The Los Altos Town Crier reports on Los Altos First Fridays Second Anniversary.
A grassroots group supported by the Los Altos Community Foundation, Los Altos Forward comprises local residents, business owners and property owners who promote community vibrancy in downtown Los Altos.
“First Fridays are exciting because they are multigenerational events that bring the community together,” said Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery.
Los Altos First Fridays is supported by Los Altos Community Found and is part of Los Altos Forward. It is designed to encourage people to support local business and socialize with fellow citizens.
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.
Carol Garsten, owner of the Nature Gallery, is hosting an exclusive wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the First Friday program. Proceeds will be used to hire a part time person to coordinate First Friday planning and execution. As you may know, First Fridays promote community building by enabling residents to socialize, enjoy time together, and dine in our unique downtown while getting to know the merchants and their businesses. Joe Eyre started the First Fridays in 2011 and would like to pass the reins to a new person so he can focus on LACF.
The event, from 6-8pm, features a wonderful sommelier pouring a selection of exclusive wines, delicious hors d’ oeuvres, and a silent auction.
Attendance will be limited to the first 50 who RSVP. You can sign up by sending a check to the Los Altos Community Foundation (note First Fridaybenefit) in the memo line or by paying online. For questions, contact Carol at the Nature Gallery, at 650-327-8700.
First Fridays are organized by Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy in our downtown. Los Altos Forward is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation,l