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Effective and Safe Skin Care to Pamper You while Giving Back to Our Community Did you know that women and men spend billions of dollars each year on anti-aging skin products? Take a look on your bathroom shelves – do you have a number of products that you tried and just weren’t right for you? The products that you can buy over-the-counter often contain preservatives such as paraben that are currently illegal in Europe. These products also don’t contain enough active ingredients to do anything more than moisturize your skin. If you want to see a difference with topical products you should purchase products from a medical doctor with skincare expertise. Balisimo Salon and Medspa features the organic, doctor-directed skin line KCMD. These paraben free products provide the most advanced ingredients for anti-aging. A skincare consultation can help you achieve the results you desire by combining these products with prescriptives such as Retin A and injectables like

Botox and dermal fillers. But you won’t have to feel guilty about pampering yourself, all proceeds from KCMD are directed to a non-profit foundation - Lets Face It Together – to help others in the community who are uninsured or underinsured and need medical and/or surgical care. From cancer, to autoimmune diseases or post-traumatic ocular to facial alterations—Lets Face It Together strives to bridge the inequity within our community, by putting the care back into healthcare starting from the neck up. You can also purchase your refills on line at www.Balisimosalon. com Balisimo Salon & Medspa 398 State Street, Los Altos. 408.646.2114

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Alma Plaza has a new grocery store – Welcome to Miki’s Farm Fresh Market in Palo Alto Alma Plaza has a new grocery store – Welcome to Miki’s Farm Fresh Market in Palo Alto From his work in Berkeley, Micheal Werness learned the importance of organic foods, of treating farmers right and of getting to know his customers. In search of farm freshness, his buyers go to markets in South City, San Francisco and the East Bay to pick out fruits and vegetables. Sections include Asian spices, a cheese counter, desserts in glass cases, a deli, a juice bar, a beer and wine section, and much more. There’s something for everyone. It’ll take some time to feel out what Palo Altans in particular want to buy, but “Miki” pledges to look into special requests and give attentive customer service. “We’re ready to rock and

roll in Palo Alto,” Miki said. “This isn’t like work. This is fun.” New store hours: Monday - Saturday 7am – 8pm Sunday - 10am – 7pm 650- 485-8600

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CPAU Tips for Energy-Smart Holiday Gifts Palo Alto residents have had local control over their electric, natural gas, water and sewer utilities for over 100 years! Owned by the Palo Alto community, the City of Palo Utilities Department (CPAU) serves residents and businesses alike, providing fair rates, superior infrastructure and prompt service from field crews as well as our Customer Service Center staff. CPAU programs and services focus on meeting specific Palo Alto needs. This holiday season, CPAU encourages you to buy from the heart and remember that gift giving does make a difference. When buying cool new electronics, think about their longterm costs. Electronics play an increasingly larger role in your home’s energy consumption--about 15% of household electricity use. Some televisions use more electricity than a refrigerator! And many electronics use energy even

when switched off! Tips for sustainable electronic use: t $PNQBSFFOFSHZVTFCFUXFFONPEFMT t #VZ &/&3(: 45"3 S  SBUFE FRVJQNFOU &RVJQNFOU UIBU IBT FBSOFE UIJT DFSUJÜDBUJPO save energy when off, while maintaining important and useful features. t 5BCMFUT BOE MBQUPQT VTF MFTT FOFSHZ UIBO desktop computers. Purchase a model with a QPXFSTBWFSNPEF BOETFUJUUPUIJTNPEF#&'03&ZPVXSBQJU t %JTBCMF i2VJDL 4UBSUw PQUJPOT UIBU MFBWF electronics in a constant standby mode. t "GUFSQSFTFOUTBSFVOXSBQQFE TBWFFOFSHZ by unplugging battery chargers or power adapters when the items are not in use--- including your phone, tablet or e-reader chargers! t 6TFBQPXFSTUSJQGPSBTNBOZFMFDUSPOJDTBT QPTTJCMFTPZPVIBWFBOFBTZ DFOUSBMiUVSOPòw point when done using or charging them. Learn more about the CPAU programs, services and resources available to the Palo Alto community. Visit or call (650) 329-2241.

