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Spring into action: Local events herald the new season

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Children ages 1-10 are invited to hunt for candy-filled eggs at the annual downtown Los Altos Easter Egg Hunt April 8.

As winter transitions into spring, a host of events welcome the new season - from Easter egg hunts to parades. A list of local family-friendly events follows.

Spring cleaning: It’s time for gardeners to get busy

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Vince Zunino planted his Los Altos Hills garden with mustard as a winter cover crop.


Early spring is considered the ideal time to start a backyard garden. While the thought of growing vegetables and herbs may be intimidating to some,

Mary Poppins for the modern age: Local families culturally connect through au pair exchange

courtesy of cultural care Au Pair and the Vallaeys Family
Laurene Bristot of France, above, serves as au pair for the Vallaeys family of Los Altos.

With newborn twin sons, Alaleh Nouri’s career as executive for a medical device company and her husband Bahman’s work as an interventional cardiologist, the Nouris had a lot on their plate - but Bahman had one further worry: "We’ll probably have to buy a TV."

Would Isabel, the family’s new au pair, arriving from Mexico shortly after their sons were born, find the Los Altos Hills family’s television-free lifestyle boring? How much would they need to change their habits and home to accommodate her preferences?

Painting the town: Artist captures local history on canvas

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Mountain View artist Robert Schick frequents venues like the Cuesta Park Annex to create plein air paintings featuring natural landscapes.


Mountain View artist Robert C. Schick has spent much of the past two decades on a mission: to call attention to the beauty and historical value of the area, as well as to preserve it on canvas.

Spring brings a flurry of family-friendly events

Courtesy of Smuin
Smuin’s “Dance Series 01” is a mixed repertory program featuring a world premiere.

As the weather warms and the Chinese Pistache trees begin to blossom, the Los Altos area welcomes spring with a variety of family-friendly events.

From the Peninsula Youth Theatre’s "Cats" to Pacific Ballet’s Spring Showcase, the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, the city of Los Altos and several other groups offer an array of entertainment to bring the new season to life.

When family life has no easy answers

I had lunch recently with several friends whom I hadn’t seen in a while. We had a lot of catching up to do: kids, spouses, milestones, travel plans, career moves, etc.

Cooking with kids: Fun with Faux Pho

Photos by Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Using ingredients such as fresh onions, from top left, carrots and rice noodles, can make for a tasty Faux Pho meal, above.


Here are a few things about me as a mom: I’ve forgotten to buy milk twice in the same day. I’ve also forgotten practice times, birthday parties and orthodontist appointments.

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