Overwintering peppers: Outperform the same variety grown from seed

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Overwintered pepper plants can be more productive, and produce earlier crops, compared with new transplants. Slow-growing hot peppers and hard-to-find varieties are especially worth overwintering.

Curious neighbors wondered why I was potting up all the pepper plants in my garden last November.

For the past several years, I’ve overwintered at least one of my most robust or interesting pepper plants. Last year I decided to experiment on a larger scale.

Storytelling with art: Pieces can pack an emotional punch

“Prison Free” was purchased on the street in downtown Chicago from a local artist.
Lei Tung/Special to the Town Crier


"Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand - as if it were necessary to understand - when it is simply necessary to love."

- Claude Monet


In interior design, art is often treated as an afterthought. Long after the paint has dried and all of the furniture has been arranged, we start thinking about the art.

Romantic bouquet: Appreciating the beauty of the Geoff Hamilton rose

Julia Isaac/Special to the Town Crier
Michelle Isaac’s garden boasts one of her favorite pink roses, the Geoff Hamilton.

Roses come in various colors. I love pink roses. Lucky for me, there are many pink roses to choose from, including dozens of pink rose plants in the United States, in a wide variety of shades.

Festival turns 40: Event has grown substantially since inception

R. Alan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend.

The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

What began in 1979 as a much smaller version of the current event, the festival has now grown to include more than 300 craft and arts booths, two food courts, three stages featuring live music and entertainment, and a free dance concert, which this year features Take 2 performing 6-8 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage in Central Plaza.

2019 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival filled with food, beverages

R. Alan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Barbecue – from chicken to sausage – is a staple at the festival.

Special to the Town Crier


Food and drink choices abound at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, where new gourmet items and craft beers have been added this year.

Seven wineries return to the festival this year

R. Alan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Representatives from seven Bay Area wineries will pour their offerings at this weekend’s festival.

Special to the Town Crier

For many years, the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival has been one of the few Bay Area events featuring wines from local wineries - and this year is no different.

The seven vintners at this year’s festival are all returning favorites, including downtown Los Altos’ own Byington Vineyard & Winery.

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