Away from Home for the Holidays? The leaves have started to fall and so have Creekside Inn guestroom rates – reserve your room now through November 30th and receive 20% off our best available rate for weekends only through December 31, 2012.

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Geoffrey’s Diamonds & Goldsmith, a true Peninsula gem. You literally feel the difference the minute you walk through the door of this amazing jewelry store in San Carlos. Somewhere between the warm welcome, amazing selection and deeply diverse and knowledgeable staff, you know you will leave with a piece of jewelry that you will cherish forever. We are also members of GIA Gemological Institute of America, AGS American Gem Society, Jewelers of America, California Jeweler, JVC Jewelers Vigilance Committee and the Better Business Bureau. Please check out our Yelp page to see how our customers rate us. We have been in business serving the community for 28 years and are grateful to our loyal customers or as we like to call them, friends and family. Whether you need to get a treasured heirloom repaired or want to explore new design, our talented in-house jeweler can create something uniquely beautiful for your holiday gifts. We are authorized dealers of the top bridal designer brands and are passionate about finding you the

absolute perfect fit for any budget. We stand behind our products to provide the ultimate in customer satisfaction. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you! Please visit us during our extended holiday hours to discover our amazing selection of gems. Geoffrey’s Diamonds & Goldsmith 626 Walnut Street #212, San Carlos 650.591.0301 Holiday Hours Start November 23rd We are open 7 days a week for convenient holiday shopping.

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Voted The Best Eco Boutique in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine in 2009. Olive where you can find amazing pieces from Gypsy 05, Prairie Underground, Loomstate, The Battalion, Alex & Ani and many more.

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Create a beautiful custom closet system to match your needs, desires and budget. Closet Design Process Our custom closet design process all begins with our free in-home closet design consultation with our highly-trained closet designer. Then, we measure your space and everything that will go into your custom closet design. Next we share our custom closet design ideas and match them up to your needs, desires, and budget. Closet Factory offers you your choice of materials and makes suggestions for just the right options and accessories that will make your closet design perfect for you. Custom Manufacturing Each job is individually manufactured from the design you approve. Then, our craftsmen go to work using our state-of-the-art machinery, fabricating each part to meet the exact specifications of your design. From cutting to finishing to assembly to inspection, everything is done with the utmost care to ensure quality, quantity, and cleanliness. Installation The final step is a quick, clean installation of your immaculate new dream closet, garage, home office, entertainment center, pantry, laundry room or

other unit. Since all of the manufacturing and most of the finishing is done in our factory, installation takes from one to just a few days. This also means there’s not a lot of cutting, sanding or other messy construction going on in your home. Our Installers always give the utmost consideration to you, your family and your home. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that the entire Closet Factory team is never more than a phone call away and ready to handle any last minute questions. I am proud to offer nothing but the highest quality and service. I look forward to sending out one of my long time design staff to work with you and create a beautiful custom closet or home organizer system. - Uri Rosenberg, CEO Closet Factory San Francisco Bay Area CLOSET FACTORY Showroom & Factory: Open to the public, 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday and evenings by appointment 1000B Commercial Street , San Carlos, CA 94070 Toll Free: 888-678-6789, Phone: 650-595-9999 Fax: 650-594-9999

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Something Creative for Everyone Located in the heart of Downtown Palo Alto, this treasure trove of art supplies, framing, gifts and stationary, has been providing their customers with all their creative needs along with exceptional customer service for over half a century. Come in and be WOWED! Whether looking for traditional art supplies, photo & ready-made frames, custom framing, or fun and unique gifts, University Art is your one stop shop. In the main store they not only carry art supplies and framing, but a whole array of memory making supplies, journals, stationary, creative papers, portfolios, art books and unique gifts. They have been providing the Bay Area with top quality framing for over 60 years. For the past 16 years, they’ve been voted the “Best Frame Shop” on the Mid-Peninsula. University Art’s custom frame designers are highly experienced, friendly and professional. They do all their custom framing in-house and have the largest selection of ready-made and photo frames in the Bay Area.

