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Food & Wine

Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists

Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists


Blanche Shaheen/Special to the Town Crier
Ghraybeh shortbread cookies use sweet-tasting ghee in lieu of butter.

 

When Americans think of the shortbread cookie, they often imagine the traditional Scottish cookies, shaped like oblong rectangles and ...

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Your Health

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food


Courtesy of Community Services Organization
CSA staff load groceries to take to Castro Elementary School as part of a new outreach program for children and families enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs at Castro and Mistral schools.

Maureen...

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Your Home

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Art restorer Rho Brown performs delicate preservation work in her Los Altos studio, above. Once fully restored, below left, it’s difficult to tell which cherub was previously missing its head. Brown’s studio conta...

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On The Road

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S


Photo by Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier; Bottom Right Photo courtesy of Chrysler
The Andersons recently drove the new Chrysler 300S to Danville’s Blackhawk Museum, where they saw “The Spirit of the Old West” exhibition.

 

When you have a p...

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Senior Lifestyles

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life


RAMYA KRISHNA/TOWN CRIER
Doreta Strotman performs the classics with her signature jazz-style improvisations at Los Altos Grill Sunday evenings. The Mountain View resident has been playing since the age of 4.

Sunday evenings, Doreta Strotman’s job is to...

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Wedding To Remember

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox


 

With nine fine-jewelry retailers concentrated along the Main Street corridor, downtown Los Altos offers a wealth of options for engagement and wedding ring shoppers. From one end of Main to the other, the choices range from the traditional to t...

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Your Kids

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards


 

Providing local students with a tangible outdoor learning experience, the Living Classroom program aims to support a new generation of students who are excited about the environment.

The Living Classroom serves 9,000 students locally in the Los ...

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Back to School

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The challenge for a road less-traveled: GreenTown Los Altos urges residents to run, bike, walk

The contest requires participants to register online and track how they get around from Friday through May 5. Participants can contribute to a blog by sharing stories of how they stayed out of their cars on the event’s Web site at www.drivelesschallenge.org.

Local merchants will donate prizes, such as a $60 haircut coupon from Andiamo’s hair salon and a commuter backpack from REI.

Residents can compete alone or in groups, according to their workplaces, faith communities or schools.

Last year, Los Altos residents competed in a truncated version of the race, according to Margie Suozzo, GreenTown’s new leadership chairwoman, and this year they’re going all out.

“We’re encouraging the high schools to compete with each other, and we’ve talked to Egan Junior High School folks,” Suozzo said.

GreenTown organizers hope the contest stimulates local shopping by offering incentives for people to “fix their bikes or just walk downtown,” she said. As a Los Altos Hills resident, Suozzo said it takes her just six minutes to ride her bike downtown.

“And the experience is better than people anticipate, because there’s no need to park once you get there,” she said.

Los Altos resident Nancy Schwartz posted an account of how much she enjoyed carpooling with a colleague to a wine trade show in Menlo Park last year.

“We were delighted to save gas,” she wrote, adding that they ran into former football player Terry Hoage, who now owns a Paso Robles winery.

Moms shared stories about walking their children to school in the morning, and others posted ridesharing requests.

In 2010, 400 people entered the contest, logging more than 29,000 green miles and replacing 17,500 pounds of carbon emissions. Winners placed in categories for Least Carbon-Dioxide Emissions, Most Trips without Car Miles, Most Improved (based on baseline miles) and Most Use of Alternative Methods of Transportation, including walking, biking, carpooling and small electric vehicles.

The greenest groups were NASA/Ames, Hillview Middle School, friends of Menlo Velo Bicycles, Palo Alto Little League and Congregation Etz Chayim.

Coming on the heels of a management change at GreenTown, Suozzo oversees the contest. Executive Director Keith Turner resigned for personal reasons in early April (see sidebar). Suozzo, co-founder and a longtime member, continues to manage the programs’ group. She earned two master’s degrees, one in environmental studies and the other in public policy.

Because the group follows a collaborative organizational model, she said she relies on its many active volunteers.

 

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.greentownlosaltos.org.

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