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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 women jazz it up

Strictly Candids

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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