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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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20 years and counting : Downtown design and construction firm celebrates anniversary


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Ilona Lindauer, founder and president of IKB, right, started her company after learning how to redesign her own Los Altos home. The company is celebrating 20 years in the construction industry.

It all started with a do-it-yourself home project, a little energy and a lot of learning for IKB founder and president Ilona Lindauer.

Lindauer, a Los Altos resident since 1973, recently recalled the humble start that led her to found her design, construction and interior services company, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary in the business. According to Lindauer, IKB’s roots lie in her desire to renovate parts of her own Los Altos home in the mid-1980s.

“I started this business because I wanted something to keep me busy,” Lindauer said with a chuckle, recalling the steps she originally took to redesign her home. “It was just something I figured I was good at.”

Despite her can-do mindset, Lindauer said she quickly learned that there was much more to redesigning a home than she anticipated. She began taking design classes locally and eventually earned her certification as a kitchen and bath designer. A few years later, the New York native took things a step further, earning her general contractor’s license and founding the Main Street-based IKB.

“I had a tool belt and I hung Sheetrock,” Lindauer said of her company’s modest start. “One thing led to another. … I found that I liked all aspects of the (design and construction) business. I liked building, I liked talking to clients – there’s nothing I didn’t like about it.”

Lindauer, who currently serves as a board member for the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, said the key to her company’s success comes down to a willingness to apply a little elbow grease.

“It’s just hard work. … It’s about meeting with clients and keeping the lines of communication open. It’s about making promises and keeping them,” she said.

She also credited her staff of seven at IKB for the company’s sustained success. IKB has won numerous industry accolades, including a National Association of the Remodeling Industry Award, since the company’s inception.

“I think we have a phenomenal team here,” she said. “They are what makes our company great.”

Lindauer noted that while many things have changed over the 20-year span, one thing hasn’t – her passion for her work.

“I still want to do a good job,” she noted. “I want to put people in functional, beautiful environments that meet their unique needs.”

IKB is located at 346 Main St. For more information, visit ikbinc.com.


IKB celebrates 20 years in business - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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