Let there be Lights: Los Altos’ annual holiday parade is months in the making

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Volunteer Deborah Baker, a member of the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Board, readies a float for the Nov. 30 event. Baker has worked on floats for the past few years with her son’s Boy Scout troop.

Behind every float at Los Altos’ Festival of Lights Parade, there’s a story of Boy Scouts, dust cloths, light design and elf scavenging.

Before dancers flit across Main Street among parade floats Nov. 30, a zealous cadre of volunteers will have spent the year fundraising, shellacking giant gumdrops with glitter sugar and mood lighting a tableau of tree-decorating bears.


The big push: For some local businesses, success during the holidays means months of preparation

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Annie Bennett arranges a “Frozen” holiday display at Adventure Toys & Teachers’ Supplies.

Holiday shopping can be an arduous task - from compiling a list of gift ideas throughout the fall to braving the crush of consumers flooding stores.


Oh, the gifts you will give

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Gift-givers can choose from Pendleton Woolen Mills’ selection of clothing, towels and blankets.

Like giving a good presentation, finding the right holiday gift involves advance planning and knowing your subject.

That’s the only way to make that opening moment go smoothly. Whether you’re sitting in a circle of family members or just one-on-one with your best friend, it’s much more fun if the gift recipient seems happily surprised.


Nutcracker ballet spins into action in Mtn. View

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Jenny Peterson rehearses for her role in the upcoming “Nutcracker” production at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

If any ballet defines the holiday season, it’s "The Nutcracker" - a heartwarming fairy tale about a girl and her doll set on Christmas Eve.


Town Crier Holiday Fund supports those in need

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Recipients of last year’s Town Crier Holiday Fund display their checks. Donations from Town Crier readers assist the local nonprofit organizations in meeting the needs of the area’s underserved.



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