Then step into The Annex for high design and contemporary handcrafted accessories. You’ll find sparkling contemporary art glass; beautiful and fun handmade jewelry from artists all over; a delightful selection of luxurious soaps and body lotions and pampering products; gorgeous scarves & wraps; a tantalizing supply of handbags, totes and carrying cases; gift cards and gift wrap; and many more fun and funny unique gifts to pamper yourself or your loved ones. Started in 1948, “UArt” is still a family-owned and operated business that is committed to the communities we serve. While we’ve kept up with the times via our website and online shopping – we never forget the importance of having real people available to personally assist you with all your creative needs. If it’s creative, it’s bound to be here! University Art 267 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. 650.328.3500


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Celebrate the Holidays with Restaurants from Scratch! Let our restaurant family take care of all your holiday needs this year. Short on time? Buy the pie! Order a fresh baked pie for pick up from one of our two Palo Alto Creamery locations. Choose from pumpkin, apple, chocolate pecan, key lime, snow white coconut custard and blueberry. For Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, enjoy a traditional turkey dinner along with our regular menu. Make your reservations now. The Palo Alto Creamery serving 8 am to 4 pm, Reposado & Scratch 12 noon to 9 pm, and Gravity from 2 pm to 10 pm. If you are planning a family or company special event, consider reserving one of our large private dining areas. And don’t forget-Reposado, Scratch, Gravity and our downtown Palo Alto Creamery locations will all be open for business on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Wherever you choose to visit-sit back, relax, and let us afford you the time to enjoy this wonderful time of year. The Palo Alto Creamery, Fountain & Grill is

a Palo Alto landmark serving generations since 1923 and features American classics prepared from scratch in a retro diner ambiance. www. 566 Emerson St. (650) 323-3131 or Stanford Shopping Center (650) 3273141. Reposado features Mexican cuisine prepared and presented using traditional techniques with the knowledge and passion of today. The food, décor, and service are representative of a modern restaurant in the heart of Mexico City. www. (650) 833-3151 Scratch in Mountain View offers a diverse menu rich with the flavors of Contemporary American comfort food in an elegant dining environment. Don’t miss the oyster bar and an extensive selection of unique American spirits. (650)237-3121 Gravity Bistro in downtown Palo Alto pairs an Italian/French influenced menu with an international wine and spirit list. www.gravitywinebar .com (650) 327-3161

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Traditional Turkey Dinners Whole Foods Market’s Traditional Turkey Dinners are as classic as a Norman Rockwell painting. They include all the sides you grew up loving and a Diestel turkey raised on a beautiful farm in Sonora, California. We use all natural ingredients like cage-free eggs and real butter to make our sides and desserts. We never use any funky preservatives or artificial food coloring. Just the good stuff! Ordering couldn’t be easier, just log on to: shop. Place Thanksgiving orders by 11/19 and Christmas orders by 12/22. Our Traditional Turkey Dinner is a great value at just $99.99! This savory meal serves 8 and includes the following: Fully Cooked All Natural Oven Roasted Diestel Turkey (10–12 lbs), Savory Herb Stuffing (4 lbs), Mashed Potatoes (4 lbs), Turkey Gravy (Quart), Classic Cranberry Relish (Pint), Dinner Rolls (Dozen), and a Traditional Pumpkin Pie! Visit us and Happy Holidays!

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Offering an eclectic blend of home decor including elegant bedding, refined tabletop, home decor accents, gifts & jewelry you’ll be sure to find something for everyone. 883 Santa Cruz Ave. Suite 4, Menlo Park, CA 94025 650.391.9458 Holiday Guide 2012 17

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Stanford Continuing Studies: Winter Registration Opens November 28 Stanford Continuing Studies invites you to join our open learning community. Each year, more than 11,000 Bay Area residents take our courses in Liberal Arts & Sciences, Creative Writing, and Professional & Personal Development. We have no formal application process, and all adults are welcome to attend. We are here to help you nourish your mind in the company of Stanford instructions and your fellow students. Our evening classes, weekend workshops, and online courses are scheduled to fit your busy lifestyle. Take courses for pleasure, personal enrichment, or professional development. Earn a grade or credit … or just come for the pleasure of learning. We welcome all adult members of the community — working, retired, or somewhere in between. All courses are taught by notable Stanford faculty, experienced professional, and leaders in their fields.

