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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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Helix: Ultimate science experiment arrives in downtown Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Owen, David and Zach Brunner of Los Altos, above, from left, put their hands together to conduct energy in one of Helix’s nearly 30 science exhibits. The Exploratorium recently opened the downtown Los Altos location at 316 State St.

First art, now science.

Los Altos is becoming an incubator for experimental projects, with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos” exhibition and the newly opened Helix, the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s first satellite location.

Visitors walking past Helix’s 316 State St. location may find it difficult to resist the allure of some curious science contraptions that sit just feet from the front window of the 5,000-square-foot community science center.

Funded by a one-year grant from Los Altos-based Passerelle Investment Co., the new space boasts approximately 25 kiosks with activities that challenge youth and adults alike to explore scientific principles in engaging ways.

From a “Scope on a Rope” that allows guests to magnify things around them at a microscopic scale and view them on a big screen to an anamorphic mirror that demonstrates how a concave piece of glass reflects the objects around it, the variety of possible experiments in the space offers much to fascinate and challenge visitors.

“It’s been surprisingly popular,” said Helix Director Anne Richardson of how the new space has been received since it opened for a soft launch Nov. 23. “People are happy that Los Altos has something like this to offer.”

The multipurpose space offers two floors of exhibit space, a retail shop and a classroom on the second floor that will be used for community programming.

Visitors may want to return to Helix more than once, as new installations are scheduled to rotate into and out of the space frequently.

Admission to Helix is “pay what you wish,” a decision made to ensure that the community space was accessible to all.

Although Helix is scheduled to be open through November 2014, Richardson said organizers are exploring revenue models that may keep the science center open even longer.

“We want people to feel like it’s their center,” Richardson said.

Helix’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesday, 1-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For a calendar of upcoming events and more information, visit helixlosaltos.org.


Helix opens in Los Altos - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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