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.

Senior team targets keys for a satisfying life: Socializing, exercising mind & body top goals


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Seniors sing carols at the Grant Park holiday party. The Senior Commission aims to expand such programming.

 

Gary Anderson is a former member of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission. Following is his update on local senior services and plans for expanded programming.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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  • Home for the Holidays (11/14)

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