Winter 2019: Performances for your holiday calendar

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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.

Bonding on the block: Residents of Ben Roe gather Friday nights for ‘Curbside Cocktails’

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Anna Iannacone, far left, helps Radha Kanekal, far right, serve Chris Iannacone, in black, and Ajay Lohitsa, in red, as David Head watches during an Aug. 16 Ben Roe Drive block party.

In an era and area where people often seem too busy to know others in their community, there is a street of residents in south Los Altos who have crossed the white picket fence divide between neighbors. 

A ‘Warrior’ for animals: MV resident nears 40 years with PA Animal Control

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Animal control officer William Warrior poses with a dog statue near the Los Altos Police Department

To sum up his nearly four-decade career as an animal control officer, William Warrior turned to poet W.B. Yeats.

Citing Yeats’ “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death,” Warrior said that a “lonely impulse of delight” drove him to “this tumult in the streets” – playing on the actual poem, which reads “this tumult in the clouds.” 

Fitness with friends: Finding community at the local gym

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Members of the El Camino YMCA on Grant Road in Mountain View take part in a spin class.

When Spa of Los Altos (formerly Lydia Young’s Health Spa) closed nearly a decade ago to make way for the Packard Foundation’s new digs, members scattered. Many had belonged to the women-only club for decades; they lost a convenient place to work out as well as a sense of community. Gathering for yoga or step classes, chatting on the treadmills or simply lounging in the Jacuzzi, the women had formed friendships while getting fit or soothing their aching muscles. 

Fall events

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Children race toward a bowl of treats during a past Halloween Spooktacular in downtown Los Altos. This year’s event is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

Fall is full of local events – from plays to concerts. A rundown of what’s happening when and where follows. 

Magic mural: Los Altos house manifests family’s love of nature

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Jeremy Minshull’s brother, Jonathan Minshull, above, painted an elaborate mural on the façade of Jeremy and Caroline Horn’s Los Altos home.

The neighbors call it a magic house. And, in a way, it is. A recently painted mural on the facade of this Los Altos home makes it virtually disappear.

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