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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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Women's suffrage exhibit at museum


Visitors to the Los Altos History Museum, many of them candidates in local council races, enjoy the new exhibit on women suffrage.

Last Thursday's reception for the new Los Altos History Museum exhibit, "Votes For Women: Unfinished Business," drew women candidates running for local offices to signify that women play a major role in today's political landscape.

The traveling exhibit, running through Nov. 21, originated at the Huntington Library in Southern California. The California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA) scaled it down for portability and has sponsored its showing throughout California since 1999.

Only about half of the exhibit featured at the Los Altos History Museum is from CERA and the Huntington Library. The other half, which covers the period from the passing of the 19th Amendment to modern day, was created by a committee of History Museum members and volunteers.

For the Los Altos exhibition, Jane Reed, former mayor and exhibit chairwoman, formed a group to expand the exhibit to reflect the current climate of a presidential race in full swing.

"What I was amazed at … how much the museum members have contributed to the exhibit," said committee member Mike Larkin.

Colette Cranston, herself a candidate for Los Altos Hills City Council, suggested that female candidates from all over the Peninsula could come and be part of the exhibit's opening night.

"As a History House member, I got the notice about this exhibit, 'Votes For Women,' and thought it would be advantageous both for women candidates running on the Peninsula and the Museum to come here for this opening event," Cranston said.

The opening, Sept. 23, reflected her input with women candidates from Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Mountain View attending.

"With only 14 out of 100 women in the U.S. Senate, as a group women need to make their voices heard so that we have greater representation in elected offices," said Connie Chronis.

The Los Altos History Museum, located at 51 S. San Antonio Road, is open noon to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, Admission is free. For more information, call 948-9427 or logon to www.losaltoshistory.org.

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