Hanukkah comes early this year – the lunisolar holiday begins at sundown tonight (Nov. 28), precisely the same time Los Altos’ Festival of Lights Parade is set to return after several years of tribulations. The arc of the larger eight-day festival of lights includes candle lighting, decadent…

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Vicki Moore removed the first slice of lawn in her Los Altos backyard around 15 years ago and then, bit by bit, kept replacing pieces until eventually all the grass was gone.

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If you drive or cycle in the hills west of town in spring or summer, you may notice light-orange flowering shrubs covering steep, dry hillsides, often in part shade. These shrubs are native, drought-tolerant, long-blooming, deer-resistant, attractive to hummingbirds and adaptable to gardens.

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While the Chinese zodiac identified 2020 as the Year of the Rat, perhaps a dog was a more fitting representation; humans who long considered adopting or purchasing a canine companion finally did so as they realized the lockdown afforded them more time to spend with a new family member.

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For decades, the majestic valley oak stood tall, a silent sentry greeting all who entered and departed Los Altos Hills along one of the town’s most trafficked arteries. The slope of earth beneath the heavy boughs created an illusion of the trunk bowing to Moody Road as it shunned Old Snakey …

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While the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools, restaurants and retail, it never completely subdued Mountain View’s public gardens; the city’s Latham, Willowgate and Senior Center community gardens stayed open throughout lockdown, albeit with new requirements such as mask wearing, social dist…

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Women’s dignity is not always front and center in traditional garment drives. The Bay Area-based nonprofit organization Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere (BAD) offers a solution for that unmet need. Since its founding in 2009 by Eileen Hunter, Lisa Collins and Beverly Williams, BAD has collec…

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Tootle through a Silicon Valley residential neighborhood and you’re bound to eventually spot one hugging a street or sidewalk: a brightly colored box one might easily mistake for an oversized mailbox. Peek inside. Instead of letters and packages, the glass door reveals biographies, murder my…

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Glen Schofield is a photographer known to dazzle fellow Los Altos Hills residents with his images of local wildlife, including a curious gray fox who has recently paid several visits to his yard. The Town Crier asked Schofield to share the story of his fox encounter, his camera settings and …

Orange is a joyous and optimistic color. In my garden, the first big spring flowers are California poppies, and the last dramatic swathes of color in the autumn before frost are red-orange California fuchsia shrubs. In between, all shades of orange punctuate native gardens.