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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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Community Briefs

Children’s Corner holds baby-clothing drive

Los Altos-Mountain View Children’s Corner preschool has scheduled a holiday clothing drive to benefit the nonprofit Loved Twice, which supplies newborns in need with quality used baby clothing and accessories for the first year of life.

Items accepted include blankets, socks, hats, board books, pants, bibs, jackets, dresses, diapers and Baby Bjorn carriers.

Drop gently used accessories and clothing in sizes for newborns to 12 months 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at Children’s Corner, Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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Annual clothing drive supports Career Closet

Option 1 Staffing Services Inc., a Los Altos staffing agency, is partnering with Career Closet for its third annual women’s clothing drive.

Option 1 Staffing is collecting gently used clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags and accessories to donate to the nonprofit Career Closet, which enables women to re-enter the workplace with the clothing and accessories they need to make a good first impression and land the job they want.

Drop donations at Option 1, 4410 El Camino Real, Suite 110, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call 941-5115.

Toys for Tots accepts donations

All Horizons Travel, owned by Maureen and Roy Jones, is serving as a collection station for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program during the holiday season.

Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys for underserved children at the agency, 160 Main St. in Los Altos, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Tuesday.

Roy Jones, a retired lieutenant colonel who served in the Marines, has been involved with the Toys for Tots program since 1953.

For more information, call 941-5810.

Conversation centers on planning

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a Community Conversation 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St.

Attendees will discuss the question: “Is Los Altos Planning Ahead?”

Local architect Bill Maston will lead the discussion of downtown Los Altos planning efforts. Maston has been involved in planning for Los Altos and Mountain View for several years. He has served on parking, downtown and zoning committees since 1992.

Los Altos Forward, a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is a grassroots group promoting and advocating vibrancy in downtown Los Altos.

Admission is free and open to the public.

To RSVP, visit eventbrite.com/event/9037845439.

For more information, visit losaltosforward.org.

Volunteer awards scheduled Friday

The 31st Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Friday at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The awards recognize volunteers whose service has impacted Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.

Community volunteer Duncan MacVicar will be the keynote speaker.

Tickets, $30, are available online and at the door.

For tickets and more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.

Docent discusses Hockney exhibition

Fine-arts docent Jim Kohn is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition,” the current display at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Many of the landscapes in the exhibition are of monumental proportions, including multicanvas oil paintings and large-scale digital movies shot with multiple cameras, some requiring as many as 18 monitors. “David Hockney,” which runs through Jan. 20, is the largest exhibition in the museum’s history, featuring more than 300 works of art.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org or sccl.org.

MROSD sponsors January hikes

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has scheduled a variety of hikes in January.

• Jan. 1: “A Fresh Start,” noon to 2:30 p.m. at Los Trancos.

• Jan. 5: “Happy Dogs Hike,” 10 a.m. to noon at Pulgas Ridge.

• Jan 18: “Tafoni Trek,” 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at El Corte de Madera Creek.

• Jan. 18: “Winter in the Watershed,” 10 a.m. to noon at Picchetti Ranch.

Some hikes require reservations.

For reservations, directions, a complete list of hikes and more information, call 691-2150 or visit openspace.org.

GreenTown hosts session on lighting

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the presentation “Shedding Light on Lighting” 7-9 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13. S. San Antonio Road.

The discussion is designed to help attendees understand the changes in light bulbs and light fixtures as they evolved over the past decade.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

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