Hold on to your hats – here comes First Friday

Hold on to your hats – here comes First Friday

Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
First Friday supporters don a variety of hats to promote Friday’s downtown event.

This month’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday on the Downtown Green on Third Street between Main and State streets in Los Altos.

With the theme “Hats Off to Los Altos,” attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite hats and join in the group of “Mad Hatters.”

Friday’s activities coincide with the start of the Los Altos Village Association-sponsored Summer Sidewalk Sale, running through Aug. 11.

A First Friday photo booth will be available for free pictures, as will a selection of hats donated by Tenth Street Hats. Prizes will be awarded to every creative Mad Hatter.

Live entertainment will include Sunday Seven performing in front of Le Boulanger, Norm Kahan at the Los Altos Tasting Room, Eurotrash in front of Chase Bank, House Band at Enchanté Boutique Hotel, Shallow and Pedantic at Veterans Community Plaza, Fully Funded on the Downtown Green, Silverado at the Assistance League, Mary Gospe in front of Nature Gallery, Mollie and Scott in front of Linden Tree Books and In The Pocket in front of BK Collections.

Stores and art galleries will extend their hours for evening shopping, sales, promotions and receptions. A Kids Corner and hat-making activity are scheduled at Veterans Community Plaza, and the pop-up Club 55 on the Downtown Green.

First Fridays are monthly promotional events sponsored by the nonprofit Los Altos Forward, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation. Los Altos Forward is a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy in downtown Los Altos.

For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org or facebook.com/losaltosfirstfriday.

First Friday Celebrates Fourth of July

First Friday’s patriotic theme salutes July

First Friday and Club 55 are set for a post-Fourth of July celebration with activities, live music and special promotions 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Attendees wearing red, white and blue may win prizes if the First Friday photographer captures their patriotic spirit. To spot the photographer, look for the person wearing a First Friday cap, carrying First Friday balloons and wearing a camera around his or her neck.

First Friday festivities include live music for all ages at various spots along Main and State streets; extended store hours; new artist exhibitions and receptions at downtown galleries; a Kids Corner and the San Jose Spiders Ultimate Frisbee team at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets; and Club 55 at the Assistance League, 169 State St.

First Friday character cutouts and the Wheel of Fortune game will be roaming downtown as well.

For a donation of $20, residents can become a Friend of First Friday and receive a First Friday cap and shopping bag. Donate at Veterans Community Plaza during Friday’s event, or at Los Altos Community Chiropractic at 371 First St., Los Altos Community Foundation at 183 Hillview Ave. or Nature Gallery at 296 State St. throughout the workweek.

First Friday is a monthly promotional event sponsored by the nonprofit Los Altos Forward, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation. Los Altos Forward 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.

First Friday recently added four new businesses to its stable of supporters: platinum sponsor Legacy Realty, gold sponsor The Post and silver sponsors Enchanté Boutique Hotel and Axiom Learning.

For a list of participating businesses and more information, email Jamie Lucia at dr.jamie@sbcglobal.net or Carol Garsten at carol.naturegallery@gmail.com or visit losaltosfirstfriday.org or facebook.com/losaltosfirstfriday.program of Los Altos Community Foundation. Los Altos Forward 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.

First Friday recently added four new businesses to its stable of supporters: platinum sponsor Legacy Realty, gold sponsor The Post and silver sponsors Enchanté Boutique Hotel and Axiom Learning.

For a list of participating businesses, bands, special promotions and more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org or facebook.com/losaltosfirstfriday.

Cut Out Fun First Friday

Cut out of work for First Friday photo fun

 

First Friday chairwomen Jamie Lucia, left, and Carol Garsten test out a disco dancing cutout that will be featured with others at Friday’s event in downtown Los Altos.

June’s First Friday festivities will feature cutouts for Instagram opportunities 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Five-foot-high cardboard cutouts placed around Main and State streets will encourage participants to take photos of friends and family as a bottle of beer, a hot dog and disco dancers. Attendees can spread the word about First Friday by posting photos on social media channels and tagging “Downtown Los Altos First Friday.” The three people with the most “likes” on their posts will win a prize package filled with First Friday swag.

Ten live bands are scheduled to perform at various spots around downtown, art galleries will host receptions and stores and restaurants will extend their hours, with some offering complimentary refreshments and special discounts.

In addition, Club 55, a mingling event for local residents ages 55 and up, is scheduled 6-8:30 p.m. on the back patio of 169 State St. (formerly the Costume Bank).

First Friday is a monthly promotional event sponsored by the nonprofit Los Altos Forward, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation.

For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org or facebook.com/losaltosfirstfriday.

 

 

First Friday Frisbee Fling hits downtown

First Friday Frisbee Fling hits downtown

Courtesy of Los Altos First Friday 
The San Jose Spiders are scheduled to come to town Friday.

April’s First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos, will include an Ultimate Frisbee demonstration courtesy of the San Jose Spiders.

The pro Ultimate Frisbee team’s home field since 2014 has been at Foothill College. The Spiders are two-time national champions.

Team members will showcase their skills at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets. They will fling First Friday Frisbees into the crowd and hand out opening-day tickets for their April 20 game. The Spiders’ opening-day tickets also will be available at all downtown stores with open doors.

First Friday visitors can browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Local bands will perform at various downtown locations, children’s activities are set for the “Kids Corner” at Veterans Community Plaza and receptions are scheduled at local art galleries.

First Friday is a monthly promotional event sponsored by the nonprofit Los Altos Forward, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation. Los Altos Forward 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 a list of participating businesses and more information, email Jamie Lucia at dr.jamie@sbcglobal.net or Carol Garsten at carol.naturegallery@gmail.com or visit losaltosfirstfriday.org or facebook.com/losaltosfirstfriday.

For more information on the Spiders and Ultimate Frisbee, visit sjspiders.com.

Music, munchies and discount merchandise highlight First Friday in March

Downtown Los Altos First Friday activities for March are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors can browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Activities will include live bands at various downtown locations, children’s activities at the “Kids Corner” at Veterans Community Plaza (Main and State streets) and receptions at local art galleries.

Live bands and solo performers scheduled to play Friday include Norm Kahan, Sunday Seven, In The Pocket, Jazz Factor, Fully Funded, Owen MacKenzie, Mars, and Mollie and Scott.

Artist receptions are slated 5-8 p.m. Friday for Los Altos photography artist Roy Harrington at Gallery 9 at 143 Main St. and painter Veronica Gross at Viewpoints Gallery at 315 State St.

First Friday is a monthly promotional event sponsored by the nonprofit Los Altos Forward, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation. Los Altos Forward 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.

Los Altos Forward seeks volunteers to join the First Friday Committee, which meets 5:45-7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Nature Gallery, 296 State St.

To volunteer, for a list of participating businesses and for more information, email Jamie Lucia at dr.jamie@sbcglobal.net or Carol Garsten at carol.naturegallery@gmail.com or visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.

First Friday Dancing in the Streets

First Friday features dancing in the streets of downtown LA

Picture Courtesy of Jamie Lucia 

The San Juan Sensations dance troupe is set to headline First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The evening will kick off with a dance exhibition at Veterans Community Plaza 6-7 p.m. The Los Altos First Friday Conga Line will begin at 7 p.m., with participants joining the San Juan dancers as they wind through downtown and kick up their heels. The conga line will make stops along the way so that participants can shop at downtown stores.

The evening also will feature extended hours at restaurants and stores, some with discounts and specials, as well as 14 bands performing on Main and State streets.

First Friday is a volunteer-driven program of Los Altos Community Foundation designed to promote vibrancy and community downtown.

For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.