First Friday

New First Friday band Voluntary Hazing, above, will be playing at Veterans Community Plaza Friday. 

Organizers of September’s First Friday event in downtown Los Altos encourage visitors to “frolic” with the collection of decorated fiberglass bears along Main and State streets.

This month’s festivities, featuring 14 bands performing live – including newcomer Voluntary Hazing playing at Veterans Community Plaza – and promotions from local businesses, are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos sponsored the bears project as a fundraiser. The club plans to auction off the bears in October.

First Friday co-chairperson Jamie Lucia, owner of Los Altos Community and Animal Chiropractic, urges attendees to get an up-close view of the bears.

“The artist-created bears are our friends,” she said.

Nature Galley owner Carol Garsten, co-chairperson of First Friday, added that “the bears are super fun to pose with.” “Nanuk, the Polar Bear,” created by Barbara Bussler, sits outside Nature Gallery at the corner of State and Second streets.

“She could find her new home in your beautiful garden if you are the highest bidder,” Garsten said of Nanuk.

Interested visitors can use the QR code posted at every bear location or place bids at

“While you wander around checking out the 14 bands playing outdoors in downtown Los Altos on First Friday, don’t forget to post a picture with your favorite bear on social media to help spread the word for a good cause,” said Carol Dabb, leader of the Rotary bears campaign.

For more information, including the band lineup, visit