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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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Noteworthies

Katie Bryan-Jones, daughter of Hardy Jones and Jane-Bryan Jones of Los Altos, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake study and research in Australia next year. The Los Altos High graduate received a bachelor's degree in Human Biology, graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1997. While at Stanford she received a University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Major Grant to do research in the field of AIDS education and prevention.

The principal purpose of the Fulbright program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. Katie's goal is to obtain a master's degree in Public Health from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Her project focuses on implementing and evaluating a program to educate Australian physicians about tobacco smoke and cessation intervention strategies.

Katie currently works as a researcher at the University of California's Institute of Health Policy Studies.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation of Los Altos announced last week the addition of James P. Leape, an internationally recognized leader in conservation, as the new deputy director of its Conservation Program. Leape assumed this position on June 1.

In announcing the appointment, Carol S. Larson, vice president and director of Foundation Programs, stated, "We are delighted to have someone with Jim's background, ability, and talent as a leader in the Conservation Program. His outstanding skills and experience in target-driven global and regional campaigns will undoubtedly enhance our efforts to conserve and restore critical natural systems."

Prior to joining the foundation, Leape served as executive vice president for the World Wildlife Fund, where he led the conservation programs since 1992.

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