May 2nd, 2014

Every First Friday you can…

  • Visit participating shops and galleries for discounts, free gifts with purchases or other in-store specials
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments and treats
  • Listen to live performances at various locations in downtown

If you are interested in being a performer this month please contact Jamie Lucia.

Get excited for this month’s entertainment!

37th Parallel (Chase Bank, 199 Main Street)

37th Parallel is a rock band based out of the San Francisco Bay Area in Mountain View, California. While playing at different locations around the South Bay they keep the music of previous generations alive by covering bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Cheap Trick and many others. 37th Parallel is currently writing an album and are performing their newest material at almost all of their gigs. They also keep a Facebook page, Twitter, and YouTube Channel up and running so check it out!

Foggy Memory Band (Linden Tree, 265 State Street)

The Foggy Memory Band grew out of mutual interest in bluegrass music. Founder, Jon Cross of Saratoga, started casual get togethers of his amateur musician friends to play for fun in his home. The number of members grew to eight regulars and occasional guests. New members brought in their favorite songs and the repertoire expanded to the point that no one could remember all of the material; hence The Foggy Memory Band got its name. They perform a variety of bluegrass, country, folk, and Americana in a casual acoustic style.

Fully Funded (Costume Bank, 169 State Street)

Fully-Funded is a frequent performer for First Friday. They are a cover band that plays a wide selection of music across many genres including classic rock, 70s, disco, jazz, and pop music. All of the members live in Los Altos. The band plays monthly at local Los Altos establishments like Maltby’s and First & Main, as well as private parties and corporate events.

Larry & Carla (Know Knew Books, 366 State Street)

Two handbell musicians – formerly too many miles apart, but now together! They met on the online Handbell Community in 2007… and on Facebook in 2009. Larry was in California, and Carla was 6,000 miles away, in England. After far too many months in a long-distance relationship, their K-1 visa was granted in May 2012 and they were wed in that September. Check out their rendition of an Arabian Dance.

Lingonberry Aires (First and Main Street)

Comprised of a vocalist-guitarist, guitarist-bassist, trumpeter, clarinetist-trombonist, and drummer, The Lingonberry Aires play a mix of jazz standards and more recent pop tunes that will delight those who love the American songbook and its eclectic offspring

The Sunday Seven (Boulanger, 301 State Street)

The “Sunday Seven” have been playing music together for 5 years and consists of members of 4 accordions, 1 tuba, 1 percussionist, and sometimes a clarinet and recorder. All of the musicians are members of the Silicon Valley Accordion Society. They play for Italian Festivals, Octoberfests, Holiday festivities, and also entertain at the Silicon Valley Accordion Society several times each year. The Sunday Seven mostly perform polkas, waltzes, German and Italian music, as well as some popular music. They love playing music together and have fun entertaining others.

 Check out this month’s promotions!

 MAIN STREET

Adventure Toys: Game location and new summer games and toys
Aldo’s: dinner specials
Apricot Lane: Game location, 20 percent off storewide sale
Boulanger: Music, open late
Build it Again with Bricks: Music, weekend trade for kids, open house
Cafe Nur: dinner specials
Chico’s: 25 percent off storewide sale
Discovery Shop: open late, new sale merchandise
Ecofash: new merchandise, dot sale
Estatements: Game location and super gifts for mom
Footwear Etc: Game location, refreshments, and new summer merchandise
Gallery 9: refreshments and beautiful new exhibits
Gourmet Works: Game location, candy workshop for the kids
Kids Only: storewide sale and great birthday gift ideas
Lulu’s: Happy Hour
Maria’s Antiques: refreshments and select sale items
Miyo: open late
Olivia Boutique: storewide sale
On Your Mark: Game location, spring merchandise on sale, refreshments
Opa: dinner specials
Pendleton: new merchandise, 20 to 40 percent off selected merchandise
Peninsula Beauty: 20 percent off sale
Present: Game location, refreshments, fun gifts for mom
Red Berry Coffee: open late
Satura: open late
Shoko’s: refreshments and storewide sale
Slingshot: open house and refreshments
Spot Pizza: open late
Starbucks: open late
Therapy: Game location, open late, refreshments
Verizon: open late
Village Stationers: Game location, lovely cards and gifts for mom
Vintage Bath: Game location, beautiful new inventory, fun gift ideas
Yum Yum Tree: refreshments and new sale items

