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By girls, for girls: Campers build a sisterhood to tackle obstacles as they chase adventure

Photos Courtesy of GirlVentures; Below Photo Courtesy of Castilleja School; Right Photo Courtesy of Athena Camps All-girls camps offer summer activity with an extra dose of sisterhood. Whether they’re backpacking, launching cardboard ships or analyzing the nuances of friendship, girls and teens get a chance to lead in a new context.

Summer camp may seem to provide two opposing choices: Kids can spend those sunny weeks shut up inside, drilling in academic skills to stay in shape for the school year, or they can kick back entirely, drop pencils for water guns and take a break from learning altogether.

Camp leaders: Extending impact beyond the summer

Courtesy of Los Altos REcreation
As campers graduate from shortest archer in the row to leader of the bowmen, they put their learning to work.

Old enough to be responsible adults but young enough to clearly recall their childhood days, camp counselors are often able to connect with campers and teach them a variety of skills.

Arts and humanities camps: Human history fuels brain and soul

Above Photo courtesy of Camp Marco Polo; Below Photo Courtesy of Write Now!
In the midst of the STEM frenzy, the heart of human experience sometimes gets short-changed. Camps like Marco Polo, above, and Write Now!, below, celebrate the power of human experience and expression.

Amid a plethora of

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs and coding and robotics camps, Silicon Valley still sustains a rich offering of camps to engage a slightly different part of kids’ brains. Arts and humanities camps not only help campers grow into effective communicators, but also engage them in the complexities of the culture around them.

Art for superfans: Classical skills find new subjects in the modern art class

From Hermione Granger to "Avatar: The Last Airbender," unconventional subjects are making classical portraits for today’s young painters.

Fan art - drawings inspired by popular characters from books, movies and graphic novels - have long languished in the margins of school notebooks. But students paint what they are passionate about in the Art School of SF Bay’s Mountain View classroom. In addition to digital and traditional media, the school offers classes and camps on manga and fan art. Minecraft and Harry Potter share the easel with still lifes and figure drawings.

Ornamental odyssey: Los Altos resident decorates for every occasion

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident and world traveler Linda Clark has a houseful of themed rooms brimming with mementos, including a large collection of Christmas ornaments from all around the globe.

It’s safe to say that Los Altos resident Linda Clark loves holidays. Her attractive mid-century ranch home undergoes several seasonal makeovers each year, with the biggest transformation at Christmas.

A frequent world traveler with her husband, Dean, Clark has visited Africa, Indonesia, the South Pacific, the North Pole, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica, China, the Baltics, South America and more. The couple’s home is decorated with mementos from many of their trips - including fans and masks from Indonesia and South Pacific islands - and a guest bedroom is known as "The Africa Room."

In pursuit of the perfect present, it may not be a gift at all

Downtown Los Altos purveyor Present sells tasteful – and tasty – gift baskets. Its in-shell almonds are a treat. Hila Itzhak’s pottery is a homemade addition to any table, stovetop or shelf.
Left Photo by Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier;

From hand-drawn coupons to a handful of tickets to a local show, shared experiences can beat most presents that fit in a box. For this year’s roundup of holiday gift-giving inspiration, the Town Crier staff searched Los Altos for a gift, a book and an experience fit for every age range. In each instance, we found a local source, story or angle that can add extra meaning to your connection.

For Assyrians, Christmas means family and food

Courtesy of Margaret Petros
Los Altos resident Margaret Petros, far right, and her family brought their Iraqi Christmas traditions here.

For Los Altos’ Assyrians, many of whom are oceans away from where they grew up, Christmas is a chance to remember where they came from. There are an estimated 10,000 Assyrians in the South Bay, one of the largest groupings of the Middle Eastern Christian community in North America. Many moved here from Iraq, Iran or Syria at a young age, and Christmas in California, for them, means a taste of home.

Margaret Petros spent her first American Christmas in the Chicago suburbs. It was a frigid holiday and a true white Christmas, but it was nothing like home.

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The Town Crier publishes six different glossy magazines throughout the year that are inserted into the newspaper.

You can view the latest magazine as a PDF here or explore our archive of past issues. 


Our magazines include:

  • Camps (1/25)
  • Family Spotlight (2/22)
  • Living in Los Altos (3/29 & 9/27)
  • Home & Garden (4/26 & 8/30)
  • Senior Lifestyles (5/24)
  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (7/04)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/15)

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