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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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Turn students into recycling heroes

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 30 percent of consumer waste is recycled each year, which presents an opportunity for children to use their green thumbs and take part in saving the planet.

Following are a few ways to get children started.

• Show paper some TLC. Paper accounts for as much as 50 percent of landfill space. Rather than add to the waste, implement an easily accessed designated paper recycling bin where you use paper most in the home or the classroom.

Better still, put paper products to good use by challenging children to create paper craft projects. Then recycle any scraps when finished.

• Get crafty. In addition to paper products, all kinds of waste can be “upcycled” into useful or decorative items. For example, a painted egg carton can make a unique storage box for small objects like beads or paper clips, and tissue paper glued to a clean spaghetti sauce jar makes an attractive vase. The possibilities are endless – you will not only save trash from a landfill, you will inspire creativity.

• Better together. Recycling is often more effective when multiple people take part. Teachers can set a goal for their classrooms, schools or even individual students to recycle a specified amount of paper, plastics, aluminum and glass before the end of the school year.

Parents can support the effort by encouraging children not only to recycle at home, but also to take recyclable materials into the classroom to participate in the school’s project.

• Adopt a program. Encouraging children to take part in a recycling-focused program can develop valuable habits while promoting fun.

One such program is the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program, a classroom resource designed to teach children how they can be environmentally responsible. Throughout the year, the classroom or school collects empty glue bottles and glue sticks to recycle through TerraCycle.

For more information, visit ElmersGlueCrew.com or Facebook.com/GlueCrew.

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