STATE STREET

Area 151: open late, fun for the kids
Baskin Robbins: open late
BK Collections: Game location, storewide sale, refreshments
Bubble Kids: New summer merchandise, spring sale
Bumble: open late, fun for the kids
Costume Bank: Music, open late
Cranberry Scoop: refreshments and great gifts for mom
Fiesta Vallerta: Happy Hour
Gitane: Game, storewide sale, refreshments
Helix: Game, fun activities for the kids
Know Knew Books: Game location, Music, lots of new arrivals and sale items
Linden Tree: Game location and Music
Los Altos PC: Open house, refreshments
Maltby’s: Happy Hour
Nature Gallery : FIRST FRIDAY HQ, Game location, refreshments, raffle
Papillon: Game, refreshments, open house
Peets: open late
Pets Delight: Game location, new summer merchandise, selected items on sale
Pompeii: dinner specials
Red Racer: Fun activities for the kids, great birthday gift ideas
Skate Works: Game location, refreshments, new fun and funky boards for the spring and summer
Sumo: open late
The Botanist: Game location, beautiful gifts for mom
The Makery: Crafts, great birthday gift ideas
United Studios of Self Defense: Game location, free demo classes
View Points Gallery: refreshments, new spring artist exhibits
Village Kebab: open late, 20 percent off dinner menu

April 4th, 2014

Upcoming First Friday: April 4th

Every First Friday you can…

  • Visit participating shops and galleries for discounts, free gifts with purchases or other in-store specials
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments and treats
  • Listen to live performances at various locations in downtown

If you are interested in being a performer this month please contact Jamie Lucia.

Get excited for this month’s entertainment!

Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley (Community Plaza, 130 Main Street) Pronounced “kahn / TAH / bee / lay ,” it is an Italian word which, in a musical context, it refers to a smooth, flowing, and melodious style. This is exactly how Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley sound as they perform exciting music from many different cultures, time periods and styles. The singers, ages 4­-18, enjoy weekly rehearsals, seasonal concerts, participation in music festivals, and tours abroad, are frequent guests with premier symphony, opera and ballet companies, and have performed a stand-alone concert at Carnegie Hall. Fully-Funded (Costume Bank, 169 State Street) Fully-Funded is a frequent performer for First Friday. They are a cover band that plays a wide selection of music across many genres including classic rock, 70s, disco, jazz, and pop music. All of the members live in Los Altos. The band plays monthly at local Los Altos establishments like Maltby’s and First & Main, as well as private parties and corporate events. Handbell Musicians (Adventure Toys, 173 Main Street) Two handbell musicians – formerly too many miles apart, but now together! They met on the online Handbell Community in 2007… and on Facebook in 2009. Larry was in California, and Carla was 6,000 miles away, in England.  After far too many months in a long-distance relationship, their K-1 visa was granted in May 2012 and they were wed in that September. Check out their rendition of an Arabian Dance. Jazz Love Quintet! (Village Stationers, 222 Main Street) Jazz Love Quintet! consists of multi-diverse musicians and entertains people with their light upbeat family-friendly music, including Swing, Bossa Nova, Blues, Funk, Pop and world music! People ages zero to 92+ will enjoy their performance at the First Friday event! Lingonberry Aires (Linden Tree, 265 State Street) Comprised of a vocalist-guitarist, guitarist-bassist, trumpeter, clarinetist-trombonist, and drummer, The Lingonberry Aires play a mix of jazz standards and more recent pop tunes that will delight those who love the American songbook and its eclectic offspring. Mollie Thompson (Know Knew Books, 366 State Street) This local musician enjoys performing jazz from the great American songbook at private events and benefits, local senior centers, area schools and libraries. She performs George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berling and other great American composers and presents music history at elementary schools. Mollie performs in local musical theater productions and recently was in “Some Like it Hot” and played Agnes Gooch in “Mame.” Mollie has sung with many rock and jazz bands in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Mollie along with Scott Vanderlip enjoys performing at community venues like the Westwind Barn and Hidden Villa, and Mollie and Scott recently directed “The Music Man” at Egan Junior High School. Pomegranted (Bubble Kids, 220 State Street) Like a Jean Grae and her transfiguration into the mighty Phoenix, Pomegranted has followed a haphazard yet, august journey. Coming about from the ashes of Cosmic Paste in 2013, the group has found solid ground. Featuring Mrs. Reece breathing fire, the Kameda Kid tapping souls, Schwaninger sabering the drums, and Patel sewing the strings, Pomegranted comes out of San Jose, CA yet, spews a mixture of melodies. Scott Vanderlip (Know Knew Books, 366 State Street) This performer from Los Altos enjoys and shares his love of music in a variety of ways with the community. As a piano and guitar player, and vocalist, he performs locally for some seasonal and often kid related performances in the area. He has also helped to direct several local school and backyard musical productions and can be always found assisting the girl and boy scouts at senior homes for holiday concerts or other local events. For several years, he was a music docent for Music for Minors teaching K-3 students in LASD schools the love of music. He plays an eclectic set of music ranging from folk, pop, musicals, kids songs to those well known camp fire songs. Don’t stand too close or he might ask you to join the band in song! Sunday Seven (Le Boulanger, 301 Main Street) The “Sunday Seven” have been playing music together for 5 years and consists of members of 4 accordions, 1 tuba, 1 percussionist, and sometimes a clarinet and recorder. All of the musicians are members of the Silicon Valley Accordion Society. They play for Italian Festivals, Octoberfests, Holiday festivities, and also entertain at the Silicon Valley Accordion Society several times each year. The Sunday Seven mostly perform polkas, waltzes, German and Italian music, as well as some popular music. They love playing music together and have fun entertaining others.

Main Street Promotions

Adventure Toys: First Friday game and music Aldo’s: dinner specials Apricot Lane: First Friday game, 20% off storewide sale Boulenger: music, open late Cafe Nur: dinner specials Chico’s: 25% off storewide sale Discovery Shop: open late, new sale merchandise Ecofash: new merchandise, sale items Estatements: First Friday game, refreshments, new spring merchandise Footwear Etc.: First Friday game, open late, new and fun spring footwear Gallery 9: refreshments, Aki Mor Photography exhibit Gourmet works: First Friday game, candy workshop for the kids   Kids Only: open late, storewide sale Lulu’s: Happy Hour Maria’s Antiques: First Friday game, 20% off when logging into their website Miyo: open late On Your Mark: First Friday game, music, new sale items Opa: dinner specials Oz Boutique: open late, new sale items Pendleton: new merchandise, sale items, beautiful blankets on sale Peninsula Beauty: 20% off sale Present: First Friday game, open late, new spring arrivals Red Berry Bar: open late, delicious samples Satura: open late Shoko’s: refreshments, storewide sale Starbucks: open late, samples The Lego Store: refreshments, new mechandise on sale Therapy: First Friday game, open late, refreshments Verizon: open late Village Stationers: music, open late Vintage Bath: First Friday game, open late Yum Yum Tree: refreshments, new sale items

