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Conserving water, drought or not: Tips for saving water – and money – in the garden


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Creating a permeable path enables stormwater to recharge the water table rather than running down sidewalks and streets into the bay. Above, several inches of mulch, though packed down, allow water to infiltrate. The mulched path flows nicely into planted areas.

Despite the healthy amount of rain last winter, Los Altos still has a summer-dry Mediterranean climate, and conservation is still the cheapest and easiest way to save money on your water bill as well as to ensure that we all have enough water for essential needs.

The drought is not over: Recurring droughts historically have been part of the Bay Area climate, and the summer-dry pattern means that if you have a garden, you need to pay attention to watering.

Innovative doors integrate interior with exterior


Town Crier File Photo
Sliding glass doors bring the outside in, providing additional living area without disrupting usable floor space.

As Californians’ passion for outdoor living continues to grow, many homeowners crave a stronger integration of their indoor and outdoor spaces.

Color blooms: Local drought-resistant garden celebrates whimsy



Garden art mixes whimsically with daffodils and other bulbs that rebloom every year. Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier

Liz Calhoon loves flowers.

When she moved to her Los Altos home several decades ago, she grew fuchsias and even served as head of the fuchsia society.

Haven in the forest: Couple use open-house experience to design their perfect home


Courtesy of Malika Junaid
The split-level Los Altos Hills home of Donna and Keith Yue takes advantage of the hillside and bay views.

The house Donna and Keith Yue built on Taaffe Road in Los Altos Hills is the culmination of their visits to countless open houses.

Spring into action: Local events herald the new season


Town Crier File Photo
Children ages 1-10 are invited to hunt for candy-filled eggs at the annual downtown Los Altos Easter Egg Hunt April 8.

As winter transitions into spring, a host of events welcome the new season - from Easter egg hunts to parades. A list of local family-friendly events follows.

Spring cleaning: It’s time for gardeners to get busy


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Vince Zunino planted his Los Altos Hills garden with mustard as a winter cover crop.

 

Early spring is considered the ideal time to start a backyard garden. While the thought of growing vegetables and herbs may be intimidating to some,


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The Town Crier publishes six different glossy magazines throughout the year that are inserted into the newspaper.

You can view the latest magazine as a PDF here or explore our archive of past issues. 

 

Our magazines include:

  • Camps (1/25)
  • Family Spotlight (2/22)
  • Living in Los Altos (3/29 & 9/27)
  • Home & Garden (4/26 & 8/30)
  • Senior Lifestyles (5/24)
  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (7/04)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/15)

To advertise, contact our sales department by calling (650) 948-9000 or email sales@latc.com.

To offer submissions to editorial, contact editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com.

Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

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