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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 women jazz it up

Strictly Candids

PURDUE ALUMNI GATHERING: Los Altos Hills Major Bob Fenwick recalled his collegiate years upon meeting Purdue Dean Linda Katehi.

"It shows how far we have come in women's rights. When I was attending Purdue there were only two women professors teaching in the whole school," said Fenwick. The Purdue University School of Electrical Engineering recently introduced and honored their Dean Linda Katehi as their first woman dean, .

The alumni cocktail party with tasty gourmet appetizers, was a lovely affair hosted by Jan and Bob Fenwick, in their beautiful home high up in the hills with breathtaking view of the bay and mountains.

BEST OF THE BAY AREA'S WOMEN IN JAZZ : The free Bank of Los Altos Family Concert Series at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts presented the "Women in Jazz, Sizzlin' Sounds of Summer."

The five talented ladies, the Bay Area's top jazz musicians, gifted us with a stunning afternoon of wonderful jazz and Latin standards. The Community School of Music and Arts events and outreach coordinator, Christine Catura - vocalist and percussion, was hailed as the "Voice of the Century."

Other members included Sue Crosman, piano; Ruth Davies, bass; Kelly Fasman, drums; and a former CSMA faculty member, Kris Strom, on saxophone. The women have performed with famous musicians throughout their very esteemed careers. They turned the heat up the stage with an unforgettable performance!

A Napa Valley Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception was hosted by the Community School of Music and Arts with refreshment donations by Le Boulanger, Safeway, and Windsor Vineyards.

CONGRATS ARE DUE: Recently, 50 friends, family, and associates gathered to celebrate Dr. Gary Cleary's 60th birthday party given by his wife, Nobuko, in their lovely Los Altos Hills home. "It was great to be surrounded by my friends and family who made such a difference in my life," Gary said. "I didn't get to 60 years alone! Everyone helped me through some phase of my life. I owe a lot to Nobuko!

The guests were treated to beautiful piano music by Music Director Dr. Nicholas Isaacs, and flutist Kathleen Muscettola, of Community School of Music and Arts. They played "Le Cygne" or "The Swan," which is one of the favorite songs that Yo Yo Ma played for Nobuko and Gary at his concert. Cygnus, Gary's first company he founded was named after "Le Cygne." He started another company called Corium, that is now manufacturing auto sensors for his most recent, one of a kind discovery, a glucose monitoring wrist watch which automatically measures glucose for diabetics which works through the skin. This project was started in 1988.

Gary has also discovered better ways for medication to absorb through the skin into the bloodstream, called transdermal drug delivery, such as the nicotine and estrogen patches. Congratulations, Gary, for the new discovery and for being able to love, laugh, and enjoy everything that life could possibly give you at 60 years old!

SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY: On June 21, the Los Altos Community Foundation held their hors 'douevres and cocktail party in the lovely gardens of Steve Finn's estate in Los Altos Hills. Everyone enjoyed the tranquil setting with rolling green lawns and beautiful reflection pool. The guests were delighted to see his beautifully restored home and vintage car collection.

We were entertained by the talented Bus Barn Follies with a bit of review of the upcoming annual benefit on Oct. 10-12 (Black-tie Gala).

Despite the cold first evening of summer, the beautiful setting and the happy conversation of founders and their guests made the event a success! The event also gave the guests an opportunity to learn more about the foundation's goals and many accomplishments.

A HAWAIIAN STYLE BIG BIRTHDAY FOR NORM: There were palm trees, coconuts, grass skirts, two dozen beach balls, fish floats and leis for 100 guests in island attire to celebrate Norm's big birthday. The party in their lovely home and garden was given by Carol Proffitt for her husband, Norm. She invited family, relatives, colleagues and friends to share his 65th birthday! The lovely presentation and the scrumptious food such as chicken drumettes, fried crab wonton, and luau pulled pork were prepared by SunPac Foods. Some of the familiar faces that attended the celebration were Muriel Johnson, Mickey Wheat, Betty and Gordon Moore, Dr. Bill Reeves, Betty Lohman, Dr. George and Barbara Rugtiv, and Marie and Bill Bernardy. What a grand party Carol planned!

Please contact Margaret M. Abe, at the Los Altos Town Crier, 138 Main Street., Los Altos 94022, or call 948-9000.

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