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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...



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 ...



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...



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...



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 ...



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...



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 ...



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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