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Food & Wine

'Galentine's Day' celebrates romance of truly great pals

'Galentine's Day' celebrates romance of truly great pals


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Champagne Moutard Rosé de Cuvaison Brut screams “Valentine’s Day,” with pink bubbles fit for an evening with chocolate and loved ones.

I didn’t plan to have the incredible female friendships I have. As ...

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Your Health

Mountain View teen won't let diabetes sink her fun

Mountain View teen won't let diabetes sink her fun


Courtesy of the Sorenson Family
Cipriana Sorenson, right, with brother Kai and parents Holt and Beth, maintains an active lifestyle despite her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis.

Studies show that approximately 1.25 million Americans are living with Typ...

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Your Home

Outdoor kitchens provide an extension of the home

Outdoor kitchens provide an extension of the home


Courtesy of Lisa Parramore
This outdoor kitchen and gathering space, left, offers a cozy spot to enjoy the smells wafting from the pizza oven.

Part of what makes living in the Bay Area such a delight is its mild, temperate climate. More and m...

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On The Road

Tips to keep dogs from getting carsick

Tips to keep dogs from getting carsick


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Having a dog face forward in a car can help with car sickness.

With winter travel in high gear, many people plan to hit the road with their pooches. However, for some four-legged family members, road trips can mean up...

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Senior Lifestyles

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Lloyd Lettis, 96, of Mountain View plays tennis three days a week at Los Altos High School.

Ninety-six-year-old Mountain View resident Lloyd Lettis seems to have a gene for longevity. And one for farming. And another for t...

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Wedding To Remember

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night


Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor....

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accuratel...

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Creative computing

“I started Fun With Media because I was looking for something like this for my daughter and (could find) nothing,” Gopal said. “I was looking for a place that could introduce kids to the creative potential of digital technologies.”

Gopal approached Kaoru Hollin, an experienced visual designer, and Amy Shelley, sixth-grade teacher at Los Altos’ Almond School, and together they founded Fun With Media.

Hollin and Gopal, who have sons the same age, met while volunteering for the Mountain View High School marching band for four years. Shelley has a degree in education technology and taught Gopal’s daughter at summer camp.

“Ours is a unique studio. We want kids to have fun while learning digital media skills,” Gopal said. “When I decided to start this studio, I reached out to Kaoru and Amy because of their graphic design and education backgrounds. We are fortunate to have such complementary skills, and we work really well together.”

Shelley has taught at all grade levels, worked closely with educational software development teams to improve technology tools for the classroom and developed projects that integrate 21st-century technological skills in every area of the elementary classroom curriculum.

During her 20-year career as a graphic designer, Hollin created many iconic illustrations that are bundled with Adobe’s flagship graphics applications. Her work is featured in the company’s leading design references, including “The Adobe Illustrator Wow! Book,” “Adobe Design Essentials” and the “Classroom in a Book” series. Subsequent to her tenure at Adobe, Hollin founded Digital Artistry, a graphic design studio in Mountain View.

The three have combined talents to ensure that their studio is a place where children, excited about their lives and passions, can learn to express themselves creatively, whether they’ve had experience with computers or not.

“Many kids don’t have access to high-end software, and we hope to provide that for everyone,” Hollin said. “We want them to be able to express themselves with different media.”

Fun With Media is equipped with 10 iMacs, Flip UltraHD video cameras, Canon cameras, touch-sensitive Wacom tablets, a large-format photo printer, photo-lighting kits, a green-screen backdrop and other special-effects props. After-school classes, labs and camps are available for students from third grade and up. The studio features an array of programs including digital photography, movie making, comic drawing, stick figure and 2D animation and cartooning.

“I’m excited about working at Fun With Media because I get to do the two things I love most: teaching and technology,” Shelley said.

After creating their projects, students take home something they can be proud of, Gopal said. They may borrow cameras and other equipment to film raw material for special projects.

The goal is to spread the word so that children will hear about “this fun place to learn cool stuff,” Gopal said. In close proximity to local schools and neighborhoods at 1764-A Miramonte Ave. near Cuesta Drive, they hope to give back to the community through the studio, she said.

“I hope so many kids will want to come in during our drop-in lab hours that we will have to add more computers,” Gopal said. “Also, we will have classes for adults to teach skills for long-postponed projects such as digital scrapbooks, movies of their families or their own cooking blogs.”

“Hopefully this will be a great beginning,” Hollin added.

In addition to after-school classes, Fun With Media offers birthday parties, summer camps and opportunities for adults to learn digial media skills.

For more information, call 962-5400, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.funwithmedia.com.

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