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State Street sees comings, goings

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Kilgoris Project’s Marketplace opens Thursday at 252 State St. in downtown Los Altos.

The dramatic roll-front retail space at 252 State St. in downtown Los Altos will soon transform into a holiday boutique – for four days, at least.

Kilgoris Project’s Marketplace is scheduled to return Thursday as a pop-up shop featuring items from throughout the world.


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Volunteers sought for tax-prep program

Betty T. Yee, state controller and Franchise Tax Board chairwoman, last week urged Californians to become certified to help low-income people file tax returns for free as part of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

According to the FTB, the program will be particularly important next year when California rolls out its version of the Earned Income Tax Credit, designed to boost the income of low-earning households.


LAVA hosts Spooktacular, Holiday Stroll

The Los Altos Village Association has scheduled the following fall events.

• Halloween Spooktacular, noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. Hosted by LAVA since 1963, the annual downtown tradition includes trick-or-treating at participating businesses, and, from 2-4 p.m., games, face painting, balloon art and crafts.


FTB offers tips as tax deadline nears

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Taxpayers can opt to e-file.

The deadline for filing 2014 state personal income-tax returns to avoid penalties is Thursday.

Californians file more than 16 million personal income-tax returns annually, according to the Franchise Tax Board, with more than 1.5 million taxpayers taking advantage of the state’s automatic six-month filing extension.


Workshops highlight Google search, maps

In partnership with Google Inc., the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the Los Altos Village Association and the city of Los Altos have scheduled three hour-long workshops, “Get Found on Google Search and Maps,” for businesses aiming to develop their digital presence on Google and Yelp.

Workshops are scheduled noon to 1 p.m. today (RSVP at, 6-7 p.m. Oct. 21 (RSVP at and 8-9 a.m. Oct. 27 (RSVP at at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.


Old Port Lobster Shack coming to Los Altos

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The Colonnade apartment community near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real will soon feature Old Port Lobster Shack.

Seafood restaurant Old Port Lobster Shack is slated to open early next year in a corner retail space near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real in Los Altos.

The restaurant, which has three other locations in the Bay Area, serves New England-style seafood and is perhaps best known for its lobster rolls.


Library hosts financial workshops

The Los Altos Library and the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley have scheduled a series of free financial workshops. All workshops are slated 2 p.m. in the Program Room of the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

• Oct. 26: “Choosing the Right Long-Term Care Option.” Professionals will discuss the differences between nursing homes and assisted living and advise how to prepare for the cost and care burden.


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