Community Briefs, preserves open, coloring contest

Preserves still open – but keep your distance

The Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District continues to keep its preserves and trails open to the public, as allowed during the current shelter-at-home directive.

However, hikers and bikers must keep their distance.

“The health and safety of our preserve visitors, volunteers and employees is our top priority,” Midpen general manager Ana María Ruiz said. “During this challenging time, the preserves are providing a space for people to connect with nature, breathe fresh air and enjoy the outdoors for mental, emotional and physical health and well-being.”

New changes in response to health-care directives include the closure of restrooms and preserve areas receiving high use, such as Rancho San Antonio County Park and Preserve and the Mount Umunhum area of Sierra Zul Preserve.

Group gathering areas in the preserve also are closed, including Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio, Daniels Nature Center, the Black Mountain backpack camp and the Picchetti Winery and picnic area.

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TC, Baskin-Robbins hold coloring contest

The Town Crier is conducting its annual Easter Egg Coloring Contest on schedule, in partnership with Baskin-Robbins in downtown Los Altos.

Look for the contest drawing on page 15 of this issue.

Drawings should be turned in to the Town Crier no later than April 15.

Either drop them in the mail slot or mail them to 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022.

Entries are limited to one per person. Ice cream prizes will be awarded in two age groups, 4-6 and 7-10.

All winners will have their pictures published in the Town Crier, and the entries will be displayed at Baskin-Robbins at 264 State St.

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