Ghosts of dances past

Bob Simon

Given your keen interest in poetry, Dear Reader, you must have also been charmed by square-dance callers’ rhymes back in the day. Oh? Still dancing in those wide skirts and cowboy vests? Well - you young whippersnapper, you - you can read along, too.

Our square-dance club finally hung up our boots and flats. As we faded into the sunset, we converted first to annual reunions and then, sadly, to one last adios. The poem that follows was recited at our final gathering.

CAFE serves seniors: Center for Age-Friendly Excellence promotes programs for older adults

Courtesy of Margriet Delange
A 2017 Senior Tech Event sponsored by the Senior Inclusion and Participation Project – a program of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence – matched seniors with students for help with smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Los Altos is home to a unique kind of CAFE.

The Center for Age-Friendly Excellence, a Los Altos Community Foundation program, aims to advance understanding of age-friendly cities and drive transformational change in creating healthy, active, sustainable, inclusive and engaged intergenerational communities.

In the comfort of home: Tips for aging safely in place – and not in a nursing home

Most of us want to age in place. But can we? Affordable, accessible and well-located housing affects quality of life for all ages, but it’s most significant for older adults. A report released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and AARP claims that these three key points are the cornerstone to comfort and security.

Housing is the single largest item in most budgets, and its costs and expenses directly influence financial security. The home’s location - with access to health and safety, stores, services and transportation - is essential. Without these three components, older adults may experience inactive, nonproductive and isolated lives. For individuals with a disability or chronic disease, location and accessibility are even more crucial.

Senior Program Briefs

Courtesy Los Altos Senior Program
ArtVentures participants display their work at the Senior Program’s “Art on the Patio.”

The following events are scheduled at the Los Altos Senior Program’s Hillview Community Center location at 97 Hillview Ave., unless otherwise noted. To register for events and for more information, call 947-2727.

Los Altos Hills road named after owner's father

Joan Sherlock, right, enjoys a spring day at home with daughter Anika Norheim and their 7-week-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppies.

Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

As you drive up into Los Altos Hills on Moody Road, the landscape grows a little more rural by the mile.

In these foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the elevation rises from approximately 180 feet above sea level near downtown Los Altos to 750 feet in just 4 miles.

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.

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