Life skills & lamb shanks: Sharing while preparing with kids

Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Lamb shanks are a hit with Christine Moore’s family. She calls them “a special treat” for her kids.

By Christine Moore

Rattle, tap, stomp and sing: Toddler programs craft music for the very young

Music Together
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
The Music Together toddler classes in Los Altos load kids up with bells to jingle and tunes to try, while encouraging parents to play along. Teacher Drew Wanderman, center in blue, teaches families to bring singing into everyday life.

 Life is like a year-round summer season for very young children and their parents, who stitch together multiweek programs and one-off library events like so many college electives.

Reflecting on summers past: Local seniors see generational change in local pastimes

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
For Carole Katz, from left, Joan Karlin and Karen Radwin, the carefully programmed summer camps that keep their grandchildren occupied and enriched lack the luxurious free time enjoyed by generations past.

The concept of summer vacation - like most everything - has changed dramatically over the years. While nowadays children’s summers can be nearly as busy as the school year, and involve many of the same activities, they often used to be full of long days with lots of free time.

Unless the children were working, that is.

Passion for prose: Writing camp helps kids channel their muse

Courtesy of Jen and Hans Hartvickson
The finished products penned by writing campers are first sparked by music, dancing and improvisation. By building skills and interest with interdisciplinary work, Adventures in Writing takes performance anxiety out of the process.


Through games, music and improvisational comedy, the Adventures in Writing Camp - held each summer in Los Altos, Mountain View and other Bay Area cities - aims to expose campers to the joys of writing and inspire a new interest in storytelling.

Starting out with startups: Teens go pro at entrepreneurship boot camp

Courtesy of Swati Sinha
Local middle and high school students learn the art of pitching at a nonprofit boot camp for young entrepreneurs. The Los Altos sessions, hosted at First Republic Bank, are organized by Silicon Valley Coders.


Nesyah Galatin, an eighth-grader at Blach Intermediate School, acted as CEO of an imaginary company called The Midas Touch. She collaborated with her chief financial officer, Sidharth Dharmasanam, a seventh-grader at Egan Junior High, to create a fundraising pitch for their invention, an attachment they designed to keep an umbrella from flipping inside out during a storm.

Around the world, in Mandarin: Summer traditions gain element of immersion at two-week camp

Courtesy of Jennifer Chapa
A Mandarin-language summer camp in Mountain View offered by Yew Chung International School uses traditional camp activities such as sports and crafts to provide a low-pressure backdrop to language learning.


At Yew Chung International School, campers can travel all around the world without leaving their Mountain View campus.

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