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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

Health care on demand from Mountain View service

Health care on demand from Mountain View service


Courtesy of Direct Urgent Care
Dr. Ceasar Djavaherian is the president of Direct Urgent Care.

For most doctors in Silicon Valley, melding technology and medicine means cutting-edge machines performing high-powered work backed by Sand Hill Road ventu...

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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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CSMA women jazz it up

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PURDUE ALUMNI GATHERING: Los Altos Hills Major Bob Fenwick recalled his collegiate years upon meeting Purdue Dean Linda Katehi.

"It shows how far we have come in women's rights. When I was attending Purdue there were only two women professors teaching in the whole school," said Fenwick. The Purdue University School of Electrical Engineering recently introduced and honored their Dean Linda Katehi as their first woman dean, .

The alumni cocktail party with tasty gourmet appetizers, was a lovely affair hosted by Jan and Bob Fenwick, in their beautiful home high up in the hills with breathtaking view of the bay and mountains.

BEST OF THE BAY AREA'S WOMEN IN JAZZ : The free Bank of Los Altos Family Concert Series at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts presented the "Women in Jazz, Sizzlin' Sounds of Summer."

The five talented ladies, the Bay Area's top jazz musicians, gifted us with a stunning afternoon of wonderful jazz and Latin standards. The Community School of Music and Arts events and outreach coordinator, Christine Catura - vocalist and percussion, was hailed as the "Voice of the Century."

Other members included Sue Crosman, piano; Ruth Davies, bass; Kelly Fasman, drums; and a former CSMA faculty member, Kris Strom, on saxophone. The women have performed with famous musicians throughout their very esteemed careers. They turned the heat up the stage with an unforgettable performance!

A Napa Valley Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception was hosted by the Community School of Music and Arts with refreshment donations by Le Boulanger, Safeway, and Windsor Vineyards.

CONGRATS ARE DUE: Recently, 50 friends, family, and associates gathered to celebrate Dr. Gary Cleary's 60th birthday party given by his wife, Nobuko, in their lovely Los Altos Hills home. "It was great to be surrounded by my friends and family who made such a difference in my life," Gary said. "I didn't get to 60 years alone! Everyone helped me through some phase of my life. I owe a lot to Nobuko!

The guests were treated to beautiful piano music by Music Director Dr. Nicholas Isaacs, and flutist Kathleen Muscettola, of Community School of Music and Arts. They played "Le Cygne" or "The Swan," which is one of the favorite songs that Yo Yo Ma played for Nobuko and Gary at his concert. Cygnus, Gary's first company he founded was named after "Le Cygne." He started another company called Corium, that is now manufacturing auto sensors for his most recent, one of a kind discovery, a glucose monitoring wrist watch which automatically measures glucose for diabetics which works through the skin. This project was started in 1988.

Gary has also discovered better ways for medication to absorb through the skin into the bloodstream, called transdermal drug delivery, such as the nicotine and estrogen patches. Congratulations, Gary, for the new discovery and for being able to love, laugh, and enjoy everything that life could possibly give you at 60 years old!

SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY: On June 21, the Los Altos Community Foundation held their hors 'douevres and cocktail party in the lovely gardens of Steve Finn's estate in Los Altos Hills. Everyone enjoyed the tranquil setting with rolling green lawns and beautiful reflection pool. The guests were delighted to see his beautifully restored home and vintage car collection.

We were entertained by the talented Bus Barn Follies with a bit of review of the upcoming annual benefit on Oct. 10-12 (Black-tie Gala).

Despite the cold first evening of summer, the beautiful setting and the happy conversation of founders and their guests made the event a success! The event also gave the guests an opportunity to learn more about the foundation's goals and many accomplishments.

A HAWAIIAN STYLE BIG BIRTHDAY FOR NORM: There were palm trees, coconuts, grass skirts, two dozen beach balls, fish floats and leis for 100 guests in island attire to celebrate Norm's big birthday. The party in their lovely home and garden was given by Carol Proffitt for her husband, Norm. She invited family, relatives, colleagues and friends to share his 65th birthday! The lovely presentation and the scrumptious food such as chicken drumettes, fried crab wonton, and luau pulled pork were prepared by SunPac Foods. Some of the familiar faces that attended the celebration were Muriel Johnson, Mickey Wheat, Betty and Gordon Moore, Dr. Bill Reeves, Betty Lohman, Dr. George and Barbara Rugtiv, and Marie and Bill Bernardy. What a grand party Carol planned!

Please contact Margaret M. Abe, at the Los Altos Town Crier, 138 Main Street., Los Altos 94022, or call 948-9000.

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