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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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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


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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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Save your child's skin from the sun

It’s summertime, and your child is likely playing outdoors for at least a portion of each day. How can you encourage your child to enjoy outdoor activities while protecting his or her skin from harmful ultraviolet rays?

The best way to protect your child’s skin is to limit direct sun exposure. A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing offer the ideal protection outdoors. If possible, have your child play in the shade during the sun’s peak hours, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Effective coverage

If your child’s skin is directly exposed to the sun, the next best defense is sunscreen. For the most effective sunscreen coverage, follow these tips.

• Don’t skimp – slather it on. Apply sunscreen liberally to cover all exposed skin, including your child’s ears, neck, hands and feet. Remember, more is better when it comes to sunscreen.

• Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors. It can take 30 minutes for sunscreen to start working.

• Don’t save the sunscreen for sunny days. Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Check the national UV Index at epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html to find the specific UV risk for your area on any given day.

• Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after a dip in the pool, even if you’re using a water-resistant product.

• Keep babies under 6 months of age completely out of direct sunlight. When going outside, dress your little one in lightweight clothing and a hat with a brim.

Choosing a sunscreen

There are countless rows of sunscreens at the drugstore. How can you possibly pick the right one? Look for the following labels and ingredients.

• Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This means it will protect against ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.

• SPF 30 is best for children who are active outdoors for long periods of time. The higher sun-protection factor blocks out 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. Sunscreens with even higher SPFs don’t offer much additional protection.

• Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are good for young children and those with sensitive skin. Sunscreens with these ingredients physically block the sun’s UVA rays from penetrating the skin. They are best for infants, toddlers and anyone with eczema. They are also effective and safe for older children and adults.

Outdoor fun is part of what summer is all about. But it’s important to protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays.

Dr. Manisha Panchal is a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Santa Clara Center.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and column editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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