Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Living in Los Altos: Little known resources you need to know

There are a lot of resources available online to learn about everyday life and history in Los Altos. Some are better than others but all should be referenced every so often just to make sure you're not missing anything.

Neighborhood Information

Los Altos Neighborhood Network (LANN) - This monthly newsletter offers insights into events and activities around the city. It has been around for about 10 years and offers an online archive of past newletters free of charge. Current newletters require a modest $20 subscription fee.

The newsletter offers links to other resources including civic services, utilities, schools, communications, transportation (school routes and bike maps), recreational activities, and traffic data.

Downtown Activities Information

Los Altos Village Assocation (LAVA) - This group highlights the downtown merchants much like the Chamber of Commerce. However, that also coordinate major events including the farmer's market, Los Altos Art & Wine Festival (one of the best in the Bay Area), Friday Movie Nights, and more.

Their website offers details on events, links to merchants, and information on promotions and coupons for merchant products and services.

Los Altos History
The Los Altos History Museum - Whenever you want to look back on how Los Altos came to be, this is the place to go. Whether visiting in person or online, you can see how life was like when the town was little more than a train stop with a few houses. They also showcase exhibits from local artisans with everything from crafts and collections to painting and pictures.

This little slice of local color is often overlooked by new and existing residents because it is set back behind the library and civic center. Take a look and learn more about where we live.

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