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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 …

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town CrierCalifornia poppies are plentiful in the early spring, with their vivid orange hue brightening the landscape. The flowers open on sunny days and stay closed when it’s cloudy.

Courtesy of Morgan BriccaLos Altos-based artist Morgan Bricca, above, is known throughout the Bay Area and beyond for her colorful murals. Recently, she published a book, below, that describes her personal journey from the corporate to the creative world.

Matthew Adjemian/Special to the Town CrierFor safety reasons, cats and small dogs should not travel on laps to and from a veterinary clinic – or while en route to other locations. Instead, transport them within a carrier, Dr. Kenton Taylor, D.V.M., recommends.