39th Annual Fine Art In The Park

Posted on April 25, 2014 by  
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Fine Art in the ParkThe Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 39th annual Fine Art in the Park show is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 17 and 18 in Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

The event is considered one of the Bay Area’s premier open-air art shows, featuring original, juried works by some 170 artists.

In addition to the selection of fine art available for purchase, Fine Art in the Park will feature entertainment and a food court. The Rotary Club’s Young at Art competition will display winning entries from local youth in the Lincoln Park gazebo.

Proceeds from the event support scholarships for local high school and college students and a variety of nonprofit agencies, including the Mountain View RotaCare Clinic, Partners for New Generations, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and Alta Vista High School.

The Fine Art in the Park show also funds international projects in more than 200 countries, such as solar technologies in Nepal, tele-medicine in the Dominican Republic, fruit trees and wells in Afghanistan, HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, literacy in the Yucatan and job training in Indonesia.

Admission to Fine Art in the Park is free.  For more information, visit rotaryartshow.com.


Los Altos Pet Parade Invites Entries

Posted on April 23, 2014 by  
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Los Altos Pet ParadeRegistration for the 67th annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, scheduled 10 a.m. May 17, has opened and will continue through May 6.

School groups, individuals and families can register for the event at losaltoskiwanis.org/events/pet-parade.

Although official registration closes May 6, no person or pet will be turned away from participating in the parade.

Registrants and those wishing to be included without preregistration must find a Kiwanis volunteer clad in a yellow shirt for directions to the appropriate staging area prior to the parade start.

The annual event showcases a variety of pets marching or being carried down Main and State streets, accompanied by their owners.

Los Altos Police Sergeant Paul Arguelles, who has assisted the Kiwanians with the Pet Parade for many years, will serve as this year’s grand marshal.

The community’s first Pet Parade occurred in 1947, five years before the city of Los Altos incorporated. Over the years, it has become a spring tradition that attracts thousands of children and a range of pets – from snails to llamas – on foot, on horseback, in wagons and on bicycles.

Representatives from local bands, schools and other community groups also join the march.


Los Altos Live! Coming April 26th

Posted on April 19, 2014 by  
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Los Altos LiveLos Altos Live!, the sixth annual talent show featuring local performers, is scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 26 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

The show, sponsored by the Los Altos Cultural Association, will feature more than 75 performers in 20 different acts, ranging from dancers to jugglers, martial artists, singers and musicians.

“This year Los Altos Live! has some brand-new performers,” said Abby Althoff, chief coordinator for the event. “We have bell ringers, tap dancers, violinists, pianists and more. Performers range in age from 8 to 83. There is something for everyone in this show.”

Featured performers include groups from the Los Altos Stage Company, the Community School of Music and Arts, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Bullis Charter School, Marti’s Dance Studio and the San Juan School of Dance. Among the solo artists is pianist Justin Read, whose keyboard prowess will “knock you out of your seat,” Althoff said.

Cristy Dawson, assistant principal at Los Altos High, will return as master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $20 adult, $10 student. Tickets are available at the Town Crier, 138 Main St.; Main Street Cafe & Books, 134 Main St.; and Los Altos High. They also may be purchased online at losaltoslive2014.eventbrite.com.

Proceeds from the event enable Los Altos High students to attend Camp Diversity, a leadership development program with core values that promote nonviolent campus communities.


“Al the Barber” Bids Farewell

Posted on April 16, 2014 by  
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Al the BarberThe business Al Galedrige built is older than Los Altos itself. He opened Al’s Barber Shop in 1948 – four years before Los Altos was incorporated.

But no one can claim that Galedrige cut his career short by retiring last week at age 88.

The Los Altos resident sheared his last strand of hair this month – 67 years after opening the downtown shop now run by Greg Giedt. There was no grand exit: Galedrige simply posted a handwritten thank-you note on the door at 365 Central Plaza.

Although retirement will allow him to spend more time on the golf course and in the garden with his wife, Carol, Galedrige admitted that he would miss his regulars. One haircut at a time, he’s witnessed boys grow into men and has made many friends along the way.

“It has been a pleasure serving the city of Los Altos and the most wonderful customers in the world,” he wrote in the note.

While the downtown has changed over the years, with the small-town feel giving way to upscale shops and restaurants, the striped barbershop pole remains out front as an invitation to those in need of a trim – or even a buzz cut. The furnishings inside the shop have changed some, but not the antique barbershop chairs featuring thick tan leather covers and metal foot stands with intricate metal castings.

Adding a sense of nostalgia, Galedrige and Giedt use a brass cash register for transactions. Memorabilia from World War II cover the shop walls – Galedrige served in the U.S. Navy during the war – and photos of patrons add a personal touch.

Galedrige studied to become a barber soon after returning from the Battle of Iwo Jima. After learning his trade in San Francisco, he secured employment at one of the three barbershops in Los Altos in the 1940s. When the opportunity arose, Galedrige purchased the barbershop on Main Street in which he worked. Al’s Barber Shop was born.

Sitting comfortably in one of the barber chairs with his feet propped up, Galedrige reminisced last week about his customers. While talking politics, war memories and lighter subjects like fishing, Galedrige noted that he’s cut the hair of the late David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard; Bill Krause, philanthropist and former 3Com CEO; and the late Sen. Alan Cranston.

