Hooray for holey leaves: Learn how native plants provide ecological services that sustain us all

Courtesy of Tanya kucak
The Majestic Oak, a California live oak, is a venerable specimen that can provide such ecological services as sequestering carbon, managing the watershed, enriching soil and supporting pollinators.

If you look closely at the trees in your yard and see holes in the leaves, congratulations! That’s one sign of a successful landscape, according to Doug Tallamy, chairman of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware at Newark.

A cherished childhood: You can go home again (but it may involve some sorting)

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Chapman’s father, Col. William Ashley Chapman, with the new family automobile in the 1960s. The TV antenna on the roof was the latest thing in technology.

There are many advantages to living in the home I lived in as a child: a beautiful community, a connection to family history and, best of all, no mortgage.

Grow what you like to eat: Now is the time to plant the seeds of your favorite vegetables

Courtesy of Tanya Kucak
Tomatoes are one of the most rewarding vegetables to grow. Choices include red, orange, yellow, black, pink, purple, green-when-ripe, white and blue tomatoes.

What’s worth growing in your backyard garden?

Make safety your top priority: What to do if disaster strikesclose to home

Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Carolyn Dupuis, second from left, briefs Block Action Team, Community Emergency Response Team and ham radio emergency preparedness volunteers during an October 2017 neighborhood drill.

Living in California, we’re all aware that emergency events can occur at any time. An earthquake, flood, wildfire or other natural disaster may impact the local community. Or a more localized event may affect a neighborhood or require an evacuation.

Do you need help preparing your family and home to deal with the aftermath of such an emergency?

Finding friendship in the food supply: Backyard chickens peck their way into local hearts

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Isabelle Cnudde, above, visits with her flock outside their predator-proof coop. White Leghorns, inset, are known for big combs that flop at a rakish angle.

Chicken Little, the Little Red Hen, Medio Pollito - folktales from around the world acknowledge the goofy, enterprising and food-obsessed spirit of domestic egg layers. As backyard chickens keep gaining in popularity locally, spurred on by traditions like the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, more families are getting a crash course in the personalities behind the eggs they eat.

Los Altos resident Isabelle Cnudde and her husband moved into their midcentury Los Altos ranch house in 2009 and first bought three hens, she said, "because I wanted to know where food came from - (seeking) 'happy eggs' was how I got started. But you come back from work and just hang out with the chickens. Egg layers become pets."

Meetups of the (like)minded: Local gatherings cater to a broad range of interests

Courtesy of Javy Galindo
Peninsula Trail Running members take a breather at the summit of Windy Hill Open Space Preserve.

Art, technology, reading, writing, bicycling, running, yoga, music, board games, dogs, toddler playtime, business networking, foreign language conversation - wherever your interests lie, there just might be a group for that. If not, feel free to create one.

Meetup.com is an online social networking tool launched in 2002. By entering a city or ZIP code, users can browse events or groups by subject ("Arts," "Beliefs," "Food & Drink," "Hobbies & Crafts," "Tech," etc.) close to home or farther afield. There is also a "Create a Meetup" tab that takes users through the steps to list a new event.

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Our magazines include:

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  • Home & Garden (4/25 & 8/29)
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  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (7/11)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/14)

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