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How can each one of us help end homelessness in our community? Dear Community friends, My interest in homeless issues began when a good friend of mine became homeless and I couldn’t help him, and grew when Dr. Lars Osterberg and Dr. Don Barr visited Palo Alto University Rotary Club to tell us about the new healthcare clinic that they had opened at the Opportunity Center. When they surveyed the homeless in our community and asked them what they were most afraid of…it was not that they had no food and not that they did not have a place to live…but the way that people looked down on them. I realized that day that though I could not personally end homelessness, I could start becoming a part of the solution right away in a very easy way. Just by treating the people who I once ignored or looked down at with dignity…acknowledging the unhoused community members with a smile, a nod of the head or a friendly greeting. This really does make a difference! In the past four years I have become more involved in local homeless issues. I have served on the Board of Directors of Peninsula HealthCare Connection(PHC) and I am the director of the Downtown Streets Team Mentor Program. PHC is a small

250 square foot State Licensed Free Community clinic located inside the Opportunity Center which provides free Primary Care and mental health care to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The DST Mentor Program provides a way for community members to spend an hour a week of one on one time with a person emerging from homelessness. Being a mentor for the past two years to Evan Davis is one of the most gratifying experiences I have had in my life. Please consider joining me in becoming a part of the solution to homelessness right here in our community. To find out more about Peninsula HealthCare Connection and to make a tax deductible donation visit Good health is a key cog in the wheel to ending homelessness. For more information about joining the DST Mentor Program send an email to me at Have a healthy, happy and safe holiday season, Sincerely, Carol Garsten Nature Gallery (

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A Holiday Treat for the Family Baby, it’s cold outside but it’ll sizzle around the Bay Area when Smuin Ballet kicks off the holidays with its 2011 edition of THE CHRISTMAS BALLET. The two distinct acts, Classical Christmas and Cool Christmas, are filled to the brim with an eye-catching array of ballet, tap, and jazz, celebrating every imaginable holiday flavor from serene and spiritual, hilarious and hopeful, to downright ready to party. The 2011 Edition includes two world premieres from acclaimed Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Robert Sund to accompany time-honored favorites. An ever-changing carousel of mischief and elegance, THE CHRISTMAS BALLET has a diverse set of seasonal offerings that satisfies all tastes. THE CHRISTMAS BALLET, 2011 EDITION will unwrap two world premieres, including one from Amy Seiwert for Classical Christmas, set to Mannheim Steamroller’s medley of “Patapan/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” A former dancer with

Smuin Ballet, Seiwert has been choreographing since 1999 and has won numerous awards and critical accolades. Robert Sund’s soulful addition to Cool Christmas is set to gospel diva Mahalia Jackson’s recording of “Oh, Holy Night.” Sund began his career as a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Moving on to dance with San Francisco Ballet, he performed soloist and principal roles under the tenure of Michael Smuin, and later Helgi Tomasson. Upon retirement from dancing, Mr. Sund began his career as a choreographer and guest teacher of international acclaim. He has been invited to guest teach and create original works for companies such as Netherlands Dance Theater, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Stuttgart Ballet, ABT Studio Company, the National Ballet of Norway, as well as numerous companies around the United States. He recently worked with director Philip Kaufman on the upcoming HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn.

Chef Chu’s – Always a Winner For more than 42 years, Chef Chu’s has set the standard for fine Chinese dining in the Bay Area. Consistent quality, personal service and value for the money, has helped make Chef Chu’s one of Los Altos’ most popular dining out spots. Chef Chu’s has received many accolades for its authentic, tempting dishes. Specializing in cuisine from the four most famous Chinese gastronomic regions – Sichuan, Beijing, Shanghai and Canton-the menu includes such delicious choices as baked misoglazed sea bass, wok-seared tangerine beef, and potstickers, fresh-made daily. The restaurant offers a full bar, extensive wine list, catering, banquets and gourmet food to go available; Open daily for lunch and dinner. 8 Holiday Guide 2011

