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.

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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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.” 

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Our magazines include:

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  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (9/22)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/17)

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