The gift of warmth: Local residents knit and crochet for those in need


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sandy Goldstein and her extensive crew of One Warm Scarf volunteers turn donated yarn into knitted and crocheted items. Her garage provides storage.

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein has long put her talents and energy to use to help those in need. Over the years, she has organized drives for books for a Louisiana library post-Hurricane Katrina and stuffed animals for children in Asia and South America, and trained dogs for Canine Companions for Independence (her own dog "flunked out" of the program, she said). But for the past seven years, she has devoted herself to a singular cause: keeping homeless people warm.

Operation: Care and Comfort: Volunteers package cheer for service members


Courtesy of Operation: Care and Comfort
Service members show off some of the items received in their care packages in 2014. Operation: Care and Comfort and Operation Gratitude are volunteer-run organizations that have shipped millions of boxes to deployed troops.

In the Foothills Congregational Church Parish Hall, volunteers meet to stuff plastic bags with food and hygiene items in makeshift assembly lines. The care packages, topped off with handwritten notes, will go to deployed U.S. military service members in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflict regions.

"I hope (when they receive our packages) they’ll think people back home are thinking of them, and I hope it’ll make their days just a little more cheerful," said Kathryn Spitzer Kim, a volunteer at Foothills Congregational Church’s recent Operation: Care and Comfort (OCC) care package event.

Behind the scenes: Ham radio operators assist at Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade


Courtesy of LAARES
Local ham radio operators work to ensure that all goes well at Los Altos’ annual Festival of Lights Parade.

For more than a decade, the Festival of Lights Parade has relied on a crew of ham radio operators working in the background to help the Los Altos Police Department and event organizers keep things running smoothly.

Los Altos Amateur Radio Emergency Service (LAARES) intends to continue that tradition at this year’s event, scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in downtown Los Altos.

Up with the roosters: Pre-dawn Masses celebrate Advent


Mary Larsen/Town Crier
Early arrivals at Mountain View’s St. Joseph Parish await the start of a pre-dawn Mass last Dec. 24.

It’s 5:30 a.m. Most people are home asleep or brewing coffee or perhaps starting their commute. Others are in church.

Seasonal splendor: Cauliflower crowns a holiday meal


Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Cauliflower “steaks” make a colorful and healthful seasonal dish.

As the low-carb lifestyle continues to grow in popularity, cauliflower has become the superstar vegetable of the culinary movement, morphing into cauliflower rice, pureed as a replacement for mashed potatoes and even incorporated in pizza crusts.

Winter 2019: Performances for your holiday calendar

Catherine McGrathAlvaro Ponce/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High School Senior Catherine McGrath danced the Snow Queen in the Nutcrack last year and will embody the Sugar Plum Fairy this year.

From music and dance performances to tree-lighting ceremonies, family-friendly entertainment options abound during the holiday season. Following are a few highlights.


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