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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

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers


Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Amy Randazzo purchases older homes in Mountain View to “flip” after they undergo a makeover. Her transformed houses feature open floor plans and she searches for properties with “good bones.”

Amy Randazzo is improving neighb...

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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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Gourmet paper from your produce

Few books provide food recipes that aren't meant for the kitchen table. And probably even less call for fruit and vegetable scraps in the ingredients.

Yet, that's exactly what you'll find in Sunnyvale author Ellaraine Lockie's newest book, "The Gourmet Paper Maker."

Lockie has crafted the art of turning food scraps into decorative pieces of handmade paper.

The 128-page book includes recipes for paper made from orange skins, banana peels, garlic and onion skins, carrot ends, melon rinds and an array of other inedible parts of fruits and vegetables that end up in most kitchen garbage cans.

Lockie said she developed her paper-making technique during years of experimenting in her own kitchen. In her introduction, Lockie describes her passion for paper making, calling it therapy, meditation, art and a visual pleasure.

Her paper-making cookbook is primarily intended for beginning paper makers. The book gives simple directions and avoids technical terminology used by professional hand paper makers.

Lockie guides the reader through easy step-by-step directions accompanied with visuals that demonstrate each part of the process. She covers workplace safety, needed equipment and supplies, and how to prepare the fiber, make the pulp, form the sheets and color the paper.

She also includes a section called "Problems & Solutions" should readers run into trouble.

The paper produced in the book are both practical and ornamental. Lockie said readers may use the paper for business cards, gift paper, bookmarks, lamp shades or invitations. The papers are highly textured, but always have one side that is smooth for writing, she said.

The weight, texture, color and strength of paper depends upon the ingredients. If you're looking for elegant, high-quality paper, save your corn husk scraps. According to Lockie's book, corn husks make some of the finest handmade paper. The husks are strong, but create paper with a luxurious look and feel that's well-suited for stationary. Broccoli stalks, on the other hand, will create a rough texture, and paper made from melon rinds will have a leathery look and a sandpaper feel.

Lockie has taught paper making classes for several years. More than 600 samples of her paper making are on display in the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Paper making in Atlanta.

Her book also has generated international interest. Later this year, she will travel to South Africa, where business heads have invited her to explore setting up a production process so local workers can make paper largely from residue generated by sugar cane operations.

She is scheduled to make a presentation of her paper making methods at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 West Olive Avenue. The "Gourmet Paper Maker" can be purchased from Creative Publishing International for $19.95 or over the Internet at www.Amazon.com.

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