New LED lights illuminate trees in downtown Los Altos

The lights adorning the trees in downtown Los Altos each holiday season will have a new look this year. Energy-efficient LED lights are currently being installed in trees lining Main and State streets and some parking plazas, and will make their official debut during the Los Altos Village Association’s 16th annual Holiday Stroll Friday.

Bierhaus or Drafthaus, litigation against the property owners stands

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Mountain View’s shuttered Bierhaus, located at 383 Castro St., may be replaced by a new establishment, Drafthaus.

Although the popular Mountain View Bierhaus has departed Castro Street, drama surrounds the beer garden as the landlords await approval for a new alcohol beverage license filed under the name Drafthaus.

Los Altos to decide whether downtown statue will permanently "guard" area

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“The Guardian,” which sits on a pedestal outside the Costume Bank on State Street, will be returned to its creator unless the city renews the contract or buys the sculpture.

A public sculpture that has stood guard over downtown Los Altos for longer than most artwork acquired through the city’s art loan program may be shipped back to its creator soon if the city declines to purchase it, according to two members of the Public Arts Commission who reached out to the Town Crier.

The commission selected and installed “The Guardian,” the bronze statue of a fairy-like creature sitting on a pedestal outside the Costume Bank on State Street, in 2013 for its “whimsical” appearance, Commissioner Nancy Ellickson said.

One small step for a corporation, one giant leap for Mountain View

Showplace ICON Theatre
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Showplace ICON Theatre, located at 2575 California St. in Mountain View, opened for business Oct. 4 and celebrated its grand opening Oct. 11. View additional images online at

Everyone is a VIP at Mountain View’s new ShowPlace ICON Theatre on California Street, but now moviegoers 21 years old and up have the option to pay a little extra to feel like they’re attending a movie premiere every night.

IKB president retires after 25 years

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Ilona Lindauer, president of IKB Design & Construction, is set to retire.

Los Altos’ IKB Design & Construction, a Main Street mainstay for more than two decades, will continue operations under new ownership as President Ilona Lindauer prepares to retire.

Annual Fall Festival falls victim to other October celebrations

Los Altos Fall Festival
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Los Altos’ 2017 Fall Festival featured pumpkins, rides, face painting and more.

The annual Los Altos Fall Festival, which has signaled autumn’s arrival as much as the changing leaf colors along Foothill Expressway and the pumpkins lining Main Street storefronts, will not take place this year, largely due to competition from other October festivities.

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