“The secret to longevity in the restaurant business is treating everyday like Grand Opening Day!” –Chef Lawrence C. Chu The restaurant was opened in 1970. Chef Larry C. Chu, opened with a creative flair and first-hand knowledge of the regional cuisine of China and his dedication to using only the highest quality ingredients. He is also a renowned cookbook author, lecturer and media personality. He is the author of Chef Chu’s Distinctive Cuisine of China (Harper & Row, 1983). Chef Chu’s 1067 N. San Antonio Rd. (at El Camino Real) Los Altos 650 948-2696

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 15 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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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 ZZZFORVHWIDFWRU\FRP


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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Enjoy a special holiday dinner at Sundance

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Sundance The Steakhouse is an upscale, legendary steakhouse, family owned and operated for over 35 years, is a Palo Alto institution. The USDA Prime-aged, Certified Angus Beef is a real meat-lover’s treat. Enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib, the specially aged New York striploin, or the tender filet mignon in their candlelit mahogany dining room. The seafood and shellfish are always fresh; savor a Western Australian lobster tail or succulently prepared scallops and gulf prawns. The cozy fireplace lounge is ideal for sipping martinis and other classic vintage cocktails. Additionally, the menu is supported by a nationally recognized wine list with over 450 global selections. Sundance The Steakhouse 1921 El Camino Real Palo Alto 650.321.6798

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Our baskets are custom made and include an abundant array of the world’s finest foods and wines, wrapped and decorated for a picture perfect presentation. A huge selection is available at the store. Baskets start at $79.95

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Our goal is to help you realize your vision. Whether you are in the beginning stages of your design planning or need help with the fininishing touches, Windows and Beyond will help guide you to find the right window coverings, draperies and accent pieces that will perfectly reflect your lifestyle, personality,taste and budget. Since 1990, Windows & Beyond has helped create beautiful living spaces for thousands of Bay Area clients. We offer expert help with window treatments, color consultations, and assistance with furniture and accessory selections to make a house your home. Windows and Beyond is a Hunter Douglas Gallery Dealer. We carry all of the latest innovative products from Hunter Douglas. We also sell and repair Hunter Douglas window coverings. We have two locations to serve our Bay area customers: 10% off purchase of a Gift Cerificate.

Dish all you want -- What happens on the dish - stays on the dish! Or at least that’s the way we see it Get the shirt Get moving So much to discuss, you may need to take 2 laps. Check out our website at www.confidential The perfect gift -- And don’t worry, we won’t tell – it’s confidential!

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Farm to table fresh 4290 Bistro & Bar is a casual dining spot in the historic Crowne Plaza Cabanas in Palo Alto. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, 4290 features contemporary American brasserie-style cuisine with an emphasis on “Farm to Table” freshness, using only local ingredients prepared in an simple, unpretentious manner. American cooking — food that is simultaneously sophisticated and approachable, familiar, yet new. The culinary talent at 4290 Bistro & Bar is Chef Charles Crossley. Chef Charles has recently been with the Paragon Restaurant in the Claremont Hotel. He has created unique dining experiences for our guests and our visitors with a commitment to serve what is fresh and best. 4290 Bar features a wide range and selection of hand-shaken signature cocktails and also has outdoor patio dining available, a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing environment with plenty of space for your party to mix, mingle, or network. Please call (650) 628-0145 or book reservations online with open table at www.opentable. com/4290-bistro-reservations-palo-alto 4290 Bistro & Bar at The Crowne Plaza Cabana 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650.628.0145

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Unfold Your Passion With Fashion Celebrating its seventh year in Palo Alto, Fashion Passion is on a mission to bring you the latest in stylish European fashion. This years’ Fall/Winter collection includes a wide range of designers such as Oblique, Fred Sabatier, 2026, and Samuel Dong, to name just a few. We are especially thrilled to be the only California boutique to present Italian designer Luisa Spagnoli, a favorite of fashionable European women including Sophia Loren and Kate Middleton. Fashion Passion’s diverse collections include outfits ranging from casual jeans to dresses to business attire that will fit any age and budget. With the gift-giving season just around the corner, come in and let us help you choose something wonderful. We have exquisite jewelry, bags, and scarves by Rosselini, Olga Berg, Barbara Milano many others that will light up your holidays. Come in and tell us who you are and let us help find your style. Fashion Passion Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto 650.328.3030

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Us Beautiful fine jewelry and diamonds at great prices. Jewelry stores usually mark up 2, 3, even 4 times. We do not! All of our product is consigned and priced at resale value. Buy with comfort and without intimidation. No commissioned employees.



