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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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Grave is not the end, but the beginning of a glorious future

Recently at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, we considered a clash of worldviews, a clash of cultures.

Humans are designed to hope that there is life beyond death, that there is an ultimate hope. Here in Silicon Valley, we are in some ways at ground zero of this clash.

We Christians proclaim that because of Jesus and his resurrection, there is hope for every person who accepts him as his or her Lord and Savior. We believe that there is this great and wild hope that the grave is not our eternal destination, but that a better life waits for us in eternity with God. We hear this message every so often, at least as part of every Easter sermon, and maybe it becomes less exciting for us.

For the world, though, it seems as if people keep putting their hopes in something else, often technology. There is at least one man around here who takes hundreds of health pills each day hoping to extend his life so that when his time comes, the technology will be available to download his mind into some sort of computer or robot thing. He also has this longing for eternal life, but instead of putting his hopes of an eternal future in God’s hands, he instead has taken the reins and is hoping beyond hope that this technology will be ready for him.

I have put my hope not in my ability to beat death, but in God’s ability to conquer death on my behalf. And even though I will die, like everyone else before me, my soul will live on with Christ.

That is essentially the choice everyone has – to hope that technology or something else will save them, or that God will.

For me, the choice is very clear. I choose to follow Jesus. I choose to serve him. My future is in his hands, in the hands of the One who loves us – all of us, even those who try to beat death another way – more than we can imagine.

There is hope for all that the grave is not our end but instead the beginning of a future better and more glorious than we can imagine. That hope comes from Christ – no one else has beaten death, no one else invites us into his resurrection. Only Jesus.

If you would like to discuss these issues, give me a call. I’d be happy to meet with anyone considering Jesus’ claims about life and death.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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