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"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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Holiday gift ideas to please the beer lovers in your life


courtesy of BeerCandy Inc.
Craft beer has crept into foods and gifts of all types this year, including chocolates from Beercandy Inc.

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the beer enthusiast in your family or circle of friends, look no further. From inexpensive stocking stuffers to a high-end option for the person who has everything, following is a small selection of suggestions for the holiday season. Of course you can always buy beer as a gift – the number of locally brewed options is growing quickly and increasing in quality – but this column will focus on nonliquid gift options.

Stocking stuffers

• People like beer, and people like candy, so Santa Clara resident Steve Casselman had the great idea to put them together when he founded Beercandy Inc. in 2009. Three varieties of Beercandy are available: Hopdrops are hard candies with a tasty hop bite, Beertaffy includes stout and IPA-flavored taffies, and my personal favorites are the delicious chocolate-enrobed caramels infused with real craft beer ($5.99 to $9.99 from beercandy.com).

• True beer aficionados often travel with their own opener. To avoid being caught without the right tool for the job, beer lovers can make sure to be prepared with either the Reef Leather Fanning sandals ($58 from reef.com), which include an opener in the sole, or the Opena iPhone case ($7.99 from opena.com), which has a slide-out bottle opener in the back.

Under the tree

• “The American Craft Beer Cookbook” (Storey Publishing, 2013) by John Holl includes unique recipes from brew pubs and brewers across the United States ($19.95 from storey.com). While not every recipe contains beer (though many of them do), the book recommends a half-dozen different brews that would pair well with each and every dish. From slow-cooked Doppelbock BBQ Meatballs to ice cream Beer Floats, this book is sure to please the beer-loving foodie in your life.

• Beer Nerd is a new beer-tasting trivia game ($35 from chroniclebooks.com). Players answer beer trivia questions as they travel around the game board, identifying specific beers if they land on the “Blind Taste Test” squares. With trivia questions for all skill levels (general knowledge to technical), Beer Nerd can be fun for everyone (over 21) in your family during the holidays.

• Every homebrewer or home bartender should have his or her own Craft Beer Barrel Sign ($99.99 from redenvelope.com). Constructed from solid oak with a galvanized iron barrel strap, the sign features a customizable graphic including name, city/state and date.

• For beer lovers who want to try brewing their own, MoreBeer at 991 N. San Antonio Road in Los Altos offers a variety of personal home-brewery kits ranging in price from $69 to $494 (morebeer.com). For the beginner, I’d recommend the Deluxe No. 2 kit ($109), which contains nearly all of the equipment needed to begin brewing beer, including a bottling/sanitation bucket, a fermentation carboy, a hydro- meter, a siphon, a thermometer, a bottle filler, a capper, sanitation and cleaning supplies and a beer-making manual. The kit does not include bottles, ingredients or a 5-gallon kettle, which can be purchased separately if the brewer does not already have a cooking pot this size.

For the beer lover who has everything

The Brew Cave (starts at $6,350 from brewcave.com) is a walk-in beer cooler that holds up to 30 cases plus six kegs of beer. Approximately 7-feet-by-5-feet-by-8-feet in size, with glass doors, the insulated storage system contains everything needed to keep beer cold, including a refrigeration system and serving equipment for the taps mounted on the outside of the cave. The Brew Cave is recommended for the beer lover whose basement or garage is already full of refrigerators for his or her favorite beverage.

Derek Wolfgram is chief communications officer for the Silicon Valley Sudzers Homebrew Club, which meets the first Friday of each month at a home in Los Altos Hills and welcomes both new and experienced beer enthusiasts. For more information, visit sudzers.org.

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