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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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Pepper ball spices up a normal meal

Mr. Gadget

Gadget: The Pepper Ball by Chef'N.

How it works: The Pepper Ball is a round, plastic, hand-held pepper grinder that may be filled with test tubes of different blends of whole pepper.

The pepper is ground by squeezing together the Pepper Ball's two handles.

The ball comes in two sizes.

Store: Most gourmet cooking stores carry the Pepper Ball. I picked this one up at Macy's.

Cost: Under $15.

Overall: The Pepper Ball is easy to use and adds a more intense flavor to foods. You may add different pepper blends, such as a Cajun blend, to the Pepper Ball to spice up anything from salads and pastas to soups.

I like the ball's clear plastic design, which makes it easy to view what's inside.

The Pepper Ball may be used both on the dinner table or while you cook. And for the kosher kitchen, Chef'N also makes a Salt Ball.

The Pepper Ball may not be as decorative as some traditional hand-held pepper grinders, but its low cost is worth the investment.

-Legnon is a food aficionado who lives in Mountain View.

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