Featured Courses this Winter: MobileSocial Technologies: Tools for Social Change or Weapons of Mass Distraction? Abstract Expressionism, The Bible Uncensored, The Science of Willpower, Creating Executable Business Strategies and Negotiation Mastery. Winter registration opens November 28 and most classes begin the week of January 9. To view the entire course catalogue, please visit: Stanford Continuing Studies 482 Galvez Mall, Stanford 650.725.2650


Blood donors help people like Casey who required open-heart surgery at age three.

This holiday season, give the gift of life. It’s in your blood!

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Facing Up to The Holidays The Holiday Season, filled with celebrations and events, is often followed by the setting of New Year’s resolutions for how we take care of our bodies, face and skin. Whether it’s a treat you’ve just decided to give yourself or something you’ve been considering for a while, a few simple things can reduce the signs of aging. Dr. Jill Hessler, a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, states that, “The eyes are generally the first place to display signs of aging.� Fortunately, there are a wide variety of treatments available. Botox works very well to erase the crow’s feet and lines between the eyebrows. Lasers and chemical peels can smooth the skin when deeper lines are present, as well as remove signs of sun damage. When under-eye bags are present, surgery is your best option, Dr. Hessler explains.

Dr. Hessler received her training at the University of Michigan and was on the faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine before moving to the Bay Area to start her practice in Palo Alto. Among numerous honors, she was selected again by her peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.� She also serves as director of an international course on rhinoplasty, instructing surgeons on the art of aesthetic nose surgery, and teaches at additional courses on aging face. She has extensive experience in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgery, facelift, rhinoplasty and browlift. She is excited to offer her experience and expertise to private clients in the discreet setting of the newly built Palo Alto office and surgery center at Premier Plastic Surgery. Now is the time to visit Dr. Hessler for your individualized consultation to get you ready for those upcoming holiday events! Dr. Jill Hessler Premiere Plastic Surgery 1795 El Camino Real Suite 200, Palo Alto 650-321-7100





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Inspired Home Décor from The Picket Fence Step inside The Picket Fence showrooms and discover sheer home décor bliss. Unique housewares hand selected from around the world adorn the interiors of both their tabletop & bedding showrooms. Within each space you’ll find a distinctive, diverse offering of elegant bedding, refined tabletop, home décor accents, jewelry and gifts perfectly suited for an intimate holiday shopping experience. Top name brands found at The Picket Fence include Dea linens, Vagabond House tabletop, Vaubel jewelry, Baccarat crystal, and Sarah Oliver handbags. In addition to their in-store offerings, the Picket extends their product line-up via their online store with free shipping on all orders over $100. The Picket Fence 883 Santa Cruz Ave. Suite 4, Menlo Park 650.391.9458

Donate Blood for the Holidays Casey Rockey was diagnosed with a heart condition at six months old and underwent open-heart surgery at age three. Casey’s mom, Deborah, remembers feeling anxious about his surgery but was touched by the number of people who volunteered to give blood. “I was reminded that the blood donors are all individuals who volunteer their time to help those in the community and that really put me at ease.” Casey hasn’t let his heart problems slow him down. The multi-talented young man, now 12, plays piano, violin, and trumpet, and is passionate about sports. Says his proud mother, “He’s alive today because of blood donors.” *** During the holidays, blood supplies run short. Please donate blood so patients may share in the season’s spirit. We’re located in Mountain View, Palo Alto, plus a brand new space opening in December at 445 Burgess Drive in Menlo Park. Call 888-723-7831 or visit


