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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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CSMA appoints Music4Schools director

“CSMA’s in-school programs are critical to our commitment to ‘Arts4All,’ because they provide weekly, sequential classes, as well as concerts, choral and instrumental instruction, to children who might not otherwise have access to music education,” said CSMA Executive Director Moy Eng. “Hector’s diverse professional experience will be pivotal to CSMA continuing to build partnerships to ensure that music is part of every child’s education.”

Armienta has more than 10 years of non-profit experience as an arts educator, serving as a program director, curriculum specialist and teaching artist. He has held senior-level program positions at Music in Schools Today in San Francisco and Kollage Community School for the Arts in Redwood City. His professional experience also includes working with performing organizations, including Opera Cultura in San Jose, where he has been the artistic director/managing director since 2008. As a curriculum development consultant, Armienta has worked with school districts in Northern and Southern California, as well as with the Arts Council Silicon Valley First Five Program, Young Audiences of the Bay Area and other organizations, to develop music programs for children.

Armienta earned a master’s of music degree in music composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s of fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

Throughout his career, Armienta has served as a panelist at numerous conferences and as a member of commissions and committees, including the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Entrepreneur Project, Arts Council Silicon Valley and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a composer whose work in opera and musical theater has received support from the NEA.

“I feel particularly fortunate to be joining the Community School of Music and Arts as the Music4Schools program director,” Armienta said. “It’s an organization that I have long admired, given its local and regional impact in arts education. My hope is to contribute in a meaningful way toward its noble goal of arts education for all.”

For information, call 917-6800 or visit www.arts4all.org.

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