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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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