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OnePlace. OneGoal. OneYou. OneWellness is located in downtown Palo Alto. You will receive exceptional services to accommodate your very personal goals. This wellness practice looks at the whole individual through the lens of their trademarked Six Pillars of Health approach: Eat, Breathe, Move, Think, Connect and sleep. If one or more of these six areas are out of balance it can lead to a host of current and future symptoms. StressReliever, HealthyWeigh, VitalityBoost and HormoneBalance are just a few of their packaged signature programs but you may also choose from ala carte services including personal health coaching, nutrition, custom massage, private fitness or yoga, healthy chef services or personal assistant and organizational support. Co-Founders Michele Bell and JosuĂŠ Figueroa have a combined 45 years of experience and their small team have been selected to ensure exceptional delivery and results to their clientele. Schedule a complimentary Intro to OneWellness consultation today. OneWellness Your personal wellness concierge 155 Forest Ave, Palo Alto 650.330.0107

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Voted Best Jewelry and Gift Shop 2012 Shady Lane opened over 35 years ago as a venue to sell our own designs, and we’ve since offered an ever-growing array of artisan-designed gifts from the Bay Area and around the world. Our stunning Trollbeads collection, the original Danish add-a-bead jewelry line, is very much like Shady Lane. . .artisan founded and still owned by the same artists to this day. Everyone says it is superior to all other similar lines. The original is always the best in our view. . .just like Shady Lane. We are deeply thankful to our customers, who have shared their delight in the Shady Lane experience with family and friends. Our stellar Yelp reviews are an example! Please visit our website to see the breadth and beauty of our wonderful offerings and stop by our store to see why we are better than ever! Complimentary gift wrapping is always available. Shady Lane Gifts from the Heart 441 Univervsity Ave., Palo Alto, 650.321.1099

It’s Holiday Time! Celebrate at Scott’s For over twenty years, Scott’s Seafood has been a Palo Alto tradition. Our warm atmosphere and friendly service provide an inviting counterpart to our fresh seafood menu. Scott’s is best known for serving the freshest seafood from local and distant waters as well as USDA prime dry-aged steaks. From our savory clam chowder to Dungeness crab cakes, the flavors burst forth with originality and an Old World charm. Our new menu is modern and contemporary using seasonal ingredients and organic produce. We feature a California wine list and full bar. For a romantic evening, business luncheon or a casual meal with friends before or after a Stanford game, come to Scott’s and let our experience work for you. Scott’s is open seven days a week: Mon-Fri lunch & dinner, Sat & Sun brunch & dinner. We have live music in the bar every Thursday and Friday nights. And don’t miss our daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Scott’s Seafood #1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto 650.323.1555

Imagine giving someone MoreTime, StressRelief or a HealthyWeigh for the holidays! These are just a few of the packaged Signature Programs offered at OneWellness. Health Coaching, Custom Massage, Nutrition, Fitness, Yoga and Personal Assistant services also available ala carte. Visit our website for a complete list of Signature Programs and Services. Receive 15% off your first program or individual service. Scan the QR code or complete online contact form to receive our newsletter.

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German Holiday Market

Weihnachtsmarkt Saturday, December 1, 2012 3pm to 7pm Admission Free GISSV Campus 310 Easy Street Mountain View

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Campo Pizzeria – Palo Alto Campo Pizzeria is a delicious new destination specializing in thin-crust artisan pizza, handmade pasta, and a fresh mozzarella bar. The menu features simple, rustic Italian dishes served in a casual, energetic atmosphere. Reclaimed wood tables, vintage furniture and fixtures, and a large, curved, Italian marble bar convey a modern eatery with a rustic Tuscan spirit. The kitchen is led by the highly acclaimed Executive Chef, Sean O’Brien, named “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine. O’Brien’s career spans nearly two decades, working at leading Bay Area restaurants including Myth, Gary Danko, Acquerello, The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton, Viognier, Fifth Floor and his very own Michelin-recommended Zinnia. Campo, which translates to “field” in Italian, represents the chefs “field-to-table” approach for sourcing only the freshest menu ingredients. The 140seat restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, and is scheduled to open November 2012. 185 University Avenue,

