Couple spreads holiday cheer with Christmas tree deliveries

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Nick and Melissa French are busy this holiday season delivering Christmas trees to neighbors in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

A young Los Altos couple is spreading the holiday spirit by delivering preordered, pre-lit Christmas trees to neighborhoods in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Nick and Melissa French persevered against the rain last week to set up trees on the front lawns of homes throughout Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.


Downtown event aims to boost schools, merchants – and new app

Courtesy of Elissa Hull
Shopping, anyone? Elissa Hull of Los Altos is out to help merchants and schools with her upcoming “Favorite Things of Los Altos” fundraiser.

Elissa Hull has organized a fundraiser for local schools that she hopes will spread the word about her new social app as well as promote shopping in downtown Los Altos.

Hull’s “Favorite Things of Los Altos,” scheduled 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10, involves nine local retailers and restaurants offering extended shopping hours. Ten percent of all sales will benefit the schools of shoppers’ choice.


Temple Grandin offers firsthand perspective on autism

Courtesy of Kathryn Tomaino
Temple Grandin addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 18. Grandin’s life and achievements are chronicled in the award-winning 2010 HBO movie “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes.

Professor and autism activist Temple Grandin, Ph.D., addressed the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 18, shedding light on children with autism in her presentation “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s.”

Grandin has autism, as do many famous and accomplished people. While she wouldn’t label living persons, she cited Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla and Orson Welles.


Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild displays work at LA library

The Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild has scheduled a free exhibition of its modern quilts during December at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

According to guild members, modern quilting is a fresh approach to quilting that reflects each quilter’s personality and personal style.


Brian's Restaurant hosts Breakfast with Santa event

The annual Breakfast with Santa event is scheduled 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at Brian’s Restaurant at Rancho Shopping Center, intersection of Springer Road and Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.

Children can meet St. Nick as they enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, and a beverage. Breakfast for parents will include eggs, fruit, toast, bacon or sausage, and a beverage. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for photos with Santa.


Pet allergies can prove expensive: Pet Pause

Few problems can be as frustrating for pet owners (and veterinarians) to deal with as allergies.


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