To-do list for holiday fun

Filoli at night
Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

Although the pandemic has canceled many travel plans and events for the holidays, a variety of local activities are still on the calendar, some virtual and others in person but socially distanced. A rundown of holiday events follows.

Sweet memories: The cookie that soothes the tummy

Anise Cookies
Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Anise sesame cookies are crumbly, nutty and tender to the bite.

The holidays can be a frenetic mix of stress and festivities, where mounting bills, social obligations and long lines intermix with family gatherings, spiritual activities and sparkling lights.

Home baking adapts for holidays spent at a distance

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Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
A special 100% whole wheat chocolate chip recipe – easy for bakers of all ages to deftly whip up – comes as a gift to readers from Mountain View's The Midwife and the Baker

The flavors and ingredients of the Bay Area holiday season reflect who we are – cooking with mochi flour from the pantry or with pomegranates from a neighbor’s yard. Whether your family specialty features mung beans, dulce de leche or a hearty glug of coffee liqueur, you’re probably making your foods for an altered audience this year.

Gifts that give back: Los Altos shopping from the heart

Adventure Toys
Olivia Treynor/Town Crier
Picking gifts at local stores such as Adventure Toys on Main Street makes a double gift of your endeavor.

Anything you buy from a local merchant is a gift to the shop owner, the employees and the economy.

Manufacturers of some items are specific in their benefits, donating a portion of proceeds to a selected charity or cause. In those cases, you are essentially giving a triple gift – to the merchant, the charity and your gift recipient.

Ask a Designer: Indoor, outdoor upgrades

Courtesy of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens
As the shelter-in-place orders continue, some homeowners may consider creating a nicer outdoor living space and kitchen.

Q: A leak was just discovered behind a wall in our shower. We’ll have to remove the tile to repair it. What are some of the newer options for people who are remodeling a shower?

Native Plants: Garden visits go virtual

Courtesy of Dennis Cater
Growing the California Dutchman’s Pipe on a trellis against a fence
highlights the interesting flowers in this Los Altos garden.

In the native garden, summer and early fall are a good time to assess your existing plantings and figure out what to do once the rainy season begins. If you are planning a new garden, this is the time to look for ideas and source plants.

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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 (1/29)
  • Family Spotlight (2/26)
  • Living in Los Altos (3/25 & 9/30)
  • Home & Garden (4/29 & 8/26)
  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (7/8)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/18)

To advertise, contact our sales department by calling (650) 948-9000 or email [email protected].

To offer submissions to editorial, contact editor Bruce Barton at [email protected].

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