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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

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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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TheatreWorks’ new season includes Broadway hit


Photo By: Courtesy of Lauren Gunderson
Photo Courtesy Of Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” is part of TheatreWorks’ new season.

TheatreWorks recently announced the lineup for its 44th season, scheduled to begin in August and run through June 2014.

Opening with a world premiere developed at TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival, the lineup includes a regional debut of a Broadway hit, a historical drama and a musical journey told through little-known gems from Stephen Sondheim.

The 2013-2014 season, in chronological order:

• “The Loudest Man on Earth.” The world premiere by Catherine Rush debuted at last summer’s New Works Festival. The romantic comedy again features deaf actor Adrian Blue as a deaf, reclusive stage director who works with a bold, charismatic journalist to navigate a police bust, among other things. “Earth” kicks off the 2013 New Works Festival, during which leading playwrights and composers from across the country present new works to audiences who can participate in discussions, view works-in-progress and attend book-in-hand readings and sing-throughs of new musicals. The play is slated July 10 though Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

• “Other Desert Cities.” The regional premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize finalist is a comedic drama set at a Hollywood star’s desert estate during Christmastime. A tell-all book by the star’s daughter – a novelist home for the holidays – threatens to rip the politically divided clan apart. “Desert” is set Aug. 21 through Sept. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Warrior Class.” The California premiere of Kenneth Lin’s political drama, which debuted Off-Broadway last year, centers around Julius Lee, the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran and charismatic speaker running for Congress. But when word of his youthful indiscretion threatens scandal, Lee – dubbed “The Republican Obama” – discovers the dangerous intersection of politics and idealism. The play is scheduled Oct. 9 through Nov. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Little Women.” Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, the musical (book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland) is about four precocious New England sisters as they come of age. The novel, written in 1869, is considered a classic. The musical is slated Dec. 4-29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

• “Silent Sky.” The regional premiere by Lauren Gunderson is a comedic drama set at the Harvard College Observatory in the early 1900s. Assistant Henrietta Leavitt maps stars in galaxies beyond our own, but the brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. “Silent Sky” is set for Jan. 15 through Feb. 9, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Once on This Island.” Based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, the musical features book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. “Island” follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl on a tropical island in the French Caribbean. The play is slated March 5-30, 2014, at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

• “Hound of the Baskervilles.” Spoofing detective Sherlock Holmes, the play is based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The comedy involves an ancient family curse, a spectral hound, a deranged killer and a pair of well-known sleuths. “Hound” is scheduled April 2-27, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Marry Me a Little.” Conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, the musical – featuring a collection of rare Sondheim songs – is a tale of love and possibility. In their walk-up apartments just a floor apart, two lonely 20-somethings each pass the night by expressing their poignant dreams and romantic fantasies. The play is slated June 4-29, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

For season tickets ($99-$492) and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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