WE CAN MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!! In her early background, Sheleen has had the opportunity to be involved in some great projects including hair and makeup for MTV, as a lead makeup artist and stylist with model and talent agencies and she has trained under some of the most respected names in hair today. For the past ten years Sheleen has been focusing her attention in the art of hair extensions and hair restoration. Through this medium, she has been able to find the ultimate satisfaction of total transformation to add to her full repertoire of talents. She continues to perfect her craft through ongoing education and by adding new and innovative techniques to her skill base. Transformation is her passion. Through a combination of service and personal rapport with the amazing clients she blessed to have pass through her salon, transformation takes place. Something as simple as a flattering haircut by someone that truly cares is enough to make a person feel renewed and revived. A Visionary Salon 408.979.1195

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VALERIE WILSON TRAVEL,INC. Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Valerie Ann Wilson, and Kimberly Wilson Wetty

ALL in the FAMILY Over 30 years ago, Valerie Ann Wilson, an international traveler who had lived overseas, founded a travel consulting firm to offer what she believed was lacking in the industry. . . Firsthand knowledge and dedicated service. With a high regard for personal attention to detail and customer service, Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc., is one of today’s largest private, women-owned, debt-free, and family managed travel consulting firms in the United States. Headquartered in New York City, with an international client base, they currently have 15 offices located throughout the U. S. Today, Valerie Ann Wilson co-owns Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. with her two daughters, Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg and Kimberly Wilson Wetty, who serve as Co-Presidents. All of the Valerie Wilson Travel locations are proud members of Virtuoso®, the world’s premier luxury and experiential travel network comprised of the top travel agencies and the finest travel providers. As an esteemed member of Virtuoso®, VWT can provide our clients with

exclusive programs, value-added benefits, and extra amenities wherever they travel throughout the world. Dedication to their founding principles of integrity, trust, and loyalty has made them an industry leader. Their Power of Access™ guarantees clients exclusive rates, VIP treatment, and exceptional service with preferred partners, including airlines, hotels, resorts & villas, cruise lines, tours, sightseeing guides and other suppliers. They are confident that no matter the purpose or specific need for travel arrangements, VWT will provide the expertise and professionalism to make every trip seamless and troublefree. It is their relationships and leadership that allow them to provide memorable experiences that last a lifetime, as well as offer the most costeffective and productive business trips. Because they believe that, like fingerprints, no two travelers are alike. Experience The Power of Access.™ Travel with us . . .

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IKB Design and Construction

Celia’s Mexican Restaurant

For over twenty years, IKB has been providing award winning design and construction characterized by distinctive detail, aesthetic appeal, utmost functionality, fine craftsmanship and environmental sensibilities. Our unrelenting commitment to on time, on budget, and quality construction ensures a positive and worry-free experience for both our first time and repeat clients.

Our goal is to provide natural and fresh homestyle Mexican food with the best quality. We are proud to be a part of this beautiful community. Your patronage is appreciated. Everyday in Celia’s we make fresh salsa, our tortillas are prepared without lard, our chicken is presented skinless and trimmed, our steak and pork are lean, we prepare all our own salsas, we make fresh guacamole daily, our tamales are handmade daily, we serve both refried and whole beans, and last but not least our margaritas do not come out of a machine, instead our secret mix is made daily. New Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 3:00pm til 7:00pm at bar and patio only !! Thank you very much in advance for being our guest.