State Street Promotions

Area 151: open late, fun for the kids Baskin Robbins: open late BK Collections: First Friday game, open late, lots of sale items Bubble Kids: music, storewide sale Bumble: open late, fun for the kids Cranberry Scoop: First Friday game, refreshments European Cobblery: open late, new fun footwear for the summer Fiesta Vallerta: open late Gitane: First Friday game, open late, storewide sale Helix: open late, new fun exhibits, activities for the kids JB&B Jewelers: open late, new and beautiful merchandise Know Knew Books: First Friday game, Music, lots of new arrivals and sale items Linden Tree: First Friday game and music Los Altos PC: First Friday game, open late Maltby’s: Happy Hour Nature Gallery : FIRST FRIDAY HQ and game, refreshments, raffle, beautiful spring jewelry, free fossil sample (while supplies last) to those that find at least 13 of the items that don’t belong in the participating stores Papillon: First Friday game, refreshments, storewide sale Peets: open late Pet’s Delight: new fun toys and treats for spring Pompeii: dinner specials Red Racer: open late, lots of fun for the kids Skateworks: First Friday game, open late, new fun and funky boards for the spring and summer Sumo: open late, dinner specials The Botanist: open late, new arrival of gorgeous plants for the spring The Makery: open late, crafts United Studios of Self Defense: First Friday game, open late, free demo classes View Points Gallery: refreshments, open late, new spring artist exhibits Village Kebab: open late, 20 percent off dinner menu  

March 7th, 2014

First Friday:March 7th

Find the Mad Hatter and ask him “why are you mad?” to win a prize!

  • Wear your favorite or most outlandish hat. The best selfie photo posted on our Facebook page will win a gift basket from downtown Los Altos merchants!
  • Visit participating shops and galleries for discounts, free gifts with purchases or specials
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments and treats
  • Listen to live performances at various locations in downtown

Performer Descriptions

Fully Funded (Costume Bank, 369 State Street)

Fully-Funded is a frequent performer for First Friday. They are a cover band that plays a wide selection of music across many genres including classic rock, 70s, disco, jazz, and pop music. All of the members live in Los Altos. The band plays monthly at local Los Altos establishments like Maltby’s and First & Main, as well as private parties and corporate events.

Mikailo Kasha Jazz Quartet (Linden Tree, 265 State Street)

Interested in hearing a bit of jazz this weekend? Back by popular demand is the Mikailo Kasha Jazz Quartet. Stop by Linden Tree to hear this talented group of young musicians, which consists of Brad (guitar), Seiji (piano), Mikailo (bass), and Adam (drums). Some of the musicians are part of the Los Altos High School Jazz Ensemble and the San Jose High School All Stars.

Savannah Swan (Chase Bank, 199 Main Street)

Come listen to the talented singer, Savannah Swan. She has been singing since she was 4 years old in the church choir at United Methodist, has travelled and performed nationally and internationally, and recently auditioned for Americas Got Talent.

The Sunday Seven (Le Boulanger, 301 Main Street)

The “Sunday Seven” have been playing music together for 5 years and consists of members of 4 accordions, 1 tuba, 1 percussionist, and sometimes a clarinet and recorder. All of the musicians are members of the Silicon Valley Accordion Society. They play for Italian Festivals, Octoberfests, Holiday festivities, and also entertain at the Silicon Valley Accordion Society several times each year. The Sunday Seven mostly perform polkas, waltzes, German and Italian music, as well as some popular music. They love playing music together and have fun entertaining others.

State Street

Atelier Gray: new furniture and linens

Baskin Robbins: open late

BK Collections: winter merchandise on sale

Bubble Kids: winter merchandise on sale

Chelsea: winter items on sale

Costume Bank: music, late night shopping

Cranberry Scoop: late night shopping, winter merchandise on sale

European Cobblery: open late, select items on sale

Fiesta Vallerta: happy hour

Gitane: great discounts on winter merchandise

JB&B Jewelers: 20% off earring sale

Know Knew Books: winter sale, refreshments

Linden Tree: music, late night shopping

Los Altos PC: late night shopping, refreshments

Maltby’s: happy hour

Nature Gallery: refreshments, late night shopping, new and exciting fossils and gems

