Just what they wanted: Los Altos businesses offer ideas for unique and useful presents

A vintage typewriter from Los Altos Typewriter & Business Machines might spark creativity in the writer on your gift list.

Whether your family, friends and business associates are easy to shop for or notoriously difficult, neighborhood stores are brimming with possibilities. Following are a few holiday gift-giving ideas from Los Altos shops.

Earth’s rotation provides an ever-changing light show this winter

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Orion is among the many constellations that light up the winter skies.

As winter arrives, so will a variety of new constellations in the night sky visible from Los Altos.

Holiday happenings herald family fun

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Santa joins the crowd for the annual Holiday Barn Lighting at Westwind Community Barn in Los Altos Hills.

Following is a roundup of local family-friendly events scheduled during the holiday season. From annual tree-lighting ceremonies to caroling and concerts, opportunities abound to catch the spirit of the season.

'All are welcome' moms group celebrates families helping families

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Stephanie Braun, from left, Adam Braun and Marty Braun of Mountain View and Michelle Evans, Chloe Knapp and Kevin Knapp of Sunnyvale swing at a recent Las Madres gathering at Marymeade Park in Los Altos.

A parent is born at the same time as her first child, and remade again upon the arrival of a second.

Her relationship to place changes, too. Wandering down the pavement feels different at toddler speed, and local park proximity jumps from mildly relevant to crucially calculated in minute-by-minute drive time.

Fine-feathered friends: Local bird-watching opportunities abound

Avian species visible at Shoreline Park include American white pelicans, center, and, clockwise from top left, Anna’s hummingbirds, black-necked stilts, song sparrows and Canada geese.
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Early on a recent Saturday morning at Mountain View’s Shoreline Park, bird-watchers were scattered along the marshy shores. Equipped with binoculars and/or cameras, the dedicated regulars were rewarded with the sight of an unusually large gathering of American avocets.

Among the birders was Yelena Fleytman, who has been birding for approximately five years. Shoreline, a 750-acre wildlife and recreation area, is one of Fleytman’s favorite places to bird-watch. She regularly sees willets, Foster’s terns, Caspian terns, black-necked stilts, snowy egrets, great white egrets and herons when she visits.

Comeback king: Farm-stand operator seeks to break new ground

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Craig Murray, standing in his personal Los Altos Hills garden, offers up one of the tomatoes he’s famous for.

When it comes to growing flavorful, organic produce, Craig Murray’s a bit of a local rock star.

His Los Altos Hills farm stand, The Garden, offered 14 varieties of eggplants, 50 varieties of tomatoes and 90 varieties of peppers and chilies in its heyday. The sale of the property may have placed The Garden on an impromptu hiatus, but Murray’s loyal fan base is helping him stage a comeback.

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The Town Crier publishes six different glossy magazines throughout the year that are inserted into the newspaper.

You can view the latest magazine as a PDF here or explore our archive of past issues. 


Our magazines include:

  • Camps (1/31)
  • Family Spotlight (2/28)
  • Living in Los Altos (3/28 & 9/26)
  • Home & Garden (4/25 & 8/29)
  • Senior Lifestyles (5/23)
  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (7/11)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/14)

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