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Palo Alto Dental Wellness

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“If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your mouth should be the door to your heart.� We think of the mouth as the key to a loving kiss, an attractive smile and enjoying a meal. The mouth also provides information about your health, including heart disease. Many people don’t give oral care the attention it deserves, bypassing the dentist until there is a problem. Palo Alto Dental Wellness, a family dental practice located in Midtown Palo Alto, is THE place to take of care of your dental health. A truly unique experience awaits you. From the moment you step in, you will notice the surrounding tranquil atmosphere, complete with refreshment bar, calming music and aromatherapy. Dr. Singh and her team offer comfortable, health-centered dentistry by promoting the concept of dental wellness and focusing on the mouth-body connection. The goal is to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long term dental health and a beautiful smile.

With happiness as both the journey and the destination, Erin MacGeraghty designs jewelry to be as bold and as fun as you are. Her designs are often whimsical, often daring, and are always aimed towards being an outward expression of your exceptional personality. By selecting only the finest materials and working with some of the best crafts people in the world, from California to Spain to Tibet, MacGeraghty designs jewelry that cannot be found anywhere else. Visit Erin Mac Jewelry to have Erin design a piece of jewelry which is as vibrant as your inner self, or find the design which has been waiting to bring out the inner beauty of that special someone this holiday season.

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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

Tips for Energy-Smart Holiday Gifts from CPAU The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department (CPAU) is owned by the Palo Alto community it has been serving for over 110 years. Palo Alto residents retain local budget and operational control over their electric, natural gas, water, sewer and garbage collection services. Residents and businesses alike enjoy prompt maintenance, repair and service from field crews and a customer service center focused on specific Palo Alto needs. CPAU aims to provide all of its customers— residential and business—with reliable, environmentally-sound service at the lowest possible cost. By investing in sustainable energy, we’re moving closer to a future in which Palo Alto is powered by energy from wind, sun and other non-greenhouse gas producing resources. In the short term, it also means minimizing our impact on the environment and maintaining clean air and water for future generations. This holiday season, CPAU encourages you to think about the long-term costs of the presents you purchase for family and friends. Electronics play an increasingly larger role in your

home’s energy consumption and are estimated to be 15% of household electricity use. Many electronics products use energy even when switched off! Look for the ENERGY STAR® rating on any electronics you purchase this year. Equipment that has earned this certification helps save energy when off, while maintaining important and useful features. After presents are unwrapped, remember to save energy by unplugging battery chargers or power adapters when the items are not in use----that includes your phone, tablet or e-reader chargers! Also, use a power strip for as many electronics as possible so you have an easy, central “turn off” point when done using or charging them. Learn more about CPAU and the programs, services and information resources available to the Palo Alto community. Visit www. or call (650) 329-2241. 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto 650.329.2241 Holiday Guide 2011 25

Transform your backyard

BK Collections for Unique Holiday Gifts

Since 1997, Terra Teak and Garden is the Bay Area’s largest teak importer offering customers the best value for quality teak. Four locations in the Bay Area. Terra Teak is the largest dealer in the country for Alleyoop trampolines and the exclusive distributor for Backyard Adventures in northern California: Backyard Adventures can turn your backyard into an adventure. Our premium line of cedar wood play sets and swing sets are sturdy, durable, and available with unlimited configurations and. Order early to guarantee delivery and set up by the holidays. Trampolines are a great way to have fun while getting exercise. AlleyOop trampolines emphasize safety and quality first. Five models available, ranging from entry level to advanced, including safety nets. Accessories include basketball sets.

