Fun with elderberry: How to use a native plant in flower, fruit and stem

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Antonio Flores, above, plays traditional Native American tunes on his elderberry flute. The “blanks” for elderberry flutes are approximately 8 inches long, cut from a dead dry branch.

In the 1944 movie "Arsenic and Old Lace," the elderberry wine served to old gents was spiked with several poisons. If the murderous aunts had simply fed them unripe blue elderberries, or red elderberries, their victims may have felt sick after a while, but they would have lived.

Oldest house in Los Altos: Merriman site serves as backdrop for museum fundraiser

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The Winchester-Merriman House on Edgewood Lane is considered the oldest standing home in Los Altos.

Los Altos History Museum supporters have scheduled a fundraiser, "A Los Altos Garden Party Evening of Memories and Mysteries," 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 14 at the historical Winchester-Merriman House on Edgewood Lane in Los Altos, an 1880s-era property considered the oldest standing home in the city.

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Repurposing history: Transplanted houses bring a feel for the past as they travel the terrain

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Residents who attended the Jan. 22 Los Altos Hills Planning Commission study session about a potential town hall remodel advocated for preservation of Heritage House, above, a 1909 home moved to town from Los Altos in 1985.

Newcomers could be forgiven for assuming they’d stumbled across a historical home that survived in situ as they stroll past Heritage House in Los Altos Hills or the Neutra House and Los Altos Community Foundation buildings, side by side in Los Altos on Hillview Avenue.

The homes, all tucked beside more modern developments, are original, but they’ve been lifted from their foundations and trucked across town as development deals and community interests evolved.

Hidden jewel: Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos provides a sanctuary for the soul

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Designed by a past retreatant, the labyrinth at El Retiro offers a peaceful spot for reflection and meditation.

Although the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos has been a place of worship, healing and discovery for 94 years, it remains a mystery to many.

Creating the good: Edo Rosenberg: Sculpting tension, harmony and life

Edo Rosenberg’s sculpture “Travel” graces the Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto.

Three things artist and Los Altos resident Edo Rosenberg said he would bring to a desert island: water, fishing gear and companionship.

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