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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


Shaw

Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Dont send exercise routine into hibernation

Even in sunny California, it can be easy to abandon good exercise habits at this time of year, when days are short and the weather grows colder. As a 16-year Colorado native, I’m well aware how challenging it can be to stay fit during the winter months.

Following are some simple, effective ways to keep yourself and your family active throughout the winter – whether you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors. Encourage your children to be active with you – this is one of the best ways to help them grow to be healthy adults.

Create a home gym. You don’t need expensive equipment or a lot of space to get a good workout. Most of us can find a small spot to do yoga or an exercise video. Strength-train your major muscles with hand weights, resistance bands or even a heavy soup can.

Dance. Dance around your living room with your family or gather your friends for a night out on the dance floor.

Climb stairs. At home or at the office, take the stairs as often as possible. Climb up and down until you break a sweat.

Jump rope. This intense exercise can be done anywhere and it’s a fun workout for children.

Be a “domestic athlete.” Cleaning closets and washing windows or floors can count as exercise. Encourage your children to participate as well – think how much faster the housework will be done.

Join a gym or take a fitness class at a community center. Many health clubs offer a wide range of activities, from kickboxing to indoor swimming, for both adults and children.

Head outdoors, but do so safely. Dress in warm layers and wear reflective clothing. Start slowly. In colder weather, your body will take longer to warm up.

Turn social activities into physical activities. Get together with friends for an afternoon hike or a game of tennis. Research shows that women who exercise with friends are more likely to lose weight and have healthier lifestyles than those who exercise alone.

Participate in seasonal activities. If traveling to higher elevations or heading to snowy destinations, embrace cold-weather sports such as skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating. Even building a snowman is a good workout.

Join an indoor team league. Consider joining an indoor soccer, volleyball or basketball team and signing your children up for group sports.

The key to cold-weather exercise is to vary activities so you don’t get bored. Set a schedule. Decide which days you will definitely exercise – have backup options for days when weather prohibits some of your choices.

Don’t wait for the last-minute panic of swimsuit season. It’s time to get off the sofa and kick-start your winter workout strategy.

This will help you stay true to your fitness and health goals and will teach your children healthful habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Lisa Samuelson is a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Palo Alto Center.

The PAMF and column editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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