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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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Back-to-school stress and some solutions

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Going back to school can be an exciting yet stressful time for children and teens.

Remember when you were a child or teen starting a new school year? As a young child, you may have been scared about leaving mom and dad, or with the possibility of getting a mean teacher. As a teen, you may have been concerned about making friends, fitting in or doing well in classes.

The good news is that parents can help their children prepare for the change, making the transition less stressful.

Common problems, some solutions

For some children, anxiety about going back to school can manifest into physical distress, such as headaches or abdominal pain. If your child has a recurring physical complaint, it may be time for a gentle investigation.

For a young child, talking about the upcoming school year and its unknowns may be all that's necessary. If this doesn't work, you might try taking the child to the school to meet a friendly teacher and talk to children who enjoy school.

Older children and teens may be anxious about their ability to perform at school. To help your child do well in school, you can become aware of poor performance and help your child get organized early. You may decide to ask your child's teacher to inform you if your child is having any trouble. It may also help to structure regular study times in a quiet place or arrange for tutoring.

Eat, sleep and be healthy

Children or teens will enjoy better overall health and reduced stress levels if they eat well and get plenty of sleep. Parents can help keep their child's sleeping and eating habits consistent.

Because summertime tends to be more relaxed than the school year, children tend to go to bed late and wake up late. Making sleep a priority - by aiming for 10 to 11 hours each night - can prevent a youth from being over-tired and over-stressed.

A healthy diet, including a nutritious breakfast, is essential for an alert mind and healthy body. Children and teens need three to four servings of calcium daily: a cup of milk or yogurt, a cup of calcium-fortified orange juice or an ounce of cheese. Protein is essential for brain and muscle development: pinto, black or soy beans; meat; chicken; fish and eggs. Adequate iron from red meat, beans or iron-fortified cereal prevents anemia, which has been found to impair learning, is also important. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and other nutrients and are a good source of fiber.

Change is stressful for all of us - including our children. These tactics will help keep your child as stress-free as possible as a new school year begins.

Martino is a pediatrician at the Los Altos Center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. This monthly column is provided by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and column editor Arian Dasmalchi.

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