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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

Keeping rainwater in the garden

Keeping rainwater in the garden


Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier
The maroon flowers of spicebush boast an interesting winey fragrance. Native to moist places, spicebush is a large, deciduous shrub that provides good wildlife cover.

Native plants can handle lots of rain ...

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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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School fashion dials down as temperatures drop

In this stylish town, no one is too young for fashion. From toddlers to teens, kids go to school in high style, although their parents might wonder how high style can be so casual.

You may be relieved to know that this year's back-to-school fashions are somewhat conservative. Skirts are getting a little bit longer. (If they had gotten any shorter, they would have been belts.) Classic styles like pleated skirts and argyle vests are coming back in updated colors such as lime green and hot pink.

Don't get your hopes too high for conservative-looking children. There is a trend toward going to school in "lazy day" clothes. When students are feeling lazy, they might go to school in an outfit similar to one they sleep in - sweat pants or unstructured shorts.

"Girls on lazy days wear something comfortable," said Egan Junior High School student Kendra Cavaney. "When you want to dress up, you wear a skirt or jeans. For many guys, whatever they find in their drawer, they wear."

Egan student Haley Sugimoto added, "If girls want to look good, they might wear jewelry to make their clothes stand out or makeup to make their face stand out. People are unique in their own clothing style."

Estimates predict that back-to-school spending across the country will exceed the $13 billion mark, with a little less than half of that spent on clothing and accessories for kids.

"Transitioning from summer vacation to back-to-school mode can be challenging for both parents and children," said Pamela Wallack, executive vice president of GapKids and a mother of three. "By mixing back-to-school basics with new trends in denim and active wear, kids can affordably use fashion as a positive way to express their creativity and individuality."

Trends this year include:

• Darker, narrower jeans with embroidery.

• Longer, narrower Bermuda shorts that hit the knee.

• Slightly longer skirts.

• Graphic designs and patterns on T-shirts.

• Pockets designed specifically for cell phones and other electronics.

• Skirts and nice slacks for dressy days.

Layering is an enduring trend. "The layered look now might mean wearing two tank tops and a hoodie," said Lauren Pye, sales associate at Kids Only in downtown Los Altos. "Also, we are seeing more of the retro look, like hoop earrings, bright colors and prints from the '60s, and polka dots. Paul Frank prints are big this year."

Los Altos is fortunate to have three fine children's clothing stores, all located on Main Street between Second and Third streets. Kids Only, Young Villagers and Marion Jackstons serve infants through preteens.

"People are moving away from primary colors, toward bold colors like lime green or orange, or even black," said Linda Cecil, owner of Young Villagers. "These colors have been popular in Europe for a long time, but Americans are just now accepting them in children's clothes. We are seeing new color combinations like brown with pink or sky blue.

"Our customers, in the high-end market, want their kids to be unique - trendy, but classy, not flashy."

Beth Miller, owner of Marion Jackstons since 1990, said, "For 7-16 girls, styles are tending to lean back to the classics - fewer spaghetti straps, more age-appropriate dressing.

"Plaid skirts are now big for girls, too. The Roxy brand is very popular. It's wearable, trendy.

"Kids want to be fashionable, but they still want to be comfortable, with Lycra in pants or knit."

StatePoint Media contributed to this article.

For more information, visit or call Kids Only, 248 Main St., 947-0699; Marion Jackstons, 222 Main St., 948-0948; Young Villagers, 205 Main St., 948-2856.

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