Reflecting on summers past: Local seniors see generational change in local pastimes

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For Carole Katz, from left, Joan Karlin and Karen Radwin, the carefully programmed summer camps that keep their grandchildren occupied and enriched lack the luxurious free time enjoyed by generations past.

The concept of summer vacation - like most everything - has changed dramatically over the years. While nowadays children’s summers can be nearly as busy as the school year, and involve many of the same activities, they often used to be full of long days with lots of free time.

Unless the children were working, that is.

Passion for prose: Writing camp helps kids channel their muse

Courtesy of Jen and Hans Hartvickson
The finished products penned by writing campers are first sparked by music, dancing and improvisation. By building skills and interest with interdisciplinary work, Adventures in Writing takes performance anxiety out of the process.


Through games, music and improvisational comedy, the Adventures in Writing Camp - held each summer in Los Altos, Mountain View and other Bay Area cities - aims to expose campers to the joys of writing and inspire a new interest in storytelling.

Starting out with startups: Teens go pro at entrepreneurship boot camp

Courtesy of Swati Sinha
Local middle and high school students learn the art of pitching at a nonprofit boot camp for young entrepreneurs. The Los Altos sessions, hosted at First Republic Bank, are organized by Silicon Valley Coders.


Nesyah Galatin, an eighth-grader at Blach Intermediate School, acted as CEO of an imaginary company called The Midas Touch. She collaborated with her chief financial officer, Sidharth Dharmasanam, a seventh-grader at Egan Junior High, to create a fundraising pitch for their invention, an attachment they designed to keep an umbrella from flipping inside out during a storm.

Around the world, in Mandarin: Summer traditions gain element of immersion at two-week camp

Courtesy of Jennifer Chapa
A Mandarin-language summer camp in Mountain View offered by Yew Chung International School uses traditional camp activities such as sports and crafts to provide a low-pressure backdrop to language learning.


At Yew Chung International School, campers can travel all around the world without leaving their Mountain View campus.

Thanksgivings in Storeyland

Kimberly Winslow / Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier reporter Megan Winslow, back, third from left, gathers with family and friends in her aunt and uncle's Lake Worth, Fla., kitchen before Thanksgiving dinner.

I often slept through the three-hour drives between our house and Storeyland, but I knew we were close when my parents’ Dodge Caravan began bouncing through the dips worn into the dirt roads of the neighborhood.

Local holiday rituals bind families across distance and time

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Autumn enters the home for Shreyas, from left, Rajiv, Uma and Sruthi Ramaswami to the sound of song and drumbeats. They welcome visitors to their Los Altos home to celebrate Navratri with music, food and companionship.

Flickering candles, familiar spices, songs learned as a child and repeated year after year - ask local families what marks their holiday season, and you’ll find answers that sound strangely similar, even as they honor different deities and homelands.

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