Years of experienced and selective purchasing have given BK Collections the reputation of being a uniquely different gift and jewelry shop on the Peninsula. Just in time for the holidays, the store is filled with exciting collections from Christopher Radko (hand-blown glass ornaments, snow globes), Krinkles by Patience Brewster, German nutcrackers, Firefly Jewelry, Silver Seasons and Table Arts. Many museum stores carry BK’s own line of jewelry designed with semi-precious and jade stones (visit The store also features Annieglass by Santa Cruz artist Ann Morhauser and Michael Aram tableware from New York. Must-see works are the museum-quality Tang and Ming terracotta sculptures dating back to 200 B.C. Owner Belinda Chung and her friendly staff offer personal and knowledgeable service in a welcoming setting that’s truly a shopper’s delight.

Terra Teak and Garden 1064 W. El Camino, Mtn. View * 650.969.2200

BK Collections 342 State St Los Altos 650.948.0198

Brighten Your Holidays at Shreve Jewelers Stanford Shopping Center Shreve & Co. was established in 1852 just four years after the discovery of gold in the California hills. The oldest retail business in San Francisco and oldest jeweler in California, Shreve was the only jeweler to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire. After the deaths of the two intrepid Shreve brothers, the store was incorporated as Shreve & Co. in 1894, with George Rodman, the son of George Shreve, as president and partner Albert J. Lewis as the majority stockholder. The store now stood on Market Street, across from the Grand Palace Hotel. Stately carriages rolled by with women adorned in feathers and finery...their escorts clad in top hats and waistcoats. Fashion of the day dictated that men wear wide cravats accented by diamonds and gold stickpins. Women wore many pieces of fine jewelry — brooches, necklaces, rings... and many bejeweled bracelets on each wrist. The style setters of this era lived in opulence. The mines, railroads and rich farmlands had spawned a new wealth on San Francisco’s Gold Coast. 26 Holiday Guide 2011

An independent, family-owned and operated full-service jeweler, Shreve has two locations: one on the corner of Post and Grant in The City and the other in the Stanford Shopping Center. Shreve & Co. carries watch brands Patek Philippe, Rolex, IWC, Omega, Panerai and Lange & Sohne; and jewelry brands Hearts on Fire, Mikimoto, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, and Wellendorff. “I have a great staff with over a hundred years of experience collectively to help you make the right decision whether you are looking for a diamond engagement ring or a fine timepiece,” says Stanford Shopping Center Manager George Bentley, “and our selection is the best in the Bay Area.” Shreve & Co. Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto 650.327.2211

Come Join the Family!

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT 2010 -Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, & Palo Alto Daily


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A Street Bike Named Desire

It’s Holiday Time! Celebrate at Scott’s

Desire??? Because you will have a hard time selecting from the chic European City Bike collection that this new lifestyle bicycle boutique in Town & Country Village offers. Since June, 2011, it has attracted customers throughout the greater Bay area and beyond looking to get out of their cars in order to scoot around town. The colorful folding Bromptom bikes from England are especially in demand for commuters due to their ease in folding and compactness. Pashelys, also handmade in England, offer a quintessential experience to the dedicated rider. In addition, you will find Pilens, the work cycle from Sweden, and the Retrovello from Germany which offers a luxurious ride on a beautiful retro city bike. Cargo bikes include the Christiana and the Nicola, both from Denmark, where city biking is a way of life. The Xtracycle also offers extra space to outfit up to two child seats or large cargo space for groceries or other needs. Electric bikes include Ecobike and Bionx.

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.

A Street Bike Named Desire #16 Town & Country Village Palo Alto 650-323-2453

Scott’s Seafood #1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto 650.323.1555

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Monday thru Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm Dinner Only

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Fun For Everyone Since 1930

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

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

Voted Best Jewelry and Gift Shop 2011 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

Experience the taste of Sicily Authentic Italian Cuisine for all occasions in our exclusive Italian-style piazza Three Private Dining Rooms available for your Holiday Entertaining ’Tis The Season Special: FREE Gelato w/Dinner! Reservations: or Call 650.328.0407 200 Sheridan Avenue, Palo Alto 650.328.0407 | Holiday Guide 2011 29


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Childhood FUNdamentals At Cheeky Monkey Toys, we believe that the 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

