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A feast for families: Seasonal events brighten fall and winter seasons

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A flurry of family-friendly events await local residents - from concerts to plays, trick-or-treating and holiday tree lightings. A list of what’s happening when and where follows.

Mountain View Farmers’ Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays

Caltrain Station, 600 W. Evelyn Ave.

The award-winning farmers’ market features 80 farmers and food purveyors selling a variety of seasonal produce, baked goods, fresh flowers and more. Parking is available along Hope and Bryant streets and on West Evelyn Avenue.

For more information, visit cafarmers- mkts.com/mountain-view-farmers-market.

Los Altos Farmers’ Market

4-8 p.m. Sept. 27

State Street

The Los Altos Village Association hosts its final farmers’ market of the year Sept. 27, featuring local produce, flowers, baked goods, prepared foods, live music and more.

For more information, visit cafarmers- mkts.com/los-altos-farmers-market.

Go Goats

3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Nov. 3

Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

"Go Goats!" participants can feed goats dinner, milk a mother goat and learn goat facts. Children ages 5 and up are eligible to attend; a paying adult must accompany all attendees under the age of 12. Tickets are $30.

For more information, visit hiddenvilla.org.

Ye Olde Towne Band

1:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 30

Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos

The old-fashioned band hosts a free park concert fea-

turing a variety of music, ranging from rousing marches to popular musicals, all under the baton of John DeLoach, who has served as conductor of Ye Olde Towne Band since 2004. Attendees can pack a picnic or use the park’s barbecues. A playground is available for young children.

For more information, visit windband.org/oldtowne.

TheatreWorks’ Fun Home

2, 7, 7:30 and/or 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays Oct. 3-28

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage, 500 Castro St.

Based on the memoir of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home" explores the author’s youth in a loving, dysfunctional family whose secrets of sexuality echo her own. The Tony Award-winning musical - with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron - includes mature language. Tickets are $45-$105 general admission, with discounts available for seniors, students, educators and children.

For more information, visit mvcpa.com.

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s The Frog Prince

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

The 45-minute adaption of the fairy tale - in which a princess meets a slimy prince frog - stars puppets. Tickets are $12 general admission, with discounts for large groups. Additional school shows are scheduled 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

For more information, visit mvcpa.com.

Big Buzz about Bees

2-3 p.m. Oct. 6 and 13

Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

The interactive class enables children (with a guardian) to touch the parts of and look inside a working beehive, learn about beekeepers and taste local honey. Tickets are $25 for an adult with the first child, and $10 for each subsequent attendee.

For more information, visit hiddenvilla.org.

Little Pumpkin Party

1-4 p.m. Oct. 20

Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

Families can visit an old-fashioned pumpkin patch. Activities include picking pumpkins, watching apple cider being made, plumping up scarecrows and meeting the Autumn Garden Fairy. Attendance is limited to 50 families. Tickets are $15 per person.

For more information, visit hiddenvilla.org.

Trick-or-Treat and Tour Town Hall

2-4 p.m. Oct. 26

Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road

Children of all ages can trick-or-treat in Halloween costumes and tour the town hall offices and chambers, Heritage House and Parks and Recreation building. Tours and trick-or-treating are conducted every 30 minutes.

For more information, call 947-2506 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Halloween Party

6:15-9:45 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27

Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

Attendees can take a 45-minute guided Halloween trail tour, collecting treats along the way. The party includes hot cider and a magician. Three tours are available: 6:30-8:30 p.m., 6:45-8:45 p.m. and 7:15-9 p.m. Tickets are $25; children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information, visit hiddenvilla.org.

Trick-or-Treat Downtown

1-6 p.m. Oct. 27

Mountain View

Children ages 12 and under can participate in Halloween festivities in costume, including games and crafts, 1-3 p.m. in Pioneer Park, and then trick-or-treat at participating businesses 3-6 p.m.

For more information, visit mountainviewdowntown.com/event.

