.

LALE highlights high-tech library tools

To introduce cardholders to its resources, the Los Altos Library Endowment (LALE) has scheduled its first After Hours at the Library program, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Director Sandra Hirsh of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University will discuss “Library Technology: Connecting with the Community.”

In addition to the discussion, library staff and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate new technologies and resources available to library users, including The Whipple Collection (the complete collection of the Teaching Company’s Great Courses available for checkout) and a new early-literacy program using iPads in the children’s area.

Librarians and LALE board members will be available to offer explanations and answer questions in each of the demonstration areas.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For reservations, call 948-3421 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit lalendow.org.

Historic Bike Tour rides again

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the second Historic Bike Tour of Los Altos 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 beginning at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The 8-mile tour will cover various local points of interest and include stops at nearly two dozen of the city’s historical sites and homes. Riders can learn the stories behind the sites and their significance.

The tour finishes back at the museum for lunch.

Cost is $20 per person, free for children under 18. Proceeds benefit GreenTown Los Altos and the Los Altos History Museum.

To register on Eventbrite, visit historicbiketour2013.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit losaltoshistory.org.

Local preparedness resources available

September is National Preparedness Month, and opportunities for disaster training and neighborhood organizing are available locally.

• The Los Altos Recreation Department has scheduled three free Personal Emergency Preparedness courses where participants can learn about workplace and home safety; disabling gas, electric and water valves; using fire extinguishers; and using forms of emergency communications.

Classes are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.; 6-9 p.m. Nov. 4 at Grant Park Community Center, 1575 Holt Ave.; and 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hillview Community Center.

To register, visit losaltosrecreation.org and use class code 210813.

• Los Altos PREPARE, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, invites local residents to attend its monthly meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos.

The group aims to mobilize neighborhoods to respond in the wake of a major emergency or natural disaster.

For more information, visit losaltosprepare.org.

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