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Food & Wine

Citrus-y beers celebrate summer

Citrus-y beers celebrate summer


Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
Session beers offer an alcohol content low enough to sustain sipping through a long, lazy picnic. Local breweries are celebrating the citrus hop style now in vogue with other fruit-forward influences.

With the h...

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Your Health

Reading in sign,  ink and song

Reading in sign, ink and song


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A baby girl learns sign language during a program offered Wednesdays at the Los Altos Library.

Visit Los Altos Library’s community room on a Wednesday afternoon and you’ll see its plain gray expanse descend into ...

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Your Home

Gardening for life: Strategies to make it easy

Gardening for life: Strategies to make it easy


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Succulents are a good choice for a small, low-maintenance garden that needs minimal water. Combine a variety of interesting colors and shapes.

If aches and pains are starting to limit your ability to garden, then g...

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On The Road

A different kind  of driving school

A different kind of driving school


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Andersons observe Bixby Bridge – located on Highway 1 near Big Sur – from a dirt road during their recent Land Rover Experience Driving School lesson.

It is always exciting to do something youR...

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Senior Lifestyles

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids


Photo Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Senior Program volunteers – affectionately known as The Monkey Toy Ladies – make sock monkeys to comfort sick children.

Last year, nearly 400 children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital received a special ...

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Wedding To Remember

The Veils of Time

The Veils of Time


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum

For a new spin on the Town Crier’s “Peek into the Past,” the Los Altos History Museum has been gathering historical local wedding photos and the stories behind them.

Frances Elizabeth Shoup, second...

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accurately whether ...

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Lessons learned at a landfill – trashing myths of recycling

Furthermore, two myths were dispelled.

• Myth No. 1 – We throw away garbage. It turns out that most of what we throw away can be recycled or composted. Approximately 70 percent of material that goes to landfills is organic waste and paper. In a landfill, these materials produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. A large percentage of the remaining 30 percent of waste is recoverable – plastic, metal, glass, and construction and demolition debris.

• Myth No. 2 – Our recyclables get recycled. Although Los Altos Garbage collects a wide range of materials at curbside, not all of them are recycled. Recycling depends on the market for the end product.

Typically, approximately 85 percent of plastics are recycled – primarily No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, with No. 2 being the most valuable. Plastics that do get recycled are often down-cycled into products that are not recyclable, such as pipes and picnic tables. Remaining waste is sent to landfills.

Blocks of Styrofoam go to landfills, even though they are accepted at curbside. Containers made from multiple layers of materials, such as milk cartons, juice boxes and juice bags, often meet a similar fate – here or in China.

So what can we do about it?

• Get food out of the trash. Start backyard composting or try worm composting – children love it. Composting keeps food waste out of landfills and provides valuable nutrients for your soil (see The Green Life, Aug. 20 Town Crier).

• Go paperless. Reduce the amount you print, and when you do, print double-sided.

• Bring your own. When you're out and about, remember to bring your own bags, water bottle, coffee mug and take-out containers. Lots of options are available. For bags, I've discovered Chico Bags – chicobag.com – a bag within a bag. You can easily hook it on your belt loop or store several in your purse – they're that small.

• Avoid packaging, or at the very least, plastic packaging, with the exception of No. 2 milk jugs, and packaging with several materials or layers, such as juice bags or milk cartons. Choose items packaged in reusable or returnable containers such as glass or recyclable materials, including paper and cardboard. Buy in bulk.

Margie Suozzo is a member of the GreenTown Los Altos leadership team and co-chairwoman of the Green Ribbon Citizens Committee subgroup on water and waste.

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