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News

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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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.

Local un...

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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


courtesy of
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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Comment

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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Fall and winter gardens can fill the table, too


Photo By: Courtesy of Collective Roots
Photo Courtesy Of Collective Roots Plant edible flowers between vegetables or at the end of garden rows to bring fall and winter color to salads.

It’s the beginning of autumn, the sun arcs closer to the horizon and the nights come upon us quickly. It’s the time of year when our friends tell us their gardens are finished for the year. We’re always surprised to find that most native Californians fail to realize that winter vegetable gardens can be the most productive of the year. We are lucky to live in this part of the Bay Area, where the growing season never has to end.

As each plant variety stops producing, we recompost and turn the soil in that section of the garden, and then reseed or plant vegetables for the upcoming season. We also try to include edible flowers between the vegetables not only for beauty, but as protection from pests. The garden changes its looks from month to month but is usually lush and inviting.

What are we planting right now in the Collective Roots gardens? Spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, radishes, carrots, spring onions, leeks, artichokes and peas.

There are even some edible flowers that can be planted now between the vegetables or at the ends of garden rows. Pansies, borage, society garlic and calendula all provide fall and winter color and can add color and flavor to salads and benefit pollinators. These plants should go in the ground now while the soil is still warm so that they can become established before the cold weather sets in. You will be amazed at the bounty you may produce throughout the winter and spring.

Here at the Collective Roots’ Garden at the East Palo Alto Charter School, students are planting nine kinds of carrots – Atomic Red, Lunar White, Solar Yellow, Scarlet Nantes, Round Romeo and Little Finger, to name a few.

Students use the garden to learn about science concepts such as decomposition as well as anatomy and human health. They turn the compost and apply it to their garden beds, then harvest and prepare vegetables as they discuss how the nutrients impact our bodies.

A popular recipe this time of year is Cool Carrot Coleslaw, ideal as a hearty side dish or piled atop quinoa for a main course. There are many nutrients to talk about – vitamin A and beta-carotene in carrots, vitamin C and fiber in cabbage and protein in soy.

As we plant new cabbage and carrots for our fall and winter garden, students get to see and eat the now-mature carrots and cabbage they planted in the spring. Munching on the tasty, tangy slaw makes it easier to imagine those tiny seeds and seedlings growing into big vegetables.

Los Altos resident Sally Perham Chavez is a board member and Eron Sandler is director of programs at Collective Roots, a nonprofit, educational group focused on growing and preparing food from the garden. For more information, visit www.collectiveroots.org.

Cool Carrot Coleslaw

• 4 ounces firm tofu

• 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1/2 medium onion

• 3 tablespoons cider vinegar

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 2-3 medium carrots

• 1/2 medium head of cabbage

• 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely minced

• 1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce

 

Finely mince onion and marinate in small bowl with vinegar and salt.

Grate carrots and add to large bowl.

Chop cabbage into fine ribbons and add to bowl.

Cut tofu into small cubes. Add tofu, tamari or soy sauce and olive oil to bowl.

Chop dill and add to bowl.

 

Serves 4-6 as a side dish.

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