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For Assyrians, Christmas means family and food

Courtesy of Margaret Petros
Los Altos resident Margaret Petros, far right, and her family brought their Iraqi Christmas traditions here.

For Los Altos’ Assyrians, many of whom are oceans away from where they grew up, Christmas is a chance to remember where they came from. There are an estimated 10,000 Assyrians in the South Bay, one of the largest groupings of the Middle Eastern Christian community in North America. Many moved here from Iraq, Iran or Syria at a young age, and Christmas in California, for them, means a taste of home.

Margaret Petros spent her first American Christmas in the Chicago suburbs. It was a frigid holiday and a true white Christmas, but it was nothing like home.

Teens offer holiday shopping advice

Yolanda Spura/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior Camille Carp, above, browses items at Cook’s Junction in downtown Los Altos. Teens and parents alike often enjoy gifts that are creative and decorative, like the shop’s packaged soaps.

The onset of winter brings cool weather, rain (hopefully), the holiday season and consequently the pressure that comes with gift giving. For teens in particular, buying gifts can be a struggle.

Holidays in the heat: Commemorate Christmas south of the equator

Courtesy of Camping
Patrons of Camping, a restaurant in Buenos Aires, enjoy the warm weather during last year’s holiday season.

When I relocated from Mountain View to Buenos Aires in July, I knew I’d be stepping into winter. I packed my rain boots and heavy coat, and I set aside my longing for a poolside gin and tonic.

But summer in December? I’m still not prepared - and I’m not alone.

Standing out in Los Altos Hills: Fresh produce venture enables residents to share homegrown food

courtesy of Scott Vanderlip
Regular Community Farm Stand contributors, from left, Steve Batliner, Melanie Moyer, Will Hartley, Andrew Hartley, Lee Hartley and Tyler Hartley showcase the items for sale – and some offered at no charge – in a photo taken during fall a few years ago.

In this era - and area - of high-technology and fast-paced living, there’s something both refreshing and comforting about an old-fashioned farm stand.

Tucked into the trees on Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, the rustic wooden stand is a little hard to find at first, but once discovered it’s irresistible.

Los Altos visual scavenger hunt: How well do you know your downtown?

Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

You may work in downtown Los Altos. You may even be among the lucky few who live in downtown Los Altos. But how well do you really know the downtown triangle formed by Foothill Expressway, San Antonio Road and Edith Avenue?

Maybe you routinely admire the ubiquitous succulent arrangements. Perhaps you’ve posed for a selfie with one of the many public art installations. Here’s betting, however, that there are plenty of downtown Los Altos nooks and crannies - and maybe even a few businesses - you didn’t know existed.

Local teen centers provide safe environments for youth

Gina Kermode/Special to the town crier
Local students socialize during a Los Altos Youth Center dance at The Underground earlier this year.

Los Altos and Mountain View city officials sought a way to keep teens off the streets and safe. They’ve achieved that by opening teen centers - The Underground in Los Altos and The View in Mountain View.

The centers offer adolescents a safe place for fun, fitness and study. Both provide a free space for teens to hang out after school and on weekends.

Outsmarting the drought: Yards benefit from rainwater, greywater and sustainable landscaping

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Hills resident Kit Gordon captures rainwater in several barrels for refilling the natural pond on her property. Using rainwater keeps chloramine out of the pond.


More than 50 years ago, my aunt in New Jersey had a wooden rain barrel under her downspout. When we took a walk in her garden, she’d fill her watering can and water selected plants. It made sense to collect the "free" water that fell on the roof.

SpecialtyMagazines advertise


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 (1/25)
  • Family Spotlight (2/22)
  • Living in Los Altos (3/29 & 9/27)
  • Home & Garden (4/26 & 8/30)
  • Senior Lifestyles (5/24)
  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (7/04)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/15)

To advertise, contact our sales department by calling (650) 948-9000 or email sales@latc.com.

To offer submissions to editorial, contact editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com.

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