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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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CSMA hires new executive director

“As we move into a new and exciting growth phase, Ms. Grove’s strong nonprofit management and strategic planning skills, breadth of perspective and experience, and proven ability to build collaborations, partnerships and diverse teams will be invaluable to fulfillment of our goals,” said Debra Summers, chairwoman of the school’s board of directors.

Like her mother and grandmother, Grove grew up taking piano lessons and singing in her church choir in her native Virginia. She and her children have been immersed in the Bay Area’s jazz community, as performers and audience members, for many years.

“The arts have always been an important part of my life,” Grove said. “It is a great joy for me to be part of the CSMA community. I look forward to continuing and deepening CSMA’s leadership in making music and arts education accessible for all.”

Grove is a senior-level executive with financial, business development and social venture experience. She is former executive director of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and most recently served as vice president of programs at ALearn, where she was responsible for the development, expansion and evaluation of supplemental education programs in 12 school districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

The community is invited to meet Grove at the Community School of Music and Art’s annual open house, scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The event will include art class demonstrations, student performances and tours of the facility.

For more information, visit arts4all.org.

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