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84-year-old aerobics instructor builds strength – and relationships

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Los Altos Hills resident Joyce Phillips, left, teaches aerobics at Hillview Community Center.

Remember an era when mix tapes wound music between the spools of a compact cassette and dance aerobics were dawning in neon spandex at YMCAs around the country? If you miss that subtle hiss of analog sound, head over to Hillview Community Center to get a groove on with Joyce Phillips, dancing to a playlist stretching back 30 years.

In the mid-1970s, a neighbor introduced Phillips, a Los Altos Hills resident, to a dance aerobics class in Palo Alto - and she fell in love.

Something for everyone: Local programs provide wide array of opportunities for older adults

The Mountain View Senior Center’s Painting Club, above, invites artists to work on their variousprojects at their own pace.

For seniors in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, a dull weekday at home may be a thing of the past. Local senior programs offer an impressive array of activities. With games, classes, movies, trips, lunches, sports, lectures and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Grooming the groom: On marriage, men and mortality

June is just around the corner; here come the grooms! Grooms? Well, yes. And, it seems, for more good reasons than one.

Aging Matters: Take preventive steps to avoid slips and falls

Courtesy of silver sneakers
An exercise program like Silver Sneakers Fitness can help seniors with strength, balance and flexibility.

The statistics on seniors who slip and fall are startling. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Vaunted villa : Geschkes open gardens of Los Altos estate for History Museum gala

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos home of Nan and Chuck Geschke boasts colorful flowers nestled among the redwoods, ancient oaks and Deodar cedars. The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its spring gala at the estate May 7.

Nan and Chuck Geschke, 2003 Los Altans of the Year, have shared their home on University Avenue in Los Altos with the community for two decades.

And they will be doing it again - somewhat of a swan song before they downsize to a townhome downtown - when they host a benefit for the Los Altos History Museum May 7. Nan has played a major role in the creation of the museum through philanthropy and volunteering.

Smaller is better : Tips for shaping deciduous fruit trees

Rather than buying the largest container you can, fruit-tree specialist Ann Ralph suggests selecting a younger, thinner deciduous fruit-tree sapling in bareroot season, around the beginning of the year. Typically, you will see saplings over 5 feet high. Make the all-important knee-high cut either before you leave the nursery or as soon as you plant it.
Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier

It’s worth pondering who - or what - eats most of the bounty from your backyard fruit trees.

Is it your family and friends or the squirrels and roof rats? Does too much of it rot on the ground? What if you could pick all of the fruit without a ladder, it were higher quality and the tree took up less space in your garden?

How to hire an estate-sale company

COurtesy of Amanda Kuzak
If an estate-sale company sets realistic expectations when hosting a sale, the sellers will end up with smiles on their faces.

It’s time to say goodbye to Grandma’s knitted owl collection and somehow break down Grandpa’s garage - the tool benches, weird springs and connectors he always liked. The entire house is packed, and the realtor ordered you to have it empty by May 1. Anxious yet?

The spring real estate market is in full swing, and my phone is ringing off the hook as homeowners and realtors are under pressure to empty estates. When I discuss with families the management of their estates and the liquidation process, they all have one thing in common: feeling overwhelmed.

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