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Filoli hosts bird exhibition

Filoli kicks off the 2015 season of art exhibitions in its Visitor and Education Center with “The Birds of America: Audubon Collection,” a selection of prints from Filoli’s Permanent Collection, Feb. 10 through March 22.

The original illustrations featured in the historical set are the work of John James Audubon, the American naturalist and painter, who completed them in 1827 through 1838.

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Small home-improvement projects can yield big rewards

First impressions count. The curb appeal of a home can make all the difference in the world on whether a prospective buyer might consider entering that home or not.

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Prepare now for next fall's color show


Photos Courtesy of Mary Dateo
Chinese Pistache, left, popular in Los Altos, boasts stunning fall colors. Red Japanese Maple, yellow Gingko and yellow dwarf Nectarine trees, above, combine for a technicolor autumn display.

As a native of Ohio, one of my favorite seasons was always autumn, because of the crisp cool weather and the beauty of the fall foliage. Years ago, when I first moved to the Bay Area, I was delighted to see that here, too, there is a beautiful show of fall color.

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California’s salvias attract pollinators, offer fragrant leaves


Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier
The intoxicating aroma of Cleveland sage leaves entices gardeners to plant it next to paths, where they can regularly brush past it. Bees and other pollinators enjoy its purple-blue flowers, arranged in verticillasters along an interrupted spike.

The words of entertainers Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin come to mind when I think of California’s native sages: There are not many, “but what’s there is cherce.”

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Flip your lawn for Santa Clara Valley Water District rebates


Courtesy of Patricia Larenas
Replacing your lawn with gravel paths and a bocce ball court could qualify for a rebate through the water district.

If the drought convinced you to replace your front and/or back lawns with plants that require less water, then take advantage of the rebates offered through the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

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All in the family: Los Altos Hills couple updates ranch-style gem


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Ava and Alan Eagle of Los Altos Hills renovated their home with their active lifestyle in mind. A folding patio door system collapses to create a seamless indoor-outdoor transition with an expansive view from the kitchen to the backyard, left.

The phrase “all in the family” applies to the Los Altos Hills home lovingly renovated by Ava and Alan Eagle.

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Set in stone: Modern meets Old World in local couples creations


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Bernard and Linda Renaud create custom stonework for homes from French limestone. At their Stone Creations studio the couple showcase their work, which includes stone carvings and paintings.

The company name, Stone Creations, says it all.

The stone, for the most part, is genuine limestone from quarries in France, which is transformed into art pieces by master stone carver Bernard Renaud and his business partner and wife, Linda.

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