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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

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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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Kiwanis Club of Los Altos ups its goals of providing more service to needy residents


Kiwanis Club of Los Altos members support the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto by purchasing turkeys for the program to deliver to families in need.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos recently kicked off its 67th year of serving the community with a new president at the helm.

Charmaine Turbow took the reins as president and outlined her goals for the club.

“The rat race has trapped most of us into checking our smartphones every two minutes and honking our horns at each other to hurry up,” she said. “Service shouldn’t be defined by the sick or poor, or designed by the holidays when we see signs to give back. I truly think it’s important to give back year-round, and that’s why I think our service club is one of the best around.”

The club sponsors a number of annual events, including the Kiwanis Pet Parade and the Kiwanis Special Games for challenged students in Santa Clara County.

In addition to its traditional mainstays, the club launched new projects this year, including harvesting apples from Turbow’s Los Altos Hills backyard and donating the bounty to the Community Services Agency.

“This was my very first service project with the Los Altos Kiwanis group,” said new member Stephanie Schmitz of the apple-picking party. “I had so much fun bonding with the members and picking apples as a team. It reminded me of living in Ohio and going into the apple orchards to pick apples with my family. It felt great knowing that such a fun project could actually be so beneficial and rewarding.”

Turbow plans to replace one of the club’s weekly meetings each month with a service project.

“Service projects can be as simple as refurbishing picnic tables for kids or picking up trash in a park,” she said. “My leadership this year runs on the sole premise, ‘If we call ourselves a service organization, then we better well get our hands dirty and serve our community.’”

Earlier this month, members enjoyed a bag lunch and pitched in at the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto, restocking food shelves and boxing vegetables and fruit for those in need.

“It was amazing how much we accomplished in just one hour with the large group of volunteers we had participating,” said club member Bob Galen. “We had fun but remained focused on our assignments. It felt great to know that we were able to lighten the load of the employees at the Ecumenical Hunger Program so that they could concentrate on other tasks.”

Members gathered last week at the Safeway on San Antonio Road to purchase more than 150 turkeys to deliver to the Ecumenical Hunger Program for distribution to families in need for Thanksgiving.

The club plans to partner with The Makery in downtown Los Altos next month to make holiday cards for patients at El Camino Hospital.

“I love how much we give back to our community,” Turbow said. “We are truly a club that is small and mighty. But we can’t do it without members. So if there is even a cell within you, a bug that says, ‘I want to give back,’ I urge you to come join us in a service project.”

Four new members have joined the club in the past few months. The club meets noon Tuesdays for lunch at the Kiwanis Club House, 4546 El Camino Real, Suite B-4, Los Altos. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.

For more information, visit losaltoskiwanis.org.

Traci Newell is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos.

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