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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

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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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Christmas at Our House: St. Francis Holiday Home Tour celebrates 25 years


School’s annual Christmas at Our House fundraiser showcases holiday place settings.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays near and St. Francis High School prepares for its 25th annual Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour, scheduled Dec. 5-7.

Beginning with the Twilight Tour and followed by a Christmas party, home tours and a tea, luncheon and boutique, the annual event spans three days and provides multiple avenues for fundraising for construction of new school facilities for St. Francis’ expanding student body. Over the years, Christmas at Our House has raised more than $2 million for the school.

Founded in 1988 by Ann Morey, vice president of St. Francis’ Women’s Club, the first Christmas at Our House tour featured four homes in the South Bay.

Christmas at Our Home has become the Women’s Club’s largest event, attracting help from a wide range of local residents, from the volunteers running the event to the guests who attend. St. Francis students play an integral role, drawing sketches of the homes, entertaining tour-goers as student musicians and staffing the event as volunteers.

Homes on the tour

This year’s home tour showcases four residences reflective of different architectural styles.

• A newly constructed New England-style home that provides a warm and welcoming environment for a busy St. Francis family. The three-story home features interior design by Heidi Menard of Ambiance Interiors in its wine lounge, chef’s kitchen and downstairs entertainment room/gym. Architect Jim Redman of Elements Landscape designed the backyard landscaping.

• A home with an interior layout modeled after the traditional ranch houses of old Los Altos. Although the exterior finishes of the home are more reminiscent of the East Coast - with white siding and stone - the owners envisioned building a house that blended into the neighborhood and looked as if it were built over time. The house, built by general contractor and former St. Francis teacher John Komo and his daughter, St. Francis alumna Jennifer Paulson, boasts a traditional foyer, formal living and dining rooms, a wood-paneled office, four en-suite bedrooms and a children’s playroom above the three-car garage. Interior designer Julie Brown of Brownhouse Design helped select the finishes. Situated on a large, flat lot, the 6,500-square-foot house includes a large patio for entertaining, a pool, a pool house, a parterre garden, a small apricot orchard - a nod to early Los Altos - and a number of other fruit and pepper trees.

• A two-story Monterey-style remodel, a well-preserved example retaining nearly all of its original exterior design features. Among other highlights, the multipane glazed wood door with hand-wrought iron hardware, the metal doorbell with pull and the ornamental relief panel adjacent to the front door offer hints of the home’s history. Constructed circa 1933, the home was listed in 2008 on the Los Altos Historic Resources Inventory.

• A Tuscan-style villa in Los Altos Hills sits on a hill, with a quarter-acre vineyard, reminiscent of the Italian countryside. Large living room windows frame the expansive view. The backyard boast three fireplaces and unique seatng areas.

Tickets

• Christmas Party and Tour tickets, $125, include a hosted cocktail buffet and boutique at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills 7-10 p.m. Dec. 5. Tour tickets may be used 4-7 p.m. Dec. 5 or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 or 7. Tickets are limited.

• Home Tour tickets, $40-$45, include tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a discount.

• Elegant Luncheon Buffet tickets, $30, include a luncheon and boutique at Fremont Hills Country Club 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6.

For tickets and more information, visit sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christmas-at-our-house.

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