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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Gourmet paper from your produce

Few books provide food recipes that aren't meant for the kitchen table. And probably even less call for fruit and vegetable scraps in the ingredients.

Yet, that's exactly what you'll find in Sunnyvale author Ellaraine Lockie's newest book, "The Gourmet Paper Maker."

Lockie has crafted the art of turning food scraps into decorative pieces of handmade paper.

The 128-page book includes recipes for paper made from orange skins, banana peels, garlic and onion skins, carrot ends, melon rinds and an array of other inedible parts of fruits and vegetables that end up in most kitchen garbage cans.

Lockie said she developed her paper-making technique during years of experimenting in her own kitchen. In her introduction, Lockie describes her passion for paper making, calling it therapy, meditation, art and a visual pleasure.

Her paper-making cookbook is primarily intended for beginning paper makers. The book gives simple directions and avoids technical terminology used by professional hand paper makers.

Lockie guides the reader through easy step-by-step directions accompanied with visuals that demonstrate each part of the process. She covers workplace safety, needed equipment and supplies, and how to prepare the fiber, make the pulp, form the sheets and color the paper.

She also includes a section called "Problems & Solutions" should readers run into trouble.

The paper produced in the book are both practical and ornamental. Lockie said readers may use the paper for business cards, gift paper, bookmarks, lamp shades or invitations. The papers are highly textured, but always have one side that is smooth for writing, she said.

The weight, texture, color and strength of paper depends upon the ingredients. If you're looking for elegant, high-quality paper, save your corn husk scraps. According to Lockie's book, corn husks make some of the finest handmade paper. The husks are strong, but create paper with a luxurious look and feel that's well-suited for stationary. Broccoli stalks, on the other hand, will create a rough texture, and paper made from melon rinds will have a leathery look and a sandpaper feel.

Lockie has taught paper making classes for several years. More than 600 samples of her paper making are on display in the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Paper making in Atlanta.

Her book also has generated international interest. Later this year, she will travel to South Africa, where business heads have invited her to explore setting up a production process so local workers can make paper largely from residue generated by sugar cane operations.

She is scheduled to make a presentation of her paper making methods at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 West Olive Avenue. The "Gourmet Paper Maker" can be purchased from Creative Publishing International for $19.95 or over the Internet at www.Amazon.com.

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