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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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Tahoe Tidbits: Skiing, eating and music beckon visitors

North Shore

Imagine schussing down the steepest slopes at Northstar this winter with the sunlight twinkling on the snow. With the Hit the Slopes Package offered by the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, it could happen.

The package includes a deluxe or mountain guestroom, two three-day adult or child’s ski lift tickets at Northstar – with ski valet – for $529 per night. The special runs through April 20 and requires a four-night consecutive stay.

The hotel brings more to the winter party with its new Backyard Bar and BBQ, located on the back patio, when skiers hop off the gondola.

Daily 4-6 p.m. après-ski specials include veggie, cheese or barbecue wood-fired oven-baked pizzas; six-beer buckets for $20; and half-priced flatbreads. Enjoy hearty half- or full-rack smoked ribs, beef-brisket sandwiches or a smattering of sides like smoked pork beans, and a selection of desserts. Items range from $15 to $25.

Guests can order local craft beers or “saloon-inspired” cocktails, according to hotel spokeswoman Robin Penning.

The 170-room AAA Five-Diamond hotel features the Highlands Spa, which includes a fitness center and treatments centered on water and woods.

Café Blue offers organic Blue Bottle Coffee, and the Manzanita Restaurant serves California cuisine with organic, locally grown meats. For $75 per person, parties of eight can sit at the chef’s table next to the exposition kitchen for a culinary education from the chef de cuisine.

Another popular event occurs nightly outside at the fire pit, where a “marshmologist” teaches The Art of the S’more.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is located at 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee.

For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/LakeTahoe.

South Shore

There’s more to Tahoe than skiing.

Starship starring Mickey Thomas, the band derived from Jefferson Airplane, rocks into the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The band promises to play its biggest hits, including “We Built This City,” “Nothing’s Going to Stop Us” and “Sara.” Thomas also provided lead vocals on the Elvin Bishop Band’s 1976 smash “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner, also a founding member of the Airplane, left the band in 1984, suing for rights to the group’s name. He objected to the more commercial direction the group was headed. After the suit was settled in 1985, the band’s name eventually became Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is located at 15 Highway 50, Stateline, Nev.

For tickets – $46.20 with fees – visit ticketmaster.com.

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