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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

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers


Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Amy Randazzo purchases older homes in Mountain View to “flip” after they undergo a makeover. Her transformed houses feature open floor plans and she searches for properties with “good bones.”

Amy Randazzo is improving neighb...

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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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Turn students into recycling heroes

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 30 percent of consumer waste is recycled each year, which presents an opportunity for children to use their green thumbs and take part in saving the planet.

Following are a few ways to get children started.

• Show paper some TLC. Paper accounts for as much as 50 percent of landfill space. Rather than add to the waste, implement an easily accessed designated paper recycling bin where you use paper most in the home or the classroom.

Better still, put paper products to good use by challenging children to create paper craft projects. Then recycle any scraps when finished.

• Get crafty. In addition to paper products, all kinds of waste can be “upcycled” into useful or decorative items. For example, a painted egg carton can make a unique storage box for small objects like beads or paper clips, and tissue paper glued to a clean spaghetti sauce jar makes an attractive vase. The possibilities are endless – you will not only save trash from a landfill, you will inspire creativity.

• Better together. Recycling is often more effective when multiple people take part. Teachers can set a goal for their classrooms, schools or even individual students to recycle a specified amount of paper, plastics, aluminum and glass before the end of the school year.

Parents can support the effort by encouraging children not only to recycle at home, but also to take recyclable materials into the classroom to participate in the school’s project.

• Adopt a program. Encouraging children to take part in a recycling-focused program can develop valuable habits while promoting fun.

One such program is the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program, a classroom resource designed to teach children how they can be environmentally responsible. Throughout the year, the classroom or school collects empty glue bottles and glue sticks to recycle through TerraCycle.

For more information, visit ElmersGlueCrew.com or Facebook.com/GlueCrew.

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