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Holiday guide and seasonal events around Los Altos

It's that time of the year again – when members of the community come together to create magic in the air.

The Town Crier's guide includes local celebrations – from caroling to a Menorah lighting, tree decorating to visits with Santa, as well as where to find a Christmas tree and ways to give back to the community.

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Thurs., Dec. 20

Caroling in the Hills
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Building at Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Rd.

Tues., Dec. 25

Caroling at the VA Hospital
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Building 101 auditorium at the Palo Alto VA Hospital,3801 Miranda Ave.
Bring holiday cheer to hospitalized veterans by distributing gifts and caroling.
For additional information, contact Tom McCarthy at (650)493-5000, ext. 64353

Tues., Jan. 1

New Years Day Fun Run
9 a.m.
Intersection of Main and State Streets
No registration required for this free, non-competitive 5K (3.1 mile) run, jog or walk. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.


Ongoing Events

Carriage rides through downtown
Dec.9 to Dec. 27
5-9 p.m., weekend nights
$80 for up to four adults and two children
Make reservations at 949-5283

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Now through Dec. 22
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays
Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos
$18 to $32 for tickets


Ways to give back...

Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund
For the 13th consecutive year, the Town Crier has launched its annual Holiday Fund, which supports 20 local nonprofit organizations whose work directly benefits the needy in the community.
Contributions to the Holiday Fund are tax deductible.
There are three ways to give:
• Mail donations payable to Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Attn: Town Crier Holiday Fund) to 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View 94040.
• Call 450-5444 to use a credit card.
• Donate online at www.siliconvalleycf.org/latc-holiday-fund.

Caroling at the VA Hospital
December 25
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Building 101 auditorium at the Palo Alto VA Hospital,3801 Miranda Ave.
Bring holiday cheer to hospitalized veterans by distributing gifts and caroling.
For additional information, contact Tom McCarthy at (650)493-5000, ext. 64353

Courtyard Marriott 8th Annual Toys for Kids Drive
Gift donations will be collected through Dec. 20
Courtyard by Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos, 4320 El Camino Real
Bring in a new unwrapped toy and get a free breakfast. One free breakfast per person per toy ($12.95 value).

10th Annual "Cops That Care" Holiday Gift Giving Program
Help make a local child’s Christmas brighter by donating a new, unwrapped toys and clothing as well as gift cards and cash for this holiday drive. Donations can be brought directly to the Police Department at 1000 Villa St. Checks should be made out to the Mountain View Police Activities League (MVPAL) with "Cops that Care" written in the comment section.

Clothing Drive for Career Closet
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Option 1 Staffing, 4410 El Camino Read, Sute 110, Los Altos
Gently used clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags and accessories are sought for Career Closet, a non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged women occupational and presentation skills.


Where to buy a Christmas tree

26th Annual Los Altos Kiwanis Tree Lot
3:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Lucky’s parking lot at Foothill Expressway and Arboretum Drive, Los Altos
Quality noble fir trees from 2 foot to 12 foot, wreaths, garlands and centerpieces are available. Delivery and tree setup available.

MVLA High School Christmas Tree Lot
4 to 7 p.m. weekdays
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends
Former Blockbuster store, 1035 El Monte Ave., Mtn. View

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