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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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

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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Linden Tree Books offers holiday book suggestions

Dee Ellman, programs manager at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St. in Los Altos, offers a holiday gift guide of books appropriate for children and teens.

As wintery winds swirl around us for once, the booksellers at Linden Tree Books are scurrying through the shop gathering all kinds of notable and new children’s books. Most of Linden Tree’s booksellers are teachers or librarians, and all are readers and book lovers with dozens of recommendations for the perfect book for holiday gift giving. Following are a few of our favorites.

Picture books

“Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” (Little, Brown, 2013) by Peter Brown

Sameness and being prim and proper bore Mr. Tiger. He lives in a dreary city with all of the other animals who have excellent manners – but very little fun at all. Then one day Mr. Tiger has a very wild idea, which causes him to leave the gray-brown world far behind and find freedom, joy and wilderness and the bright pop of orange and green. This charming new picture book echoes the sentiments of Max in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things” (Harper & Row, 1963), as Mr. Tiger goes home to his city, taking a little bit of that wildness and color with him wherever he goes.

“The Day the Crayons Quit” (Philomel, 2013) by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Duncan wants to color, but all of his crayons have left the box. Instead he is left with letters – all of his crayons have quit. Red is tired of all the fire engines, candy canes and Santas and needs a rest. Green congratulates himself on being chosen for all of the alligators and dinosaurs, while Blue despairs of being the favored color of oceans, rivers and raindrops. Blue is worn down to a stub. Beige is tired of being overlooked. Yellow and Orange squabble over which is the true color of the sun. This book will have kids thinking of color in an entirely new way.

Middle-grades fiction

“Spirit Animals Wild Born” (Scholastic, 2013) by Brandon Mull

Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual. Each of them develops a rare bond with a spirit animal – a wolf, a leopard, a panda and a falcon. The fate of their world Erdas depends on these four children and their spirit animals. Will they be strong enough to stop the coming darkness?

“Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” (Candlewick, 2013) by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Poetic writing, quirky characters and magical illustrations distinguish this book by Newbery Award winner DiCamillo, author of “Because of Winn Dixie” (Candlewick, 2000). Florabelle, a cynical and lonely 10-year-old girl obsessed with comic books, releases a neighborhood squirrel from a vacuum cleaner and finds a new friend. The squirrel has superpowers, and together they use his super strength to fight evil and restore truth and beauty to the world.

Young-adult fiction

“Eleanor & Park” (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013) by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a big girl with red hair, and Park is a half-Korean boy who loves punk music and comic books. They meet on the bus and fall in love. They are an original and unlikely Romeo and Juliet living in 1980s Omaha, Neb. What begins as a love story quickly becomes so much more. Eleanor lives in poverty with an abusive stepfather, her mother and younger siblings. Park’s parents don’t really understand him at all, but both undergo great transformation as they seek to help this pair of star-crossed lovers navigate a world that simply won’t accept their love for one another.

For more information, visit lindentreebooks.com.

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