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.

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August First Friday features activities on Downtown Green

Los Altos First Friday

Picture Courtesy of Glenda Chang

The accordion-driven Sunday Seven, left, is a staple among the bands performing at First Fridays. The downtown Los Altos events also include extended store hours, complimentary refreshments and special promotions.

August’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

This month’s theme is “green” in honor of the recently opened Downtown Green on Third Street, and organizers encourage visitors to meet on the Green wearing green T-shirts.

First Fridays feature extended store, restaurant and gallery hours, some with complimentary refreshments, discounts and special promotions.

Friday’s Downtown Green activities will include a Wheel of Fortune game, prizes and Club 55, the pop-up night club for residents ages 55 and up.

Veterans Community Plaza will feature a Kids Corner and the band Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies performing for children.

The bands Sunday Seven, Moon Tides Trio, In The Pocket, Eurotrash, and Shallow and Pedantic are scheduled to perform on Main Street. State Street is slated to host Mars, Mollie and Scott, Fully Funded, Jazz Factor and The Fringes.

The Los Altos Village Association’s Summer Sidewalk sale will continue during First Friday, with a host of shops open during the event.

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First Friday event boasts Mother’s Day theme


Picture Courtesy of Carol Garsten Last month’s “April Foolish” First Friday featured an after-party for the bands that performed, with attendees from Sunday Seven, Fully Funded, Eurotrash and Mollie and Scott enjoying wine and pizza from State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria. Band members, left, sport their First Friday baseball caps.

May’s First Friday event is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The evening gathering will feature a Mother’s Day theme, along with extended hours at shops, galleries and restaurants, some of which will offer discounts and promotions.

Entertainment will include performances by eight bands: Top Shelf, a 17-piece orchestra, at Veterans Community Plaza; Sunday Seven in front of Le Boulanger; In The Pocket in front of Chase Bank; Eurotrash in front of Gallery 9; Fully Funded in front of the Costume Bank; Mollie and Scott in front of Linden Tree Books; Mars in front of Nature Gallery; and Park Avenue Jazz at Ristorante Bella Vita.

Three receptions are scheduled during First Friday festivities. A reception at Nature Gallery will honor the high school students who won the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Young at Art contest. Artist receptions will introduce Steve Curtiss’ exhibition of oil paintings, “Still Off Center,” at Gallery 9, as well as Karen White’s display of oil paintings, “California Colorways,” at Viewpoints Gallery.

Local residents who support First Fridays with a $20 or more donation will receive a First Friday baseball cap. To donate, stop by Los Altos Community Foundation at 183 Hillview Ave., Nature Gallery at 296 State St. or Los Altos Community Chiropractic at 371 First St.

First Friday is a volunteer-driven program of Los Altos Community Foundation. Volunteers meet 5:45-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Nature Gallery.

For more information or to volunteer with First Friday, visit