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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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Cavities - having or not having them a matter of time

While staying away from too many sweets may help prevent cavities, recent research indicates that what, when and how a person eats is the real root of maintaining a healthy set of choppers.

Since cavities occur when bacteria from foods containing refined or natural sugars produce an acid that eats away minerals in teeth, experts say that people can protect their teeth by limiting the amount of time each day that bacteria ferments. That means limiting snacks and combining sweets with foods that inhibit harmful bacteria.

Most Americans eat five or six times a day, according to studies. Eating more often, nibbling, and sipping drinks means that just about the time a person's body is able to neutralize the acid produced from the last batch of food, more acid is being formed.

Sweets eaten alone between meals have a different and more damaging effect than when they are eaten with a meal, experts say.

Researchers recommend drinking water between meals, and saving sweets or sodas for drinking with foods that can buffer bacteria acids.

Protein from dairy products, such as meat and beans, decreases the total amount of acid produced from a meal, blocking much of the bacteria that can damage teeth. Fat and water also limit harmful bacteria.

Tooth enamel also affects the development of cavities. Tooth enamel can erode from excessive exposure to large amounts of citrus fruit or juices and sodas. Fluoride, toothpaste and fortified mouthwashes help strengthen enamel and limit cavities.

Some experts recommend chewing sugarless gum after meals or snacks. Gum contains a type of carbohydrate that bacteria cannot ferment into acid. Gum also increases saliva flow, which acts as a buffer against acid levels.

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