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"Stranger Things"-inspired Halloween decor in the Smith family's front yard includes "rotting" pumpkins, an alphabet wall and a "Mind Flayer."

Cars tend to slow when passing the Smith home lately.

Inspired by their love of “Stranger Things,” the family – parents Lund and Jenn and kids Kaelyn, Devyn and Lund Jr. – decked out their South Los Altos home with scenes from the hit Netflix television show. 

Pet of the Week, April 17

Courtesy of Pets In Need

Gracie is an 8-month-old pit bull mix available for adoption through Pets In Need. She’s a sweet “pupper” and is full of spunk, according to Pets In Need reps. “She’d make a great exercise buddy, as she’s full of energy, and our volunteers say she’s a dream on-leash,” they said. Gracie already knows “sit,” and she would benefit from a family that’s willing to teach her more commands and tricks. For more information on Gracie and other animals available for adoption, call Pets In Need at 496-5971, visit petsinneed.org or stop by the facility at 3281 E. Bayshore Road in Palo Alto, noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Walking the orchard

Courtesy of Robin Chapman

The first Orchard Walk drew more than 40 people to the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard April 6. Author and Town Crier columnist Robin Chapman, center, shared stories of the valley’s history. The next Orchard Walks, co-sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum and the main library, are scheduled 11 a.m. Saturday and April 27. Historian Heather Farquhar will lead Saturday’s tour, and biologist Jane Packard will helm the April 27 stroll. The walks are free and open to all ages. Participants meet at the rear entrance to the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

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