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Mtn. View Community Shuttle offers inaugural rides in January


Courtesy of City of Mountain View
Mountain View’s Community Shuttle officially launches Jan. 9 with routes from Shoreline Boulevard and Pear Avenue to El Camino Hospital and from San Antonio Center to Sylvan Park.

While residents may begin using the Mountain View Community Shuttle as early as Monday, an inaugural ride event is scheduled 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Mountain View Transit Center to officially launch the service.

In addition to the shuttle, attendees will get a preview of the new Mountain View Transportation Management Association’s MVGo commuter shuttle, which will begin service Jan. 12.

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Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier columnist Christine Moore’s holiday drink menu includes her take on the Moscow Mule, the Bucking Reindeer.

Growing up, our dogs were always outside dogs. We lived in the country, which made us outside children. The arrangement worked just fine for canines and kids alike.

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Scenes from holiday happenings


Enjoy a selection of photos from holiday events in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

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City sponsors annual New Year's Day Fun Run


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Participants wait at the start line as someone crosses the race path at last year’s New Year’s Day Fun Run. This year’s event is scheduled 9 a.m. Jan. 1 in downtown Los Altos.

The city of Los Altos’ annual New Year’s Day Fun Run is scheduled 9 a.m. Jan. 1 at the intersection of Main and State streets.

The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race – with laps around Main, State and First streets – is open to all ages and all abilities – “anyone who wants to walk, run, roll or stroll,” said Peggy Ford, recreation supervisor.

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Former symphony executive guilty of tax fraud

carltonThe Santa Clara County District Attorney’s (DA) Office today (Dec. 4) reported that former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton has been found guilty of tax fraud.

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Local retailers see holiday sales surge along with staffing pressure


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Shops like Cover Story received an early Christmas gift with the news that business is booming in downtown Los Altos.

The annual Holiday Stroll shopping event downtown Nov. 14 inspired unusually packed streets as local shoppers turned out in greater numbers than previous years, possibly spurred by the event falling later in the year this year, the mild weather and – some merchants hazarded – publicity in advance of the event.

“The only thing we did differently was a postcard,” said Ellen Biolsi, owner of Cranberry Scoop on State Street, of how organically the Los Altos Village Association-sponsored event has grown.

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After feast comes frolic: Festival of Lights Parade set for Sunday


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The Festival of Lights Parade rolls into downtown Sunday evening.

The 38th annual Festival of Lights Parade, with its floats, bands and costumed characters, is scheduled to light up downtown Los Altos 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets.

This year’s hourlong affair features 59 entries, according to parade volunteer and spokeswoman Nancy Schneider. Entries include 22 floats and marching bands from Los Altos, Mountain View, Homestead, St. Francis and Fremont high schools, among others. Costumed performers from classic fairy tales will be marching along, including new “Alice group cards,” according to Schneider. The popular Snow Queen and her court also will be on hand, waving to the crowd.

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