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.

Creative connections: Tips for boosting creativity in busy families

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Kingston Baynard, 9, works on a mindfulness activity during a Creativity Summit led by his mom, Kanesha.


Fellow parents and participants in my Creativity Summit often ask me: "With life being so busy and with so many things to juggle, how are you able to spend so much time doing creative projects as a family?"

Breaking out in hives: Los Altos beekeeper Kendal Sager shares her love of bees with local families

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Elizabeth Hamblin, left, and beekeeper Kendal Sager get ready to care for the beehive in the Hamblins’ backyard in Los Altos.


Kendal Sager is sweet on bees. Not only does she keep hives and reap the rewards by selling their honey, she also is a strong advocate for bees.

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