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Food & Wine

Chocolaty character of stout beers blends spicy, sweet ingredients

Chocolaty character of stout beers blends spicy, sweet ingredients


photo Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
Aged coffee beans join beer in Modern Times’ bourbon barrel stout.

Dark beers like stout highlight flavors reminiscent of coffee and chocolate, resulting in a great canvas for brewers to blend nontraditional in...

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Your Health

El Camino Hospital expands mental health treatment options

El Camino Hospital expands mental health treatment options


Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Shovels in hand, Dr. Peter Fung, from left, El Camino Healthcare District board chairman; Russ Satake, El Camino Hospital Foundation board chairman; donors Donna and John Shoemaker; State Sen. Jerry Hill; and Assemblyman Rich ...

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Your Home

Holidays by design: Los Altos company provides  seasonal decorating service

Holidays by design: Los Altos company provides seasonal decorating service


Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Amy Fischer of Spectrum Interior Design decorated Los Altos resident Katie Beers’ living room for the holidays last week.

Don’t worry if you have no time to shop for unique holiday decor, decorate Christma...

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On The Road

The Yellowstone experience

The Yellowstone experience


Photos by Gary Anderson/special to the Town Crier
The Andersons’ recent bus tour included stops at Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Geyser.

With winter approaching, it’s a good time to start planning next summer’s fa...

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Senior Lifestyles

Making beautiful music together: Foothill Symphonic Winds inspires members of all ages

Making beautiful music together: Foothill Symphonic Winds inspires members of all ages


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Members of the ensemble rehearse at Blach Intermediate School.

Something special happens Wednesday nights at Blach Intermediate School. Seventy or so people ranging in age from 18 to 85, of varied backgroun...

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Wedding To Remember

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night


Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor....

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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 accuratel...

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Back-to-school stress and some solutions

House Call

Going back to school can be an exciting yet stressful time for children and teens.

Remember when you were a child or teen starting a new school year? As a young child, you may have been scared about leaving mom and dad, or with the possibility of getting a mean teacher. As a teen, you may have been concerned about making friends, fitting in or doing well in classes.

The good news is that parents can help their children prepare for the change, making the transition less stressful.

Common problems, some solutions

For some children, anxiety about going back to school can manifest into physical distress, such as headaches or abdominal pain. If your child has a recurring physical complaint, it may be time for a gentle investigation.

For a young child, talking about the upcoming school year and its unknowns may be all that's necessary. If this doesn't work, you might try taking the child to the school to meet a friendly teacher and talk to children who enjoy school.

Older children and teens may be anxious about their ability to perform at school. To help your child do well in school, you can become aware of poor performance and help your child get organized early. You may decide to ask your child's teacher to inform you if your child is having any trouble. It may also help to structure regular study times in a quiet place or arrange for tutoring.

Eat, sleep and be healthy

Children or teens will enjoy better overall health and reduced stress levels if they eat well and get plenty of sleep. Parents can help keep their child's sleeping and eating habits consistent.

Because summertime tends to be more relaxed than the school year, children tend to go to bed late and wake up late. Making sleep a priority - by aiming for 10 to 11 hours each night - can prevent a youth from being over-tired and over-stressed.

A healthy diet, including a nutritious breakfast, is essential for an alert mind and healthy body. Children and teens need three to four servings of calcium daily: a cup of milk or yogurt, a cup of calcium-fortified orange juice or an ounce of cheese. Protein is essential for brain and muscle development: pinto, black or soy beans; meat; chicken; fish and eggs. Adequate iron from red meat, beans or iron-fortified cereal prevents anemia, which has been found to impair learning, is also important. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and other nutrients and are a good source of fiber.

Change is stressful for all of us - including our children. These tactics will help keep your child as stress-free as possible as a new school year begins.

Martino is a pediatrician at the Los Altos Center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. This monthly column is provided by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and column editor Arian Dasmalchi.

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