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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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Comment

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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Schools Briefs

LAHS offers holiday concerts

The Los Altos High School instrumental music program has scheduled two holiday events.

• 7 p.m. today: The concert band and string orchestra will perform in Eagle Theater.

• 7 p.m. Thursday: The symphonic band, wind ensemble and chamber orchestra will perform in Eagle Theater.

Tickets for both concerts are $8 adult, $5 students.

Eagle Theater is located at 201 Almond Ave.

Egan hosts Holiday Faire

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 100 W. Portola Avenue, Los Altos.

More than 300 students will host 170 booths with original handcrafted items, including hats, scarves, jewelry, homemade treats, ornaments, candies and wallets.

The Holiday Faire, designed to teach students entrepreneurism and service skills, raises money for the school library.

For more information, visit eganschool.org.

BCS schedules parent info nights

Bullis Charter School has scheduled parent information nights to highlight its K-6 and seventh- and eighth-grade programs.

Information nights on the K-6 program are slated 7 p.m. today and Jan. 13. Seventh- and eighth-grade presentations are set for 7 p.m. Jan. 7. All presentations will take place in the charter school’s multipurpose room, 102 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

Superintendent/Principal Wanny Hersey will provide a comprehensive overview of the school’s programs and approach to education.

For more information, call 947-4939 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cares and Shares sponsors toy drive

Cares and Shares, Courtyard Marriott’s community support program serving Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, has scheduled a toy drive through Dec. 20.

Cares and Shares, in partnership with the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, is collecting unwrapped toys for youth ages 5-18 at the Courtyard Marriott, 4320 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Those who donate will receive a complimentary breakfast and a tall Starbucks coffee.

In addition to the toy drive, Cares and Shares facilitates nonprofit organizations in fundraising by encouraging local residents, visitors, sports teams, merchants and businesses to book weekend or holiday room nights at the Courtyard Marriott in Los Altos. For every night booked, the group will receive a $30 donation from Courtyard Marriott.

For more information, visit caresshares.com or marriott.com/paocy.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate the outdoors.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of nature. The program reaches all grade levels in the district, and lesson content includes science, math and social studies. The program recently expanded to schools in the Mountain View-Whisman School District.

Training and materials are provided. No teaching experience is required. A docent and often an assistant docent along with one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom.

Training for the Mountain View district is scheduled 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 7 in the Mountain View-Whisman School District boardroom at 750-A San Pierre Way. The training will address the English Language Learner population.

Los Altos district trainings are scheduled 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 13 and 27 in the Los Altos School District boardroom, 201 Covington Road.

For more information, call 947-1103 or email Caroline Chan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local groups seek volunteers

JustREAD, a nonprofit, community-funded literacy program, seeks tutors to work at least one hour per week to help middle and high school students with reading.

The program trains tutors to work one-on-one with students in a supervised classroom setting during the school year.

JustMATH, a community-volunteer math-tutoring program, needs volunteer tutors to work at least one hour per week to help students improve their math skills.

For more information and to sign up for the next orientation class, email Wendy Furuichi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 940-7402 or visit justreadcenters.org.

JustMATH also seeks a site coordinator to manage one of its middle school tutoring programs. The site coordinator will oversee the scheduling of students/tutors and manage tutoring sessions. The part-time, volunteer position requires approximately five to eight hours per week.

For more information on the position, call 940-7402 or email Lisa Cittadino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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