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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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First Friday celebrates second anniversary


Sharon Storms/Special to the Town Crier
Members of the accordion group the Sunday Seven perform in front of Le Boulanger in downtown Los Altos during First Friday festivities Dec. 6.

Los Altos Forward volunteers celebrated the second anniversary of First Friday events at a Dec. 6 party at Nature Gallery.

A grassroots group supported by the Los Altos Community Foundation, Los Altos Forward comprises local residents, business owners and property owners who promote community vibrancy in downtown Los Altos.

“First Fridays are exciting because they are multigenerational events that bring the community together,” said Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery.

Monthly First Fridays are designed to encourage people to visit downtown to socialize while supporting local businesses and restaurants. Each First Friday boasts a theme, many of which highlight the work of other community organizations. Over the past two years, First Friday has saluted local veterans in partnership with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, joined forces with Los Altos School District art docent Kimberly Dickerson to feature a “Los Altos Youth Welcomes SFMOMA” theme and collaborated with the Los Altos Village Association to host the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Community Plaza.

First Fridays include live music from students and adults, coordinated by Jacqueline Trager, extended shopping hours and a scavenger hunt and drawing. Student volunteers from the high school Key Club and retired seniors welcome attendees on the streets and distribute information on the evening’s activities.

“It has been very exciting and rewarding to experience the support of the downtown businesses, the Town Crier, the city, property owners and the community toward making our downtown vibrant and special,” said Joe Eyre, founder of First Fridays. “First Fridays have broadened perspectives from which even more innovative ideas will develop in the near future.”

In 2014, Garsten and Jamie Lucia of Los Altos Community Chiropractic will co-lead First Friday planning and events.

Despite a busy holiday season, First Friday organizers aren’t slowing down to start the new year. The next First Friday is scheduled Jan. 3.

For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.

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