Whether you seek a simple yet dramatic room makeover or a substantial remodel or addition, IKB can assist you with all aspects of your project including design, construction, furnishing and accessorizing. Call for Complimentary design consultation. IKB 346 Main St., Los Altos (650) 941-4384 contractors license #667735

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❖ Kitchen & Kitchenettes Available ❖ Complimentary Buffet Breakfast ❖ Free Bicycles For Our Guests 93 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, California 94040 • 650-967-6957 Book online at

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A Charming Palo Alto Childhood Boutique Hotel Near FUNdamentals At Cheeky Monkey Toys, we believe that the Stanford University Experience a charming boutique hotel in beautiful Palo Alto, California. Nestled along Matadero Creek and a lush landscape of gardens and oak trees, the Creekside Inn is a peaceful escape for vacation, business travelers and special events; it’s a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. And yet it is just a few minutes away from Stanford University, Stanford Shopping Center and downtown Palo Alto, with shops, restaurants and art galleries. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, wine tours, golf courses, concert venues and Bay Area attractions, including Shoreline Amphitheater. Get inspired or celebrate in our stylish meeting and event venues, including three meeting spaces atop our tower building with audio/visual equipment, Wi-Fi and creative catering for board meetings to banquets. The perfect Bay Area wedding location, our Palo Alto hotel offers lovely banquet space with views over the lush landscape, as well as beautiful gardens and a rooftop patio for your special events, celebrations and receptions in the Bay Area. For more information, please call the Director of Sales at (650)213-4252.

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Happy Holidays to you all!


Direct (650) 947-4694 Cell (650) 302-4055 DRE# 01255661

Direct (650) 947-4698 Cell (408) 888-7748 DRE# 00978793

FUNdamentals of childhood development start with imaginative and engaging play. That’s why we provide the tools and the toys to aid your child with developing motor skills, cognitive processes, cooperative and independent play, language development, and visual learning. But our products aren’t just meant for children alone! We have a wide range of products for kids and children from newborns to adults - anyone young at heart. Our Knowledgeable staff is always available to help you choose age-appropriate gifts and we offer complimentary gift wrapping. As a locally owned business in Downtown Menlo Park since 1999, we strive to make your shopping experience a joyful one, so come by and see for yourself how the power of play can awaken the untamed mind of your child and awaken the untamed child in your heart. 640 Santa Cruz Ave Menlo Park, CA 650-328-7975

Give a gift that grows‌ Help us preserve our redwood forests. For only $50, we will plant a tree in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and send the recipient an attractive gift card in your name. The perfect gift for the holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and memorials. Dedicated trees, with a personalized nameplate, begin at $500.

Call today or order online

(650) 949-1453





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Preserving redwood forests since 1900 Sempervirens Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonproďŹ t organization. Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Let us help you find an easy, contemporary look for work or play.


165 Main Street ÊUÊ Los Altos 650.917.8900 Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Holiday Hours: Sundays 11/25-12/23 Noon-4pm

Bubble Kids, The new concept in children’s fashions and essentials.

Have a great selection of : Clothes - Toys - Accessories - Gear - Furniture and more... All that you need to make the best Christmas for your little ones. Visit to us at :

220 State St. Suite 1, Downtown Los Altos 650.941.1858 Holiday Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm & Sun 10am - 5pm Like us on Facebook for promotions, updates & events

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SHOE in Midtown, Palo Alto

Let us take care of your shoes so you can rest easy

Happy Holidays to all my clients, friends & family We also sell luggage, handbag, clogs, shoe care products and laces


“High quality food, excellent service and lovely ambiance.” – Palo Alto Weekly

“The best Dim Sum in the Bay Area” – KGO Radio

Open 365 days Parking Available 1700 EMBARCADERO RD. PALO ALTO (at East Bayshore Rd. off Hwy. 101)


2796 Middlefield Road 650.329.8171

I can see your house from here!

10 % Off


(Includes Dim Sum on Carts) (Max. Discount $15)


(Max. Discount $15)

Take-out Not valid on private room dining. Must present coupon. Valid only for orders placed directly with Ming's. Black-out dates may apply. Cannot be combined with other offer. Expires 12/31/12.

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For a Hassle-Free listing of Properties of Interest to you, visit my website No one knows your neighborhood like your neighbor.

KIM COPHER 650.917.7995 DRE #01423875

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Tori Ann Corbett Broker Associate


DRE# 00927794

Seniors Real Estate Specialist ERIKA AMERI












By earning the SRES® Designation, your REALTOR® has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, or selling the family home. Your SRES® has received special training, gets regular updates, and is prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.

