Promoting well-being in bedroom design

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Lauren Edith Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Creating a restful, calm and inviting master bedroom, above and right, can promote both good health and restoration.

Every summer, my family and I spend time at the beach. I love waking up early, grabbing a cup of tea and finding a yoga class outside, breathing in the fresh air.

Creating a resilient bee landscape

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Kim Chacon/Special to the Town Crier
Bees are often taken for granted, but they are critical pollinators.

From a bee’s point of view, the landscape has changed dramatically over the past few hundred years.

Foothill’s permaculture garden transforms space

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Zoe Morgan/Town Crier
Foothill horticulture instructor Frank Niccoli inspects the pomegranates that are growing in the permaculture garden on campus.

Less than two years ago, the space was a dumping ground for old concrete and asphalt. Today the area is packed with a cornucopia of fruit and vegetable plants.

Planning year-round blooms

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Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
In the spring, coral bells enliven shadier areas in the garden.

In our dry summer climate, it’s easy to have a garden that conserves water – bursting into color with the winter rains and then becoming considerably less dramatic as the year progresses. However, there are ecological, as well as aesthetic, reasons to include plants that bloom throughout the year. 

The many lives of a historic Grande Dame of Los Altos

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The two-story shingled Craftsman bungalow at 725 University Ave. is on the city of Los Altos’ list of historic resources. Completed circa 1911, the house still features many original architectural details, including coffered ceilings and divided-light windows.

The lady has good bones. She’s referred to as a “Grande Dame of Los Altos” and with good reason.

The house at 725 University Ave. was built for the Keatinge family and completed in 1911. Since then, a number of families have called the house home. Today, the city of Los Altos designates the house a historic resource of local significance.

Taking a closer look at a healthy garden


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
A lady beetle, the iconic beneficial, patrols a manzanita in early spring, almost blending into the manzanita berries.

The more closely you look at a healthy garden, the more likely you are to notice the plethora of insects and spiders that keep it in balance. Take a close-up picture of a flower, and when you look at the photo on a bigger screen, don’t be surprised if someone you hadn’t noticed is lurking.

A healthy garden needs beneficial insects and spiders to pollinate, control insects that damage plants and aid decomposition. Of the million species of insects, approximately 99% are beneficial or benign.


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