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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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LAHS students participate in Science and Tech Week


ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High School students took in hands-on presentations last week during Science and Technology Week. Intuitive Surgical brought in robotic surgical equipment that students had the opportunity to test.

Tahlee Baynard, research science manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, used a Rubik’s Cube last week to illustrate life to a class of teenagers at Los Altos High School.

“Your life is like the Rubik’s Cube, it’s up to you to figure it out,” he said. “You have opportunities every single day. Chase the ones that are important to you.”

Baynard was one of many professionals who discussed careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during Los Altos High School’s eighth annual Science and Technology Week Oct. 21-23.

Speakers demonstrated the long-term value of a math and science education to encourage students to take more math and science classes, raise awareness of the variety of related career opportunities, highlight the diverse backgrounds of current professionals and inspire students to think creatively and join the ranks of innovative thinkers for the next generation.

Students attended lectures on an array of STEM-related tools or careers. Several included hands-on participation, such as using robotic surgical equipment and learning how to administer CPR to a victim.

“We are right here in Silicon Valley,” said Sarah Malcuso, a long-time Science and Tech Week volunteer. “We have all this amazing stuff going on and we want to share that with the kids.”

Intuitive Surgical Inc. provided a hands-on demonstration of the da Vinci Surgical System to explain how the technology enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations. Students had the opportunity to sit at the console and manipulate the instruments, while other students observed the operators’ actions on a video monitor.

“I’ve been telling the kids we have 3,000 jobs and they aren’t all surgeons,” said Nicky Espinosa, engineer at Intuitive Surgical. “There are jobs that run the gamut of skill sets.”

Officials from Foothill College’s Certified Medical Technician (CMT) program demonstrated ways they handled first-response situations and touted the benefits of their 9-month evening program.

Digital building blocks, 3D printing, how to make a Pixar movie, using an iPhone for musical creation and Facebook mobile apps are just a few of the presentations students could attend during the three-day event.

Speakers shared information on their current projects and described how fundamental science affects their day-to-day work. They explained the preparation needed for the careers and how their own high school experiences influenced them to pursue science and technology beyond graduation.


Eighth Annual Science and Technology Week - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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