Writers sought to spin spooky stories

October is here, which means that Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words.


Canine club: Resident issues call for oodles of Doodles

Courtesy of Diana Lloyd
Diana Lloyd and her Labradoodle, Teddy, are looking to start a Doodle club. She got the idea after running into numerous people who own the same breed.

Los Altos resident Diana Lloyd is a “Doodler” – a devoted owner of a mini-Australian Labradoodle, Teddy. She’s on a mission to unite local Doodle owners by launching a club devoted to the popular breed.

“I am calling all Doodle owners that would like to meet and share our wonderful pets,” she said.


Save the Date

Oct. 31

Halloween Spooktacular, noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. The annual event features trick-or-treating for children, face painting and games. Information:

Nov. 30

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, 6 p.m. along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. Information:


Packard daughters recall growing up in Los Altos Hills

Courtesy of Margaret Abe
Members of the Los Altos Hills History Committee welcomed Julie Packard and Susan Packard Orr as speakers at a presentation on “Growing Up in the Hills and the Packard Legacy” Sept. 21 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. The daughters of Hewlett-Packard Co. co-founder David Packard have achieved considerable success in their own right. Pictured, from left, are Catherine Popell, Julie Packard, Susan Packard Orr, Jitze Couperus, Nobuko Saito Cleary and Diane Brauch.

A crowd of more than 120 people packed Los Altos Hills Town Hall Sept. 21 to listen to sisters Susan Packard Orr and Julie Packard reflect on the simpler life they enjoyed during their childhood in the Hills.

Sponsored by the Los Altos Hills History Committee, the presentation touched on topics ranging from the Packards’ family life to their accomplishments as philanthropists.


Community Briefs

Committee seeks volunteer nominations

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee invites local nonprofit organizations to nominate volunteers for its 2014 awards.

Nominees must be individuals or organizations whose volunteer service benefited the communities of Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.


Los Altos Library Storytelling Festival scheduled Nov. 15

The inaugural Los Altos Library Storytelling Festival is scheduled 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Residents ages 4 years and up are invited to join local and national artists as they share folklore, fairy tales and other original stories via one of the world’s oldest art forms – oral storytelling.


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