Fine-feathered friends: Local bird-watching opportunities abound

Avian species visible at Shoreline Park include American white pelicans, center, and, clockwise from top left, Anna’s hummingbirds, black-necked stilts, song sparrows and Canada geese.
Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier and Kira gunderson

Early on a recent Saturday morning at Mountain View’s Shoreline Park, bird-watchers were scattered along the marshy shores. Equipped with binoculars and/or cameras, the dedicated regulars were rewarded with the sight of an unusually large gathering of American avocets.

Among the birders was Yelena Fleytman, who has been birding for approximately five years. Shoreline, a 750-acre wildlife and recreation area, is one of Fleytman’s favorite places to bird-watch. She regularly sees willets, Foster’s terns, Caspian terns, black-necked stilts, snowy egrets, great white egrets and herons when she visits.

Comeback king: Farm-stand operator seeks to break new ground

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Craig Murray, standing in his personal Los Altos Hills garden, offers up one of the tomatoes he’s famous for.

When it comes to growing flavorful, organic produce, Craig Murray’s a bit of a local rock star.

His Los Altos Hills farm stand, The Garden, offered 14 varieties of eggplants, 50 varieties of tomatoes and 90 varieties of peppers and chilies in its heyday. The sale of the property may have placed The Garden on an impromptu hiatus, but Murray’s loyal fan base is helping him stage a comeback.

Mark your calendar: Fall and winter fun for families awaits

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The Los Altos Village Association’s Halloween Spooktacular features trick-or-treating at participating downtown stores.

As the fall and holiday seasons approach, the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View have scheduled an array of events over the next few months.


How to tell your story: Grandparents find tools to build, deepen connection to kin

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Los Altos resident Enid Davis honed her storytelling skills as a children’s librarian and a grandmother. She teaches local seniors to confidently share beloved stories, with a minimum of memorization required.

The elder storyteller has an image - village rememberer, family entertainer, perhaps even the picture book "quiet old lady, whispering, Hush." The idea of storytelling is simple - sharing a narrative without the benefit of notes.

But tale-tellers are often made, not born. When grandchildren finally arrive on the scene, making good on the role requires, for many people, a little initial help.

At home in the world: Globetrotting seniors bring expertise to the classroom

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Local seniors with a wealth of experience and years lived abroad gather weekly to discuss foreign affairs and current events.

The morning after the United States launched a missile strike on a Syrian airbase, only hours after Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court, nearly 30 Los Altos seniors packed a classroom at Hillview Community Center.

The Foreign Affairs class had not yet begun, but the room was alive with chatter: Did you hear about the terror attack in Sweden? What will the filibuster-killing "nuclear option" mean for the future of Senate collegiality?

Hop aboard the love train

I think you and I have discussed poetry contests before. As you’ll recall, the really good stuff (ahem!) never wins - the judges are always young English professors who think blank verse or haiku is au courant. And there I stand, wistfully clutching my verses that rhyme and have meter.

Such was the case when, some years ago, Caltrain sponsored a poetry contest linked to Valentine’s Day. The rules: 100 words, love, trains. I could do that, and I did.

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