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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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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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