Papillon: Grand Opening! Specials throughout the store

Pets Delight: open late

Pompeii: dinner specials

Red Racer: open late, fun games for the kids

Skate Works: limited edition Star War skateboards

The Botanist: lots of beautiful new plants and pottery

The Makery: open late, crafts for the kids

United Studios of Self Defense: free month trial sessions

View Points Gallery: exciting new artwork, refreshements

Village Kebab: 20% of select dinner menu

 

Main Street

Adventure Toys: crafts, music

Apricot Lane: store wide sale

Le Boulanger: open late, music

Cafe Nur: dinner specials

Chico’s: 25% off the entire store

Discovery Shop: open late, new arrivals

Eco Fash: fun new arrivals, store wide sale

Estatements: beautiful new jewelry and handbags

Footwear Etc: open late, winter specials, refreshments

Gallery 9: new art exhibits, refreshments

Gourmet Works: candy craft workshop

Harold’s Jewelers: open late, refreshments

Lulu’s: happy hour

Maria’s Antiques: refreshments and new spring arrivals

Miyo: open late

On Your Mark: We are your FIRST FRIDAY HEADQUARTERS! We are also offering personal training workshops, refreshments, and our winter merchandise is on sale.

Opa!: dinner specials

Oz Boutique: winter clearance sale

Paperwhirl: new spring cards and collectibles

Pendleton: beautiful spring arrivals, winter clearance sale

Peninsula Beauty: 20% off sale, open late, new spring colors and make up

Present: refreshments, new merchandise, sale merchandise

Shoko’s: open house, storewide sale

Therapy: store wide specials, new fun merchandise

Verizon: open late

Village Stationers: open late, new spring merchandise

Vintage Bath: late night shopping

Yum Yum Tree: fall and winter clearance

February 7th, 2014

February 7th, 2014

Stroll the streets of downtown Los Altos for our Valentine’s Day themed event.

  • Visit participating shops and galleries for discounts, free gifts with purchases or specials
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments and treats
  • Listen to live performances at various locations in downtown

Performer Descriptions

The Sunday Seven (Le Bou)
We are called “Sunday Seven” and all of us are members of the Silicon Valley Accordion Society. It a group of people who love playing music together and we have played together as a group for over 4 years. We play for Italian Festivals, Octoberfests, Holiday festivities, and entertain also at the Silicon Valley Accordion Society several times each year. We have numerous gigs lined up for the remainder of the year. We play mostly polkas, waltzes, German and Italian music, as well as some popular music. We do this because we enjoy playing music together, and we have fun entertaining others.

Fully Funded (Costume Bank)
Fully Funded is a 5 piece energetic cover band from Los Altos, CA that plays in and around town playing the hits of yesterday and today for your dancing and listening enjoyment!

The Potentials (Linden Tree)
The Potentials are a local classic rock cover band. They play mostly rock and blues music from the classic vinyl era (60’s and 70’s) and some more contemporary rock and pop music. Their members include Yvonne Aguilar (lead vocals and guitar), Geoff Cotton (lead guitar), Bill Meyer (bass), Guy Lalonde (drums), Dave Spring (piano), and Los Altos resident Bill James (keys and vocals)

Jonathan Luxton (Adventure Toys)
Jonathan delights audiences of all ages with his engaging performances. He brings juggling to a new level of complexity and magic.

 

Check out the listings below for merchants that will be open late and this month’s promotional offerings.

