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Food & Wine

Alpha Acid Brewing delivers intense flavors

Alpha Acid Brewing delivers intense flavors


Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
A visit to Alpha Acid’s Belmont taproom reveals that the young brewery has expanded beyond its initial speciality in India Pale Ales to craft farmhouse, stout and seasonal brews worth seeking out.

Kyle Bozicevic, co-o...

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Your Health

Bad night's sleep? Nearby streetlights may be the culprit

Bad night's sleep? Nearby streetlights may be the culprit


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Streetlights compete with cars’ headlights and Christmas lights in downtown Los Altos. According to a new study, streetlights can make it difficult for city dwellers to get a good night’s sleep.

Bright nighttime stree...

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Your Home

Tips for storing holiday decorations efficiently & accessibly

Tips for storing holiday decorations efficiently & accessibly


Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Slotted ornament boxes are worth splurging on because they provide good protection for delicate ornaments.

 

It’s time to pack up the garlands and lights now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us...

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On The Road

Cool cars for kids

Cool cars for kids


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Mitsubishi Mirage produces only 78 horsepower, but it gets 39 mpg in combined driving. Full of safety features, the Mirage sells for under $20,000.

A few months ago, one of our friends in town asked us...

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Senior Lifestyles

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Lloyd Lettis, 96, of Mountain View plays tennis three days a week at Los Altos High School.

Ninety-six-year-old Mountain View resident Lloyd Lettis seems to have a gene for longevity. And one for farming. And another for t...

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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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Anniki showcases back-to-school fashions


If you're going to purchase one essential item for this back-to-school season, it can be blue or faded, zippered or buttoned, flared or form-fitting; however, it must be jeans with a name brand label.

Being a teenager isn't as easy as it looks. Their clothes are scrutinized more than their schoolbooks when classes start this month.

Linz Shelton, fashion consultant at Anniki on Main Street in Los Altos, said those in the know go for Citizens of Humanity Jeans from designer of Seven and some are bondage-inspired with zippers and chains.

"Kids in Los Altos have good taste and know how to put things together," Shelton said. "They know how to dress their age, but keep it contemporary and fashion forward."

Lily Lozon, Anniki employee who goes to Gunn High School, said there are lots of cool moms who help their daughters with back-to-school shopping. "Cool moms look for trendy but tasteful clothing."

There is one accessory that all students must have for a fashionable fall and that's a good book bag with room for a cell phone.

"It's 100 percent important to look your best on the first day of school," said Courtney Gump, entering Los Altos High School as a freshman this year. "I'll be wearing my jeans and a dress sweat shirt. Sweat shirt hoods are hot."

Other LAHS entering freshmen said jeans that are different like Brianna Nelson or Mudd shorts and tank top are good.

Lisa Templeton, another entering freshman, said, "I'll be wearing either a denim or a corduroy miniskirt."

Lawrence Mandini, in his fourth year as owner of Anniki, finds teenage fashions an experience. "One day they love a style and the next day they hate it," Mandini said.

Monica and Crissy, Homestead High School students, said jeans are important for returning to school. While they try to look good, they don't pay much attention to what is in or out of style.

"Just wear what you want. You decide on something nice and tell the others what you like and they follow."

Elementary school children visit Marion Jackston's and Young Villagers for their back-to-school fashions. High school and college students visit Anniki for their fashion choices. There are other clothing stores in Los Altos, but these are specialty back-to-school retailers.

Separates are big this year, with kids mixing, matching and layering outfits to make their own fashion statements. Young girls will be mixing schoolroom classics like A-line jumpers and plaid skirts with ruffled shirts and trendy denim jackets.

Teen trends this year at the Los Altos clothing stores:

Layers in different textures and sizes to pile on when the weather cools, or peel off as the temperature increases. Tank tops and dress shirts can be worn over or under clothing.

The '80s are back with its stripes, mesh accents, Puma shoes and turtlenecks. Short skirts, heavy fabrics and fall colors suit those with a tendency toward punk-style. Deep warm tones such as plum, cranberry, moss and olive greens and oatmeal are being selected ahead of whites.

Fabric adds to the fashion statement: tweeds, corduroy, satin and velvet in tops and bottoms, outerwear and accessories. They can all be mixed.

Mixing up the closet's leftovers is a good look this year because it's all about you.

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