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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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Here are 13 important safety tips for back-to-school drivers

As you head back to school later this month, keep yourself and others safe by following these driving tips.

Rule 1. Don't forget to wipe. Operate the windshield washer system before driving. The windshield wipers should clear the windshield in one full cycle.

Rule 2. Don't talk and drive. Having a cell phone is important in case of an accident, but talking and driving don't mix. Keep the volume of the radio low enough that you can hear emergency vehicles. Drivers need to be fully alert and focused on the road.

Rule 3. Do get to know your vehicle. Information on your vehicle is found in the owner's manual. But read it before you drive.

Rule 4. Relax and enjoy the ride. Remember, fast aggressive driving saves only 30 to 40 seconds, on average. Remember to buckle up.

Rule 5. Lighting is your communication link to other drivers. Once a month, inspect all external lighting. The ignition must be turned on to check lighting such as the blinkers.

Rule 6. Tire safety. Get into the habit of walking around your vehicle before you get in. Look at the tires' inflation level. Do they all look the same? Proper tire inflation specifications are located on the door jam, gas cap door or trunk deck lid. Learn the proper procedure for changing a tire.

Rule 7. Check the engine oil. The vehicle should be on a level surface with the engine stopped. Wait three to five minutes before checking the oil.

Rule 8. Check the engine coolant. Do not raise the hood if steam is visible. If the radiator cap must be removed, the vehicle should be COLD. Remember, engine coolant can be very hot.

Rule 9. Check the transmission, brake, power steering and washer fluid regularly.

Rule 10. Check the clutch master cylinder fluid regularly. Clutch fluid can usually be seen through a clear reservoir. Most clutch fluid reservoirs have a minimum and maximum mark. If the clutch fluid level is not visible, the vehicle may not shift into gear easily.

Rule 11. Adjust your mirrors. The rearview mirror should be adjusted and checked in its day and night positions. Side mirrors should be adjusted so that you can barely see your vehicle's reflection. This helps to reduce the blind spot.

Rule 12. Keepf these items on hand. first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, flares, water, ice scraper, emergency phone numbers, equipment to change a flat tire.

Rule 13. Do not drive if you are impaired in any way - by fatigue, alcohol, drugs or emotional stress.

The foregoing safety tips were adapted from rules compiled by CollegeBound Teen Magazine and Precision Tune Auto Care.

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