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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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Anniki showcases back-to-school fashions


If you're going to purchase one essential item for this back-to-school season, it can be blue or faded, zippered or buttoned, flared or form-fitting; however, it must be jeans with a name brand label.

Being a teenager isn't as easy as it looks. Their clothes are scrutinized more than their schoolbooks when classes start this month.

Linz Shelton, fashion consultant at Anniki on Main Street in Los Altos, said those in the know go for Citizens of Humanity Jeans from designer of Seven and some are bondage-inspired with zippers and chains.

"Kids in Los Altos have good taste and know how to put things together," Shelton said. "They know how to dress their age, but keep it contemporary and fashion forward."

Lily Lozon, Anniki employee who goes to Gunn High School, said there are lots of cool moms who help their daughters with back-to-school shopping. "Cool moms look for trendy but tasteful clothing."

There is one accessory that all students must have for a fashionable fall and that's a good book bag with room for a cell phone.

"It's 100 percent important to look your best on the first day of school," said Courtney Gump, entering Los Altos High School as a freshman this year. "I'll be wearing my jeans and a dress sweat shirt. Sweat shirt hoods are hot."

Other LAHS entering freshmen said jeans that are different like Brianna Nelson or Mudd shorts and tank top are good.

Lisa Templeton, another entering freshman, said, "I'll be wearing either a denim or a corduroy miniskirt."

Lawrence Mandini, in his fourth year as owner of Anniki, finds teenage fashions an experience. "One day they love a style and the next day they hate it," Mandini said.

Monica and Crissy, Homestead High School students, said jeans are important for returning to school. While they try to look good, they don't pay much attention to what is in or out of style.

"Just wear what you want. You decide on something nice and tell the others what you like and they follow."

Elementary school children visit Marion Jackston's and Young Villagers for their back-to-school fashions. High school and college students visit Anniki for their fashion choices. There are other clothing stores in Los Altos, but these are specialty back-to-school retailers.

Separates are big this year, with kids mixing, matching and layering outfits to make their own fashion statements. Young girls will be mixing schoolroom classics like A-line jumpers and plaid skirts with ruffled shirts and trendy denim jackets.

Teen trends this year at the Los Altos clothing stores:

Layers in different textures and sizes to pile on when the weather cools, or peel off as the temperature increases. Tank tops and dress shirts can be worn over or under clothing.

The '80s are back with its stripes, mesh accents, Puma shoes and turtlenecks. Short skirts, heavy fabrics and fall colors suit those with a tendency toward punk-style. Deep warm tones such as plum, cranberry, moss and olive greens and oatmeal are being selected ahead of whites.

Fabric adds to the fashion statement: tweeds, corduroy, satin and velvet in tops and bottoms, outerwear and accessories. They can all be mixed.

Mixing up the closet's leftovers is a good look this year because it's all about you.

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