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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

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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Spiritual Briefs

Alpha Course launches in February

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled an Alpha Course that begins with an introductory session 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday at the home of the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Moore, 860 University Ave.

The course, designed to encourage participants to explore Christianity in a safe environment, includes a light dinner and discussion in a relaxed and open setting.

Participants may or may not continue to attend after the introductory session. The course will continue on Sunday evenings for nine weeks with a series of professional presentations on DVD, followed by nonjudgmental roundtable discussions.

Participants are invited to ask questions about why Christians believe what the Bible says, the creation of the world and evolution, whether God really exists and whether there is life after death.

People from many different backgrounds, religions and points of view attend Alpha. Some have gone to church all their life but feel they never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Alpha Course, visit alphausa.org.

For more information on Union Presbyterian Church, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

LAUMC ‘Sale-Abration’ supports African women

The Los Altos United Methodist Women have scheduled “Sale-Abration 2014” 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

“Sale-Abration” will feature gift items, floral arrangements and baked goods as well as snacks and other edibles for Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day.

The annual fundraiser supports the African Student Education Fund, which provides scholarships to African women pursuing higher education, primarily at Africa University in Zimbabwe. The fund, established in 2005 by the Los Altos United Methodist Women, has supported 38 women to date who intend to use their education to improve life for all in Africa. The group hopes to support 10 students in the coming academic year.

To donate and for more information, email Jan Lull at janetr- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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