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Group hopes downtown parties boost foot traffic

It seems these days that everyone – at least those who find it necessary – has an idea for how to put life into downtown Los Altos.

The latest comes from Los Altos Forward, a group of 20-some quasi-activist residents, merchants and business owners who have scheduled their inaugural First Friday Downtown Holiday Party 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2 with hopes of attracting more people downtown.

On tap for the first event is live holiday music along streets, pictures with Santa, train rides and everything else that promotes downtown Los Altos.

The idea is simple, according to Joe Eyre, resident and Los Altos Forward member.

“It’s something fun,” he said, “to socialize, see friends and neighbors and at the same time do a little shopping and dining. … We thought, ‘What the heck – let’s just throw a party and have fun.’”

The group, according to fellow member Kim Cranston, plans to host the downtown soirees as often as the name suggests – the first Friday of every month.

The hopefully bountiful turnout, coupled with several merchants that plan to remain open later than usual for the event, could encourage more businesses to open in town.

“It will kind of act as catalyst to get people downtown,” Eyre said.

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