Hotel Strata for the Holidays

Join our Extra Savings Club.

Hotel Strata has all the comforts of home with layers of service and amenities. The #1 guest rated Hotel in the South Bay Area, Hotel Strata offers all of the amenities you can think of, plus some others that probably haven’t even occurred to you. Wake up to complimentary hot breakfast and cappuccinos. Take your pick from the pillow menu and enjoy Hotel Strata’s upscale three sheet bedding. Browse through 150 HD channels on the 43”-51” Flat Panel Televisions sets. Take advantage of free bicycles rentals. Work out 24 hours a day in the State Of The Art Fitness center. And enjoy all the comforts of home right here in the mid peninsula with five different room types to offer, from Standard King, King Executive, two bedded rooms, to two different Suites to offer, and some rooms with kitchens or kitchenettes.


Fun For Everyone Since 1930

93 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, 650-967-6957 Book online at

526 Waverley St. Downtown Palo Alto (650) 328-8555

Ladera Garden and Gifts

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Support Local Business

Holiday Desserts and Delights at Douce France A long-time mid-Peninsula favorite meeting place, Douce France has won the Palo Alto Weekly’s “Best Bakery” and “Best Desserts” reader poll honors for the past two years. They make all breads and pastries from scratch at their Redwood City facility using the highest quality ingredients. Since they always strive to provide the best product and service, they pay special attention to all stages of production. Everything-from preparing the dough to the proper baking and presentation- is looked at carefully by their professional and talented bakers. Douce France 104 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Hours: 7-7 Monday-Saturday, 8-4 on Sundays. 650.322.3601 and

The Gift of Intimacy She will feel beautiful and special with your beautiful gift of European lingerie. Ela Lingerie specializes in exquisite lingerie, sleepwear, and hosiery, perfectly fitted to every figure. We are proud to carry the best and for the unique attention given to every customer. For the holidays, many find our superb collection of natural fiber gowns, robes, pajamas and accessories to be the perfect gift. Our imported hosiery is an affordable and unique alternative – and women never have enough of it. Our staff can help you select the perfect style, size, and color from the World’s best designers. We welcome our male customers and provide the time and attention to help you select that perfect gift. For the hard to please, consider one of our gift certificates. We are always delighted to assist you and to ensure that your wife or companion will be delighted with your choice. Ela Lingerie 1139 Chestnut Street, Menlo Park 650.325.2965

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Stanford Continuing Studies

archaeology · architecture · art history · art studio · business · classics · communication creative writing · dance · drama · film · history · languages · linguistics · literature mathematics · music · online writing · performance studies · personal development philosophy · photography · psychology · science · web design

Stanford Continuing Studies offers a broad range of courses in liberal arts & sciences, creative writing, and professional & personal development. Courses are open to all members of the community.

Winter Registration Opens November 26. Most Classes Begin the Week of January 14.

For more information, please visit:

I give from the heart based on my energy-saving values! All our sustainable actions improve the planet, so when you shop, keep in mind that some electronics use more electricity than other appliances or devices. IT’S TRUE. Some televisions use more than 650 kilowatt hours of electricity per year—costing you about $75 annually. Some high definition televisions with a 40-inch or larger screen use more electricity than even a typical refrigerator.* *per Natural Resources Defense Council.

Tips for saving money with electronics: Buy ENERGY STAR® rated equipment. Tablets and laptops use less energy than desktops. Compare energy use between models. Purchase a model with a power saver mode, and set it to this mode BEFORE you wrap it. Disable “Quick Start” options that leave electronics in a constant standby mode. When electronic devices are done charging, unplug the charger. For more ways to save, visit (650) 329–2241

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Shop Miki’s for your Holiday Needs Miki’s Farm Fresh Market

3445 Alma Street, Palo Alto 650-485-8600

Holiday Gift Guide 2012  

The Mountain View Voice's Holiday Gift Guide 2012 special publication.

Holiday Gift Guide 2012  

The Mountain View Voice's Holiday Gift Guide 2012 special publication.