Although Galedrige will miss his job, he’ll be back at the shop occasionally – for a trim.


A Townhouse With Excellent Schools

Posted on April 11, 2014 by  
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Queens Oak Ct

22651 Queens Oak Ct, Cupertino, CA 95014
Listed at $898,000 / Sold at $1,025,000
3 Bed / 2.5 Baths / Home: 1,576 sqft / Lot Size: 1,662 sqft +/-
Represented: Seller


A Library For The People, By The People

Posted on April 9, 2014 by  
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Los Altos librarian Judith GreggLos Altos’ new head librarian not only wants residents to view the city’s two libraries as valued local resources, but also as places for them to share their passions with others.

Judith Gregg, appointed community librarian of the main library and Woodland Branch March 17, said she aims to bring an open-door approach to her new position. She wants Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents to have a hand in determining local programming. Part of her plan includes scheduling more poetry readings and book talks by local authors promoting their work.

Gregg believes that a local library should serve as a place that offers inclusive programming inspired by “grassroots ideas from the community.”

“I think a community librarian is in a unique position to create partnerships with other groups and people in town and make (the library) the center of the community,” said Gregg. “There’s so much talent that I’d like to draw on in the community and have them bring it to the library to share with others.”

“I’ve never had such a warm welcome. People were so pleased to see me. And Los Altos is the prettiest town I’ve seen in a long while, as well.” Gregg noted that the community’s enthusiasm for its libraries makes her job easier.


A Retreat For Rest & Relaxation

Posted on April 7, 2014 by  
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Sherman Street

412 Sherman Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Off-market Sale
2 Bed / 2 Baths / Home: 1,124 sqft / Lot Size: 5,000 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached
Represented: Buyer


Gorgeous Ranch In Waverly Park

Posted on April 3, 2014 by  
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1208 Awalt Drive

1208 Awalt Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040
Listed at $1,646,000 / Sold at $2,200,000
3 Bed / 2 Baths / Home: 1,964 sqft / Lot Size: 7,950 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached
Represented: Buyer


Downtown Pop-up Park Returns

Posted on April 2, 2014 by  
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Los Altos Pop Up ParkThe State Street Green pop-up park is making a comeback this summer. The park debuted mid-July last year as a joint effort between the city, Passerelle Investment Co. and some downtown merchants. It occupied most of the 300 block of State Street for six weeks while streetscape improvement work closed the nearby intersection at State and First streets.

This year, the park concept will be relocated to Third Street between Main and State. One possible option would extend the park from the edge of the city’s parking plazas to the corner of Main and Third streets, near Satura Cakes. A second option would place the park between the edge of the parking plazas and the corner of State and Third streets, near the Costume Bank.

The decision came after members of the Stanford Prevention Research Center presented the results of its survey of those who used last year’s park and nearby merchants. The survey indicated that more than 70 percent of the users had positive reactions to the park. In addition, 74 percent of the 147 individuals polled favored a permanent park in the area.

Interviews with 95 individuals at local businesses within an eight-block area around the park found “no discernible overall impact on business sales” – without offering specific data. The group noted that 38 percent of the businesses favored a permanent park, with 24 percent supporting a temporary one. A lack of parking in the downtown area was among the top concerns cited by business representatives.


Voyageur du Temps (Time Traveler)

Posted on April 1, 2014 by  
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Voyageur du TempsThe downtown building that formerly served as a stop along the Southern Pacific Railroad – among several other uses throughout the years – is now a bakery cafe.

Voyageur du Temps (“Time Traveler” in French) opened its doors March 15 after nearly a year of “extremely painstaking” construction on the former train depot at 288 First St., according to owner Rie Rubin. She said the finished product – a French-style bakery and cafe – as well as its name is a tribute to past and modern times locally. Overall, Rubin noted, the project to renovate the 1913 Craftsman-style structure took approximately two years to complete “from conception to birth.”

“This is an ode to the Silicon Valley community and its history,” Rubin said of the building, which in the past was a pizza parlor, restaurant, bank and antique retail store after serving as a train stop into the 1950s.

Rubin said she incorporated old redwood panels from Moffett Field’s Hangar One, using them as wall siding along the cafe’s indoor seating area as part of the redesign. Construction crews, she added, discovered the depot’s original “Los Altos” sign – which faced what is now Foothill Expressway. It now hangs over the business entryway fronting First Street.

An original loading-dock door previously used to transfer goods from trains to horse-drawn buggies, meanwhile, now adorns the building’s facade. Other preservation and repurposing efforts included turning salvaged wood from the depot’s former train platform into bench seating for customers.

Rubin noted that her preservation efforts aren’t limited to the building itself. She said her business, at least in part, is her personal quest for the “perfect croissant.” She added that bakery staff is trained to use traditional Parisian-style methods to create made-from-scratch breads and pastries.

“If you hear ‘homemade’ these days, it’s usually shaped and then frozen,” she said. “But going back to older days, things were simpler and more delicious because we didn’t shortcut anything. … Sometimes simpler is just better.”

Rubin said her bakery cafe is currently operating on limited hours – and serving a limited menu – as she adds additional staff. Voyageur du Temps will eventually open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering coffee drinks and light breakfast and lunch menus.

For more information, visit voyageur.com.