Last updateTue, 21 Feb 2017 4pm

Costume Bank dresses up for the holidays

The Costume Bank rents holiday costumes such as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer, The Grinch and Christmas trees, and sells accessories including hats, wigs and beards.

In addition to its holiday assortment, The Costume Bank has costumes from different eras and for a variety of characters for themed events and parties – Victorian, Roaring ’20s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, pirates, Renaissance, western and more. Volunteers at the shop can help customers assemble costumes for holiday events.

Bike rack competition open for voting

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Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins and two young visitors admire a downtown bike rack designed by a resident. Voting is open for Los Altos’ second bike rack competition through the end of the month.

Voting is open for Los Altos’ second bike rack competition.

The Public Arts Commission received 33 resident-designed entries and encourages people to vote for up to four of their favorites. The entries are on display through December at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Residents may also vote online at losaltosca.gov/publicartscommission/webform/vote-your-favorite-artistic-bike-rack-design.

Holiday time can be hazardous for animals: Pet Pause

Holiday time presents some situations that can be hazardous to your pet’s health. A little planning and taking extra precautions will keep the holidays a happy time for everyone.

Holiday food favorites can be dangerous for dogs. Fats, gravies and poultry skin can lead to gastrointestinal upset or, worse, pancreatitis. This inflammatory condition of the pancreas often requires hospitalized care and can be fatal.

Community Briefs

LAH collects food for Second Harvest

The town of Los Altos Hills is collecting nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank’s annual food drive through today.

Requested items include meals in cans (like soup), tuna and canned meats, peanut butter, canned food with pop-top lids, low-sugar cereals, single-serving boxes of 100 percent juice and low-sodium canned vegetables.

'Unsung heroes' recognized for volunteerism

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
This year’s volunteer honorees include, from left, Ron Labetich, Roddy Sloss, Gunilla Follett, Jim Abraham, Dave Evans, Carol Starbuck, Bruce Martin, Kathy Bridgman, Gary Hedden and Sue Gale.

While scaling the ladder of life, reach down and help someone less fortunate advance a rung or two.

It’s a commencement speech proverb the late television journalist Tim Russert paraphrased in his 2004 speech to Boston College graduates and the lesson Charles Geschke repeated at the Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Friday.

Town Crier names Coleman 2016 Los Altan of the Year


The Town Crier has named Claudia Coleman, a longtime resident who has held leadership positions at the Los Altos Community and El Camino Hospital foundations, 2016 Los Altan of the Year.

Modeled after Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, the Town Crier’s annual honor recognizes a resident whose volunteer work generates goodwill and forwards Los Altos’ reputation as an outstanding community.

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