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."

Local downtowns offer a variety of events and activities in fall and winter

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A family walks through the Children's Alley at last year's Los Altos Fall Festival. This year's event, located in the South Parking Plazas between First Street and San Antonio Road, is scheduled Oct. 1 and 2.

As the new school year brings busy times for parents and students alike, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View offer a variety of relaxing activities ideal for family outings. Following is a roundup of upcoming events.

First Fridays

6-8 p.m. the first Friday of every month

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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