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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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Local dentists offer new smiles for vets


ellie Van Houtte/Town crier
Dentists Bruce Hartley, from left, John McFarlane and Joseph Field are slated to host Smiles for Troops Nov. 9 at the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry offices at 99 Third St.

A downtown Los Altos dental office is not only aiming to put smiles on the faces of local military veterans – it seeks to enhance them as well.

Dentists Bruce Hartley, Joseph Field and John McFarlane will host the inaugural Smiles for Troops event Nov. 9 at their Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry (PCCD) office, located at 99 Third St. The all-day event will allow the volunteer group, which includes a horde of PCCD staff members and other dental professionals, to provide free procedures to local military veterans in need of dental care.

Field said he and his colleagues decided to host the event after discovering that even routine dental maintenance procedures, such as cleanings, are few and far between for active military personnel deployed overseas. Playing catch-up with sorely needed dental work can also be a costly burden for those returning home after serving their country.

“We just wanted to find a way to give back to the community,” Field said. “For veterans coming back home, it’s hard to get new jobs, which make their finances challenging. We saw this as a way to address a huge need.”

The event – which will include the services of Dr. Kingstone Shih, an endodontist, and Dr. Joseph Kim, an oral surgeon, will provide a wide range of urgent and cosmetic dental care, including fillings, wisdom teeth removal, root canals and chipped tooth repairs, among other services. While they aim to address the most severe cases first, Field noted that the group has set a goal of assisting approximately 30 veterans at the event.

“We’ve done these kinds of community service projects before, so we’re able to work pretty efficiently and get a lot done in a relatively small amount of time,” he said, pointing specifically to previous volunteer efforts that helped domestic violence victims in Bay Area clinics and abroad.

All participating veterans will also receive a free cleaning, as well as goodie bags containing gifts donated by vendors, including a Sonicare electric toothbrush and other dental hygiene items. Each veteran will also receive a voucher for a complimentary family portrait from local photographer and PCCD client Robyn Basso.

For more information, call 948-5524 or visit pccd.net.

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