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.

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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!

First Friday Even to Welcome SFMOMA

Published on Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff – Town Crier Report



Youth art headlines this week’s First Friday event in downtown Los Altos, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday. The theme, “Los Altos Youth Art Exhibit Welcomes SFMOMA,” reflects the contemporary art pieces created by local Los Altos elementary, middle and high school students that will be displayed in stores around town.

The displays welcome SFMOMA’s mobile exhibition, scheduled to open Nov. 8 in various downtown locations. At right, Kristine Bardman and Kimberly Dickerson, art docent coordinator for the Los Altos School District, prepare for the exhibit.

The student art installation connects Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Community Values Youth, Los Altos Forward’s First Friday, downtown merchants, Los Altos Rotary, students, families and the community at large. Each student who submits art will receive a $5 gift certificate from Know Knew Books at 366 State Street and a flashing yellow star, sponsored by Nature Gallery, to wear for recognition during the evening.

During First Friday events, pedestrians browse and shop at shops and galleries downtown, many of which provide discounts, refreshments and beverages. Musicians set up throughout downtown. This month’s lineup includes Los Altos Youth Chamber Ensemble, The Sunday Seven, Fully Funded, Black Mountain Radio and the Quarter Tones.

The First Friday headquarters at the Nature Gallery, 296 State St. will provide information about the event and refreshments.

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First Friday in Downtown Los Altos on November 1st, from 6-8pm

Everything is Perfect, Katerina

You’re invited to the First Friday festivities in Downtown Los Altos on November 1st, 2013 from 6-8pm.   This month the theme is “Los Altos Youth Art Exhibit Welcomes SFMOMA”.  Contemporary art pieces created by local Los Altos elementary, middle, and high school students will be displayed in stores as a welcome for the SF MOMA exhibit that will open on November 8th in Downtown Los Altos.

This project connects Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Community Values Youth, Los Altos Forward’s First Friday, downtown merchants, Los Altos Rotary, students, families and the community at large.  This evening’s event is meant to appreciate the youth in our community.  Each student that submits art will get a $5 gift certificate from Know Knew books at 366 State Street and a flashing yellow star, sponsored by Nature Gallery, to wear for recognition during the evening.

During the First Friday you can browse and shop at the open stores and galleries, many providing First Friday discounts and scrumptious refreshments and beverages.  While strolling, listen to creative musicians throughout downtown. Some of this month’s lineup includes:

  • Los Altos Youth Chamber Ensemble
  • The Sunday Seven
  • Fully Funded
  • Black Mountain Radio

The First Friday headquarters will be at the Nature Gallery, 296 State Street from 6 – 8:30 pm.  Come here to get information about the First Friday (and refreshments).

Mark your calendar for this fun evening, beginning at 6pm. And as always, over 20 downtown restaurants will be open and serving a wide selection of cuisines.  There is plenty of free parking.

First Fridays are sponsored by the following generous merchants and organizations:

  • Gold Sponsors:  BK Collections, Los Altos Community Chiropractic, Los Altos Community Foundation, Los Altos Town Crier, Los Altos Downtown Property owners, Nature Gallery, Passerelle Investment Company, and Wilbur Properties.
  • Silver Sponsors:  Area 151, Bumble Café, Fast Frame, Fiesta Vallarta, Gallery 9 Los Altos, Los Altos Hardware, Lulu’s, Play Los Altos, Red Racer Hobby Shop, The Alley Burgerhouse, and The Makery.

Some of the participating merchants include:

  • Adventure Toys
  • Apricot Lane
  • Area 151
  • Assistance League of Los Altos Costume Bank
  • Atelier Gray
  • Barbara Small, Esq. and Chico Myers, Esq. and 166 Main Attorneys
  • Baskin Robbins Los Altos
  • BK Collections
  • Bumble Café
  • Gallery 9 Los Altos
  • Gourmet Works
  • H&H Pumpkin Patch
  • JB&B Jewelers
  • Nature Gallery
  • On Your Mark
  • Peninsula Beauty Supply
  • Play Los Altos
  • Present
  • Red Racer
  • The Botanist
  • The Makery
  • Viewpoints Gallery
  • Village Stationers
  • Yum Yum Tree

First Fridays are organized by Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy in our downtown.  First Fridays are one of the group’s initiatives and provide a fun, social, and community-building evening for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and surrounding communities. For more information about First Fridays visit losaltosfirstfriday.org or email info@losaltosfirstfriday.org .

Los Altos Forward is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, www.losaltoscf.org .



Oktoberfest Activities during First Friday

Published on Wednesday, 02 October 2013
Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff – Town Crier Report

First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-10 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors are invited to browse and shop at the open stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments.

Live entertainment will include performances by Transitive Closure, The 37th Parallel, Jonathan Luxton, the Los Altos Chamber Players, The Potentials and harpist Katherine Healzer.

In celebration of Oktoberfest, a beer and wine garden will be open 8-10 p.m. on the patio behind the Costume Bank at 169 State St. Sunday Seven, a Bavarian band, is slated to perform. For information, programs and registration for the monthly drawing, visit the First Friday headquarters 6-8:30 p.m. behind the Costume Bank.

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