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You’re invited to the First Friday festivities in Downtown Los Altos on February 1st, 2013 from 6-8pm. “Valentines Sweets Tour” is the theme of the evening. The evening packs in a number of great activities for visitors of all ages.

  • Browse and shop at the open stores and galleries, many providing First Friday discounts and scrumptious refreshments and beverages.
  • Listen to creative musicians playing throughout downtown
  • Play the fun “Find the Sweets” game at participating merchants
  • Enter the drawing for many gift certificates donated by local stores and restaurants.

You can enter the First Friday drawing for merchant gift certificates either by purchasing merchandise during the First Friday (get one drawing entry per $25 spent that evening) or by participating in the “Find the Sweets” game.

The First Friday headquarters at 164 Main is the place to pick up programs, get information, and register for the drawing.

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. All activities are indoors so rain will not dampen the evening. Plenty of free parking.

This First Friday is sponsored by the Los Altos Community Foundation and the Los Altos Town Crier.

You're invited to the First Friday festivities in Downtown Los Altos on December 7, 2012 from 6-10pm.  The theme is “All Aboard for the Holidays” and the evening packs in a number of great activities for visitors of all ages.

From 6-8pm:
• Browse and shop at the open stores and galleries, many providing First Friday discounts and scrumptious refreshments and beverages.
• Jump on the locomotive and enjoy a free ride around downtown.
• Sit on Santa’s lap at 359 State Street. Bring a canned good for the local food drive.
• Play the fun “Find the Train Ticket” game.
• Listen to creative musicians and carolers throughout downtown
• Enter the drawing for many gift certificates donated by local stores and restaurants. Get an entry ticket either by purchasing merchandise during the First Friday or by participating in the Train Ticket game.
And, from 7:30-10pm:
• Come enjoy beverages, refreshments, and lively music at the Holiday Party, 359 State Street. Refreshments, beer and wine will be served.

The First Friday headquarters, 359 State Street, is the place to pick up programs, get information, visit Santa, register for the drawing, and beginning at 7:30, attend the holiday party.

Mark your calendar for this fun evening, beginning at 6pm. And as always, downtown restaurants will be open and serving a wide selection of cuisines. Four restaurants, Fiesta Vallarta, Maltby’s Restaurant and Tavern, Opa, and Restaurante Bella Vita, will have a First Friday happy hour discount from 5-6pm. All activities are indoors so rain will not dampen the evening. Plenty of free parking.

A few weeks, Intero CEO Gino Blefari posted an article on the Intero Insider blog entitled “Need directions? Ask a Realtor.” In this post, Gino describes the vast knowledge many Realtors have to share regarding the local communities we serve. He goes on to say:

I’m always amazed at the amount of local community knowledge a typical Realtor has. If you need to know about the local preschool situation, where to get the best cup of coffee within earshot of a specific address, where to get free Internet while you enjoy a hot beverage or quick lunch, and where the best morning bun in town is served, ask a Realtor. Seriously.

But many times you wouldn’t know this as a home buyer or seller while out shopping for a Realtor. It seems that

many agents’ marketing materials don’t seem to get this point across – that not only is this agent a master at closing sales in a particular neighborhood or area, he’s also an expert at all things local. He knows the right plumbers, contractors, inspectors, landscapers, cleaning services, florists, and interior decorators. You name it.

I think it’s time agents get the recognition they deserve as neighborhood connoisseurs, specialists, experts. Sure, you want an agent with an impeccable track record of selling houses in your area or area of interest. You want a master negotiator, a well respected and well connected professional. But you also want someone who’s going to be able to either tell you exactly what it’s like to live somewhere, how close life’s essentials are, and so forth or connect you directly with the people who can answer those questions.

I personally couldn’t agree more with Gino’s emphasis on the importance of being able to share this local expertise with clients. Whether it’s regarding the local schools, finding a reliable contractor, or getting recommendations on the best restaurants in town, I pride myself in being able to assist my clients, friends, and neighbors with all of these things. Now, I’ve partnered with AmericanTowns (a wonderful site to find and share local events, things to do, and more), serving as their Los Altos Real Estate Expert and contributing to the Los Altos Answer Book. Through the Answer Book, I will be sharing my knowledge about our community with interested folks across the globe, covering various topics concerning our community and the resources, businesses, programs, and people that make it unique.

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You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers…and our fabulous Los Altos Farmers’ Market!

This Thursday (May 5) marks the return of the weekly Farmers’ Market to downtown Los Altos. Each and every Thursday afternoon/evening from now until September 29 (at a new time this year: from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM), come out and enjoy the plethora of locally-grown and produced foods and other goodies.

The Farmers’ Market will take place on State Street in the heart of downtown, between Second and Fourth Streets. For more information, visit the Los Altos Village Association’s website by clicking here.

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