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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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Foothill sponsors two-day tech conference

Foothill College is scheduled to host the second Innovative Educators Technology Conference, “Leveraging Technology to Support Students, Faculty & Staff,” noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the college’s Smithwick Theatre, Room 1001, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

According to Denise Swett, Ed.D., Foothill’s vice president of student services, the two-day conference is designed for faculty, staff and administrators from K-12 schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Attendees can learn how inventive technology-based solutions can reduce staff overload, engage students, support innovative instruction, promote career opportunities and supplement services impacted by budgetary reductions. Presenters will focus on how to use technology to improve student support and staff development so that educators do more with less.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by Alexis Ringwald, LearnUp co-founder and CEO; Candace Thiele, Stanford University Graduate School of Education assistant professor; Andrew Maguire, InternMatch founder and CEO; Chuck Geiger, chief technology officer at Chegg; and Elizabeth Slavitt of Khan Academy.

Workshop topics include using a flipped classroom, leveraging analytics, building mobile apps for higher education and increasing online student retention.

“With increasingly limited resources and high demands from students, faculty and staff, institutions are finding it difficult to provide effective support services,” Swett said. “We want educators from our community to come explore a wide range of technology solutions that are focused on supporting student success, such as teaching and learning, learning analytics, mobile applications, Massive Open Online Courses and professional development. There will also be a special strand on using technology for communicating about campus safety.”

The conference is underwritten by sponsors and exhibitors, and does not expend any college or public funds.

Admission is free and includes registration, parking, exhibit-hall access, giveaways and a continental breakfast and lunch Oct. 25. Register in advance for free conference admission.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide the best access to the theater.

To register, for a conference schedule and for more information, call Swett at 949-7524, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit innovativeeducators.org.

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