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Los Altos visual scavenger hunt: How well do you know your downtown?

Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

You may work in downtown Los Altos. You may even be among the lucky few who live in downtown Los Altos. But how well do you really know the downtown triangle formed by Foothill Expressway, San Antonio Road and Edith Avenue?

Maybe you routinely admire the ubiquitous succulent arrangements. Perhaps you’ve posed for a selfie with one of the many public art installations. Here’s betting, however, that there are plenty of downtown Los Altos nooks and crannies - and maybe even a few businesses - you didn’t know existed.

Local teen centers provide safe environments for youth

Gina Kermode/Special to the town crier
Local students socialize during a Los Altos Youth Center dance at The Underground earlier this year.

Los Altos and Mountain View city officials sought a way to keep teens off the streets and safe. They’ve achieved that by opening teen centers - The Underground in Los Altos and The View in Mountain View.

The centers offer adolescents a safe place for fun, fitness and study. Both provide a free space for teens to hang out after school and on weekends.

Outsmarting the drought: Yards benefit from rainwater, greywater and sustainable landscaping

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Hills resident Kit Gordon captures rainwater in several barrels for refilling the natural pond on her property. Using rainwater keeps chloramine out of the pond.


More than 50 years ago, my aunt in New Jersey had a wooden rain barrel under her downspout. When we took a walk in her garden, she’d fill her watering can and water selected plants. It made sense to collect the "free" water that fell on the roof.

Local downtowns offer a variety of events and activities in fall and winter

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A family walks through the Children's Alley at last year's Los Altos Fall Festival. This year's event, located in the South Parking Plazas between First Street and San Antonio Road, is scheduled Oct. 1 and 2.

As the new school year brings busy times for parents and students alike, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View offer a variety of relaxing activities ideal for family outings. Following is a roundup of upcoming events.

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Vineyard views: Los Altos Hills family transforms showcase property into Chateau d'Hitz

Megan V. Winslow/Town crier
Los Altos Hills residents Nancy and Jerre Hitz own a 1930s adobe home that boasts views of the San Francisco Bay. The 12-acre property houses a working vineyard and winery.

The view from the Los Altos Hills home of Nancy and Jerre Hitz is a head-turner.

The San Francisco Bay and its surroundings are framed by the front windows of their California Mission-style home. On either side are ancient oaks, rock-lined paths and native vegetation. And in back, a vineyard, winery and undulating hills transport visitors to Tuscany.

Kuzak’s Closet: Playroom organization can help curb toy takeover

Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Sorting and organizing toys into a functional space can reduce clutter and chaos in a playroom.

All of my clients struggle with space - they either have too much of it or not enough.

Size, shape, color: How to select which types tomatoes to grow

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Ananas Noire, right, is a beautiful and tasty bi- or tricolor tomato. Also pictured are Purple Calabash, left, and Carmello, center.

The last week of August to the first week of September is the peak of the tomato-growing season in the Bay Area, according to Cynthia Sandberg, owner of Love Apple Farms in Santa Cruz.

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The Town Crier publishes six different glossy magazines throughout the year that are inserted into the newspaper.

You can view the latest magazine as a PDF here or explore our archive of past issues. 


Our magazines include:

  • Camps (1/25)
  • Family Spotlight (2/22)
  • Living in Los Altos (3/29 & 9/27)
  • Home & Garden (4/26 & 8/30)
  • Senior Lifestyles (5/24)
  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (7/04)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/15)

To advertise, contact our sales department by calling (650) 948-9000 or email sales@latc.com.

To offer submissions to editorial, contact editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com.

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