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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 ...



Books excite students about first day of school

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• “Diary of a Worm: Teacher’s Pet” (HarperCollins, 2013) by Doreen Cronin

Grades K-2, 31 pages

Worm and friends learn their teacher is having a birthday. Will they find the perfect present for Mrs. Mulch?

• “My Homework Ate My Homework” (EgmontUSA, 2013) by Patrick Jennings

Grades 3-6, 214 pages

When Zaritza takes the class ferret home for winter break, she thinks she has an easy way to score extra credit. It’s not long before the ferret outwits her with surprise consequences.

• “Weird but True 4! 300 Outrageous Facts” (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2012) by National Geographic Kids

Grades 3-6, 206 pages

Learn true facts that are unbelievable, for example, ancient horses were the size of house cats.

• “Jake and Lily” (Balzer + Bray, 2013) by Jerry Spinelli

Grades 4-7, 335 pages

Twins Jake and Lily have always had a unique bond. They can finish one another’s sentences and sometimes share the same dreams. Entering sixth grade, Lily discovers that Jake is making new friends and wonders whether she will remain close to her brother.

• “Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!” (Little, Brown, 2012) by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Grades 5-8, 257 pages

Rafe Khatchadorian thinks seventh grade will be a breeze, but he is the new kid at school. It doesn’t take long before trouble finds him.

• “Linked” (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013) by Imogen Howson

Grades 7-9, 359 pages

Elissa has been suffering from nightmares and strange bruises. The doctors insist that nothing is wrong, but then Elissa learns that all her symptoms are part of her connection to her twin sister, raised by the government as an experiment. Together, the sisters are on the run, looking for a safe place.

• “Belle Epoque” (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013) by Elizabeth Ross

Grades 7-12, 327 pages

Maude runs away from home to Paris in 1888. Plain and poor, she finds work as a “repoussoir,” an ugly friend hired to make a socialite look more attractive by comparison. As Maude becomes closer to the girl she is hired to befriend, she has to decide whether to risk her job or push her new friend down an unwanted path.

• “Lexicon” (Penguin Press, 2013) by Max Barry

Grades 9 and up, 377 pages

Street-smart Emily is recruited by a school where words give you the power to control others, and Will is kidnapped by dangerous men who want to know what’s hidden in his mind. Emily and Will meet in Broken Hill, Australia, where words alone may have caused a terrible calamity.

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