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Buy The Pie! Let The Palo Alto Creamery and our family of restaurants help with your holiday needs. Order a fresh baked pie from one of our two Palo Alto Creamery locations to pick up for Thanksgiving and all of your holiday celebrations. Choose from pumpkin, apple, chocolate pecan, and blueberry. Or consider key lime pie and perhaps our wonderful snow white coconut custard cake. For a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, Reposado is open for dinner 11:30 am to 9 pm featuring a four course prix fixe menu. See our ad for details. Whether a fresh baked pie from the Creamery, dinner at Reposado, relaxing with friends and family over a glass of wine at Gravity, or brunch at Scratch, let us afford you the time to enjoy this wonderful time of year. Consider reserving one of our private dining areas for your family or company’s special event. Restaurants From Scratch is a family of restaurants consisting of the Palo Alto Creamery with bakery, Reposado, Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar, and Scratch in Mountain View.

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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, decor, and service are representative of a modern restaurant in the heart of Mexico City. www. (650) 833-3151 Scratch in Mountain View features American comfort food in a warm elegant dining room with an oyster bar and an extensive selection of American spirits. (650) 237-3121 Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar in downtown Palo Alto pairs Italian/French influences to the menu with an international wine and spirit list. (650) 327-3161


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Shop Olive 24/7 from home!

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

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Less is more The jewelry and clothing at Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories are inspired by contemporary European fashion and Japanese philosophy, which share the common aesthetics of minimalism, purity, and simplicity. These aesthetics are woven throughout Schneider’s pieces, so that each gem, metal, and thread is emphasized to its fullest extent, and falls in perfect balance with its completed design. Edith Schneider has also had over 20 years experience in designing and constructing custom jewelry, and can repair any piece of damaged jewelry to its former brilliance. “I love colors and shapes. I am fascinated by reducing colors and shapes to a minimum to bring the most out of them.” – Edith Schneider Experience the harmony and beauty of Edith Schneider’s designs for yourself by visiting her studio at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, and find a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special in your life. Edith Schneider. Allied Arts Guild 75 Arbor Rd, Menlo Park. 650.327.2545

Wine and specialty food experts Draeger’s Market has been catering to the distinctive tastes of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1925, earning a reputation for providing the very best food and wine from around the world. Draeger’s offers Specialty and Natural Foods, 300 varieties of Specialty Cheeses, Organic Produce, a broad selection of Bakery and Delicatessen products made fresh in their own kitchens every day, a full butcher shop and over 2500 domestic and imported wines. Party Trays are available. Awards include National Retailer of the Year for Wines and Spirits, 2010 Marketer Award for Lamb, and Reader’s Choice for Best Grocery Store. For holiday gift giving, the Home Department offers a wide variety of quality culinary tools, cookware, cook books and other accoutrements of the table. Food and Wine Gift baskets, Gift Cards and Gift Registry are available in the store or online. Draeger’s Market 1010 University Dr., Menlo Park. 650.324.7700

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. When Ana Rosa and her seven-month-old son, Brandon, arrived in Palo Alto, it had been less than 24 hours since they had received the news the baby had a brain tumor. After a whirlwind of emergency tests and procedures, they found themselves trying to comprehend what was going on and how they would cope. For two weeks, Ana Rosa did not leave her son’s bedside. Once it was clear that Brandon was responding well to treatment, she checked in to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. In a state of shock, she asked herself, “Now what am I going to do?” She soon learned the House would help her find the answer, especially through the other parents and children staying there. “You truly

get to know the other families,” she explained, “and you become one big family.” For Ana Rosa, everything about the House has been helpful— from the relationships she’s developed to the proximity to the hospital. She’s enjoyed scrapbooking and massages, activities that helped reduce her stress. “I didn’t realize how tight my neck and shoulders were, until the massage,” she recalled, “when the therapist touched me, the stress melted away.” When severe illness strikes, it isn’t just the patient who is affected. For families whose child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, their whole world can feel like it’s falling apart. Designed to offer seriously ill children the best chance for recovery, the House is the safety net families need. For Ana Rosa and Brandon, the House provided the stability and respite mom needed, and within six months the little one was well enough to return home. Holiday Guide 2011 33

Winter Registration Welcome to Opens November 28 Caffe Riace!

