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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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Here are 13 important safety tips for back-to-school drivers

As you head back to school later this month, keep yourself and others safe by following these driving tips.

Rule 1. Don't forget to wipe. Operate the windshield washer system before driving. The windshield wipers should clear the windshield in one full cycle.

Rule 2. Don't talk and drive. Having a cell phone is important in case of an accident, but talking and driving don't mix. Keep the volume of the radio low enough that you can hear emergency vehicles. Drivers need to be fully alert and focused on the road.

Rule 3. Do get to know your vehicle. Information on your vehicle is found in the owner's manual. But read it before you drive.

Rule 4. Relax and enjoy the ride. Remember, fast aggressive driving saves only 30 to 40 seconds, on average. Remember to buckle up.

Rule 5. Lighting is your communication link to other drivers. Once a month, inspect all external lighting. The ignition must be turned on to check lighting such as the blinkers.

Rule 6. Tire safety. Get into the habit of walking around your vehicle before you get in. Look at the tires' inflation level. Do they all look the same? Proper tire inflation specifications are located on the door jam, gas cap door or trunk deck lid. Learn the proper procedure for changing a tire.

Rule 7. Check the engine oil. The vehicle should be on a level surface with the engine stopped. Wait three to five minutes before checking the oil.

Rule 8. Check the engine coolant. Do not raise the hood if steam is visible. If the radiator cap must be removed, the vehicle should be COLD. Remember, engine coolant can be very hot.

Rule 9. Check the transmission, brake, power steering and washer fluid regularly.

Rule 10. Check the clutch master cylinder fluid regularly. Clutch fluid can usually be seen through a clear reservoir. Most clutch fluid reservoirs have a minimum and maximum mark. If the clutch fluid level is not visible, the vehicle may not shift into gear easily.

Rule 11. Adjust your mirrors. The rearview mirror should be adjusted and checked in its day and night positions. Side mirrors should be adjusted so that you can barely see your vehicle's reflection. This helps to reduce the blind spot.

Rule 12. Keepf these items on hand. first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, flares, water, ice scraper, emergency phone numbers, equipment to change a flat tire.

Rule 13. Do not drive if you are impaired in any way - by fatigue, alcohol, drugs or emotional stress.

The foregoing safety tips were adapted from rules compiled by CollegeBound Teen Magazine and Precision Tune Auto Care.

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