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Presentation highlights ‘Wild West’ exhibition

Fine-arts docent Jim Kohn is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on the San Francisco Legion of Honor’s current exhibition, “Wild West: Plains to the Pacific,” 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 11, features works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Chiura Obata, Peter Hurd and William Hahn.

Greener pastures for dairy goats: LAH couple to house animals as owner ages out of 4-H program

Rhonda Mak/Town Crier
Jackie Penner treats her goats Rosie and Millie to pellets of grain at the Homesteaders 4-H Ranch in Santa Clara.

Millie and Rosie have found a new home in Los Altos Hills with plenty of room to roam and eat weeds, hay and just about anything else in their path.

They’re dairy goats – a quiet, affectionate pair who like to cuddle, according to their owner.

Leagues of Women Voters endorses affordable housing bond measure

The Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County has endorsed the county’s affordable housing bond measure that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

“This measure is a significant step in addressing the most pressing issue facing thousands of residents across our county – the lack of affordable housing options,” said Roberta Hollimon, chairwoman of the County Council of the Leagues of Women Voters, which represents all cities in the county. “The League supports the affordable housing bond for its ability to drive immediate and long-term positive outcomes and benefits for many individuals and families of Santa Clara County, from our homeless communities to our working families.”

Taking a bite out of a big oleander


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Santa Clara County road maintenance crews are making short work of the blooming oleander shrubs along the Foothill Expressway median in Los Altos. According to a crew foreman, the oleanders were growing to the point where they encroached on the fast lanes of the roadway. The county employs Elmwood Correctional Facility residents to do the pruning. Some questioned the timing of cutting the oleanders in full bloom. The foreman, who did not want his name used, said oleanders are “among the heartiest plants around” – they’re drought tolerant and grow back quickly.

Hidden Villa guide combines love of children, environment

Laurie Aubuchon/ Special to the Town Crier
Bob Fisher introduces schoolchildren to the organic farm at Hidden Villa nature preserve.

Retired pediatric dentist Bob Fisher, 71, finds volunteering as a farm and nature guide at Hidden Villa a perfect fit because it combines children and the environment.

As a guide, Fisher introduces schoolchildren to the organic farm and hikes with them on the trails at Hidden Villa, the nonprofit, 1,600-acre organic farm and preserve in Los Altos Hills.

Cal Water eases water restrictions, suspends surcharges

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Cal Water’s easing of water restrictions could mean less brown and more green.

California Water Service customers in the Los Altos District now have a water conservation target of 20 percent in the wake of an interim water-use reduction requirement implemented last month.

The Los Altos District aligned with its wholesale water supplier and other regional suppliers to set the target. The district previously had a 32 percent reduction requirement established by the state Water Resources Control Board.

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