Pumpkin Carving with a Cop

3-5 p.m. Oct. 27

Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road

Bring pumpkins to carve with Los Altos police officers. The officers work alongside attendees and answer questions. Admission is free; carving tools and refreshments are provided.

For more information, visit the calendar page at losaltosca.gov.

Halloween Spooktacular

Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31

Downtown Los Altos

Children can trick-or-treat at stores in downtown Los Altos that display an orange pumpkin. The event also features crafts, games and balloon art from 2-4 p.m. at Veterans Community Plaza. Attendees must bring their own treat bags.

For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

Holiday Stroll

5-9 p.m. Nov. 9

Downtown Los Altos

Attendees can view the illuminated trees, shop and stroll the streets filled with carolers. Free carriage rides are available, in addition to holiday music at Veterans Community Plaza.

For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

Los Altos Has Talent

6 p.m. Nov. 9

Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road

Sixth- through 12th-graders are scheduled to perform at the "Los Altos Has Talent: Teen Talent Show."

For more information, visit the calendar page at losaltosca.gov.

Roald Dahl’s 'Willy Wonka’

2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1 p.m. Nov. 18

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage, 500 Castro St.

Featuring songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, the musical embarks on a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory along with Charlie Bucket and other golden-ticket winners. Tickets are $26 general admission, with discounts available for large groups, seniors, students and children.

For more information, visit mvcpa.com.

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

6 p.m. Nov. 25

Downtown

Now in its 41st year, the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade attracts a crowd of all ages to Main and State streets for a display of illuminated floats, marching bands and costumed characters.

For more information, visit losaltosparade.org.

Los Altos Stage Company’s Into the Woods

3 and 8 p.m. performances Nov. 29 through Dec. 23

Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical, which intertwines fairy tales including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Cinderella," asks the question: "What happens after 'happily ever after’?" The show won multiple Tony Awards and was adapted for the movie screen. Tickets are $20-$30.

For more information, visit losaltosstage.org.

Los Altos Holiday Tree Lighting

6-8 p.m. Nov. 30

Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets

The event features live holiday music and a visit from Santa before the Los Altos Village Association illuminates Veterans Community Plaza with the city’s official tree lighting at approximately 7 p.m.

For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

Mountain View Holiday Open House

6-8 p.m. December (date TBA)

Downtown

Sponsored by the Central Business Association, the Mountain View Holiday Open House promotes shopping and dining at participating downtown businesses. The Madrigals, the Mountain View High School choir, perform carols along Castro Street.

For more information, call 964-3395 or visit mountainviewdowntown.com/event.

Holiday Barn Lighting

2-5 p.m. Dec. 2

Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills

Attendees can sample cookies and hot cider, partake in wine tasting, play seasonal games, make crafts, have their faces painted, pose for photos with Santa, ride a pony and visit a petting zoo. Local student groups perform traditional carols and holiday music. The barn is scheduled to light up at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 947-2518 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Tree Lighting Celebration

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 3

Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View

The event features live holiday music, refreshments and seasonal lights. Children can take photos with Santa. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food for Community Services Agency.

For more information, call 903-6331.

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s The Elves and the Shoemaker

7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11:30 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

The adaptation of the classic folk tale follows two elves who help a poor shoemaker in an effort to change his luck. The performance is approximately 45 minutes long. Tickets are $12.

For more information, visit mvcpa.com.

An Irish Christmas

7 p.m. Dec. 20

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage, 500 Castro St.

Award-winning Irish dancers Caterina Coyne, Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider lead the audience through Christmas in Ireland, with dancing, singing and traditional Irish music. Tickets are $35-$60, with $25 tickets available for students.

For more information, visit mvcpa.com.

Caroling in the Hills

7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 20

Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road

The gathering starts with drinks and treats, after which carolers travel to Los Altos Hills neighborhoods to sing. Children, adults and members of surrounding communities are invited to participate. Carolers are advised to wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight. In case of inclement weather, caroling will be held at town hall only.

For more information, call 948-6455 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. r

- Compiled by Christina Cheng

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