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Ornamental odyssey: Los Altos resident decorates for every occasion

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Los Altos resident and world traveler Linda Clark has a houseful of themed rooms brimming with mementos, including a large collection of Christmas ornaments from all around the globe.

It’s safe to say that Los Altos resident Linda Clark loves holidays. Her attractive mid-century ranch home undergoes several seasonal makeovers each year, with the biggest transformation at Christmas.

A frequent world traveler with her husband, Dean, Clark has visited Africa, Indonesia, the South Pacific, the North Pole, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica, China, the Baltics, South America and more. The couple’s home is decorated with mementos from many of their trips - including fans and masks from Indonesia and South Pacific islands - and a guest bedroom is known as "The Africa Room."

In pursuit of the perfect present, it may not be a gift at all

Downtown Los Altos purveyor Present sells tasteful – and tasty – gift baskets. Its in-shell almonds are a treat. Hila Itzhak’s pottery is a homemade addition to any table, stovetop or shelf.
Left Photo by Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier;

From hand-drawn coupons to a handful of tickets to a local show, shared experiences can beat most presents that fit in a box. For this year’s roundup of holiday gift-giving inspiration, the Town Crier staff searched Los Altos for a gift, a book and an experience fit for every age range. In each instance, we found a local source, story or angle that can add extra meaning to your connection.

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.

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.

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.

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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 (1/25)
  • 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)

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