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 instructors 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 professionals, and leaders in their fields. Winter registration opens November 28 and most classes begin the week of January 9. To view the entire course catalogue, please visit:

Stop by and experience a taste of Sicily, from the menu to the wine and charming atmosphere. Caffe Riace is the perfect venue for wedding receptions, business meetings, graduations and special events. Outdoor Dining: Come experience the ambiance of Sicily while you wine and dine in Caffe Riace’s gorgeous outdoor dining area. Indoor Dining: Caffe Riace offers plenty of indoor dining, so when the weather is not to your liking you can still enjoy our 5 star menu. Free Private Dining Rooms: If you’re looking for an intimate dining experience, Caffe Riace offers free private dining rooms that accommodate up to 20 guests. Perfect for family dining, business meetings or secluded romantic evenings. Caffe Riace 200 Sheridan Ave, Palo Alto 650-328-0407 Stanford Continuing Studies 482 Galvez Mall, Stanford 650.725.2650

La Bodeguita del Medio La Bodeguita del Medio opened in 1997, bringing the fresh, delicious flavors of Cuban and Caribbean cuisine to Palo Alto. Since then, the restaurant has become a local favorite for its friendly, inviting atmosphere and its lunch and dinner menus that feature tasty appetizers, flavorful Cuban-inspired entrées and spectacular desserts. In addition to popular items like empanadas, Graycliff chowder, pork masitas and ropa vieja, La Bodeguita creates specials featuring fresh seafood and modern interpretations of classic Cuban and Caribbean dishes. La Bodeguita’s wine list offers selections from California, Spain and around the world. The full bar features classic Cuban cocktails as well as an extensive variety of sipping rums that pair beautifully with dessert or can be enjoyed in the comfort of the restaurant’s divan. La Bodeguita is a great place to meet friends and family for lunch, dinner or a mojito. We hope to see you during the holidays! La Bodeguita del Medio 463 California Ave., Palo Alto. 650.326.7762 34 Holiday Guide 2011

PlanToys Celebrating 30 years of making a difference in the lives of children around the world. For three decades, PlanToys has been committed to using eco-friendly materials to create toys that support each step of a child’s development. All of our products are manufactured with organic, kiln-dried, reclaimed rubber wood, water-based dyes and non-formaldehyde glue in a factory that is powered by biomass and solar energy. Our packaging is recycled and recyclable and printed with soy ink. It is PlanToys’ firm belief that our responsibly manufactured wooden toys will lead to a better future for everyone. PlanToys can also be purchased at these retailers: Adventure Toys and Teacher Supplies, Los Altos Automobuild, Los Gatos Los Gatos Baby, Los Gatos The Wooden Horse, Los Gatos Cheeky Monkey Toys, Menlo Park Ambassador Toys, Palo Alto Live Greene, Palo Alto University Art Center, Palo Alto The Reading Bug, San Carlos Treehouse in the Glen, Willow Glen Whole Foods – Select Locations Thank you for shopping local!

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Stop by the PlanToys Store with this ad and receive a free gift with any purchase of $30 or more. Also, come check out our holiday corner for other special offers.

The PlanToys Store 508 University Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301 650-326-9070 Holiday Hours: Sun - Mon 12 - 6, Tues - Sat 10:30 - 6

Style for your windows, savings for you. With their beautiful colors, fabrics and designs, Hunter Douglas window fashions are always a smart choice for creating inviting, attractive spaces. And now through December 12, 2011, mailin rebates let you enjoy select styles at a savings of $25 to $300 per unit.* Purchase and install energy-efficient Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades before the end of this year, and you may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $500.** Ask us for details. Clockwise from top left: Silhouette® Window Shadings, Luminette® Privacy Sheers, Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades, Skyline® Gliding Window Panels

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The great outdoors inspires me to choose energy–saving holiday gifts. 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. 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

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide  

The Palo Alto Weekly's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide special publication.

2011 Holiday Gift Guide  

The Palo Alto Weekly's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide special publication.