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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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A reason to ride: The Bicycle Outfitter hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Ride


Photos courtesy of Bicycle Outfitters
The Bicycle Outfitter’s Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride draws more than 200 cyclists annually. Riders often display the names of loved ones affected by the disease.

A horde of cyclists will soon gather in Los Altos to ride for a worthy cause.

The Bicycle Outfitter, located at 963 Fremont Ave., is scheduled to host its sixth annual “Ride for Cause,” the Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Oct. 12. The fundraising ride benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Cyclists riding the 50-mile route start at 8 a.m., the 25-mile route begins at 9 a.m. and the 10-mile riders leave at 10 a.m.

The Los Altos store is one of approximately 100 Trek Bicycle dealers that host the ride nationwide.

“It’s the biggest event we have all year,” said Dave Prion, the store’s general manager. “It’s for a great cause, and I do get people who will stop me at the grocery store, for instance, and thank me for doing it.”

Prion noted that the local event typically draws 200 or more cyclists and raises approximately $6,000 annually. The store has placed fifth (out of 100) in fund-raising and attendance each year. This year’s riding fee, the bulk of the funds contributed to the cause, is $30 per cyclist.

The Los Altos ride is unique in that it features a 50-mile ride, in addition to the 10- and 25-mile routes typically offered by other participating Trek dealers. Detailed maps of the three routes are available on the store’s website.

Prion said it’s common to see riders display the names of breast cancer survivors and victims on participants’ racing jerseys.

“This is not just about raising money,” he said. “It’s about the camaraderie. … This is about bringing people together.”

The day includes a complimentary lunch provided by Tom’s Depot, a raffle with prizes donated by The Bicycle Outfitters’ vendors and Loyola Corners’ merchants Allied Auto Works and Los Altos Health & Fitness.

To register and for more information, visit bicycleoutfitter.com.

For more information on the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, visit bcrfcure.org.

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