Martin and Lien tango First Friday

With almost 20 years of Argentine tango experience between them, Martin and Lien have been dancing together for three years. They currently teach an Argentine Tango Fundamentals class at the CPAA Arts Center in San Jose on Wednesday nights, where they stress the basics of lead and follow. They also available for privates.

 

dancers2

“Dancing In the Streets” Los Altos First Friday fun Sept. 5th

SanJuanSensationsWe welcome everyone to join us in downtown Los Altos, California, for the next live, outdoor community celebrated First Friday in September, “Dancing in the Street”.

Dancing will start at 6pm at Community Plaza with the San Juan Sensations followed by Lien & Martin’s Argentine Tango at 6:40 and finishing off the First Friday dancing with Juan’s Latin Potpourri at 7:20pm. Not only are you in for the treat of seeing some amazing local dancers, but each group will get the audience moving to the music with free community dance lessons. Fun for all!

Enjoy the “Let’s Dance” scavenger hunt in 25 of the 60 businesses open late during First Friday and you’ll be a winner! Discover new stores you’ve never been and meet up with your community friends.

“We know how busy modern life is, so we invite you to take a break from the usual set of distractions and let your feet grove around downtown Los Altos”, says Carol Garsten, Nature Gallery owner and First Friday co-cordinator.

Live music and DJ’s will fill the town with the beats to tickle your feet. Visit: www.losaltosfirstfriday.org for more information about the dance groups, music around town on First Friday, participating merchants and Sponsors.

Feel free to walk, run, bike, bus, carpool, or put the top down on your convertible.

“All those who think they have two left feet are welcome to join the fun. They will find out that they have a left and a right and they will also find that dancing has the power to energize us as individuals and as a community”, says Dr. Jamie Lucia of Los Altos Community Chiropractic and First Friday co-cordinator.

First Friday is looking for great community volunteers to help make the event as best as it can be. Join our monthly meetings on the 1st

@ Nature Gallery @ 6pm.

For More information contact Carol Garsten, carol.naturegallery@gmail.com or Jamie Lucia, dr.jamie@sbcglobal.net, First Friday co-organizers.

and 3rd Tuesday of the month

June 6th, 2014

First Friday: June 6th, 6pm-9pm

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
  • Interested in being a performer? Contact Jamie Lucia for more details

Come to the “Concert on the Green” featuring The Houserockers! (6-7:30pm)

The Houserockers

This First Friday there will be a free concert on the State Street Green featuring KFOX Radio’s “Best Cover Band in the Bay Area”, The Houserockers. Known for their eclectic, high energy set lists that brings the music of The Rolling Stones, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Springsteen, Van Morrison and much more to life. Fusing elements of rock, blues, funk, 60’s soul and R & B – this 10 piece band turns every performance into a house party. Get to First Friday early to Rock & Soul the night away with The Houserockers from 6-7:30pm! This event is sponsored by the City of Los Altos and Passerelle Investment Company.

 

State Street Green

Other performances by…

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!

Catherine Rose (Village Stationers, 222 Main Street)

Catherine Rose, of Ghost in the Canyon, is an LA based psychedelic folk singer that specializes in dreamy soundscapes and ear candy melodies on a foundation of organic folk. Ghost in the Canyon’s debut EP, Morning, is a simultaneously joyful and melancholy exploration of time, fate, and spiritual realms. Shining vocal harmonies echo Crosby Stills and Nash while the musicianship of each member is evident in the tight grooves inspired by Fleetwood Mac. Of the album, Jack Keller of IndieU writes: “the EP fantastically excites as it leaves the listener wanting more. With the combination of her mesmeric voice and organic musical accompaniment, Ghost in the Canyon’s foray into the industry sets the tone of the artist she is and wishes to be”.

Lingonberry Aires (Bubble Kids, 220 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.

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 (Linden Tree, 265 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.

The Potentials (Community Plaza)

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)

The Sunday Seven (Le 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.

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.

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!

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.58.16 AM

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 10.02.03 AM

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