Main Street

Adventure Toys:  Music, refreshments, jugglers, prizes

Apricot Lane:  Sale items, refreshments

Cafe Nur:   Appetizer and dinner specials, complimentary desserts

Chico’s:   Sale items

Eco Fashion:  Sale items, refreshments

Estatements:  Sale items, refreshments

Fina:  Sale items, refreshments

Footwear Etc.:  Sale items, refreshments

Gallery 9:  Refreshments, new artist show

Gourmet Works:  Candy making workshop

Kids Only: Sale items and new merchandise

Le Boulanger:  Music

Lulu’s:  Happy hour

Maria’s Antiques:  Free tote with purchase of $100 or more, refreshments

On Your Mark:  Sale items, refreshments, workshop

Oz Boutique:  30-50% off entire store

Pendleton:  Sale items

Peninsula Beauty: Sale items, refreshments

Present:   Sale items, refreshments

Robert Konevich, Esq:

Shunzi:  Sale items, refreshments, new spring and summer line

Therapy:  Refreshments, new spring merchandise

Village Stationers: Sale items, new merchandise, and valentines specials

Vintage Bath:  Sale items

 

State Street

Atelier Gray: Sale items, refreshments

Baskin Robbins: Open late

BK Collections: Sale items, refreshments

Botanist: New merchandise, sale items

Bubble Kids: Refreshments, prizes, sale items

Chelsea: New merchandise, sale items

Costume Bank: Open late, music

Cranberry Scoop:  Refreshments, free gift with purchase of $30 or more

European Cobblery: Open late, sale items, new merchandise

Fiesta Vallerta: Dinner specials

Gitane: Make sure to stop by Gitane to check out our Spring Fashions, Raffle, and Refreshments. Drawings every 30 minutes.

Helix: Games and activities

Know Knew Books: FIRST FRIDAY HEADQUARTERS, refreshments, 50% off

Linden Tree: Refreshments, sale items, music

Maltby’s: Happy hour

Nature Gallery: Refreshments, new merchandise

Peets: Open late

Pets Delight: Sale items, doggie cookie bowl

Pompeii: Dinner specials

Red Racer: Open late, games

Repertege: Sale items, refreshments

Skateworks:  Sale items, refreshments

The Makery: Open late, crafts, sign up online for our book binding class ages 12+

United Studios of Self Defense: Open late, demo classes, gift certificates

Village Kebob: 20% off all dinners

 

February First Friday Poster

 

 

Hop Onboard for the Holidays

Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff – Town Crier Report

This month’s First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6 in downtown Los Altos, take on a holiday theme – “All Aboard for the Holidays!”

The Los Altos Forward-sponsored event includes free train rides courtesy of the local American Legion; browsing and shopping at retail shops and galleries, many of which offer discounts and free refreshments; and nearly 20 restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.

In addition to partnering with the Los Altos Village Association on the return of the annual tree-lighting event (see story above), First Friday will feature drawings for hundreds of dollars in gift certificates donated by downtown merchants.

Attendees can enter either by playing the “Find the Train Tickets” game at participating merchants or by purchasing merchandise that evening.

Scheduled performers include: juggler Jonathan Luxton; cover band Fully Funded; a brass quartet from Los Altos High School featuring Janelle McAfee, Vishnu Vachani, Gabi Wachs and Daniel Noel; a guitar duo featuring high school musicians Chris Burton and TJ Lascola; the Black Mountain Radio string band; and an accordion group called the Sunday Seven.

The performers will be stationed at various storefronts throughout downtown.

Coinciding with First Friday is the opening of a new downtown addition, Helix by Exploratorium at 316/320 State St.

“Helix is thrilled to contribute to our first First Friday,” said Helix Director Ann Richardson. “As you stroll along State Street, look for the cinematic projection on our second-floor window celebrating light. Join us inside Helix for hands-on explorations of light and color.”

Los Altos Forward, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy in downtown Los Altos. First Fridays are designed to provide fun, social and community-building evenings for local residents.

For game information and to enter the drawing, visit First Friday headquarters inside Know Knew Books at 366 State St.

Link to original article

First Friday planned for December 6th!

Santa is listening to the Christmas list

We’re joining the Los Altos Village Association this month for the Community Plaza tree lighting. Music, the mayor, and Santa will make this fun for the family from 6-6:45pm. Immediately after, the outrageous American Legion train will give rides around town and First Friday music, open merchants, and dining commence.  Stay tuned for more information!