The Palo Alto Daily highlights both national and local news. I recently stopped getting the Mercury News for I found their reporting to be extremely biased and incomplete. The Daily is free of charge at many of the local coffee shops and gives a quick run down of key news worthy events. Since I also listen to the news on radio I find the combination of the daily and radio gives me the info I need and does not frustrate me as much as reading the Mercury News used to.
Just as the Los Altos Town Crier services Los Altos with local news so does the Palo Alto weekly for Palo Alto. Delivered twice weekly, this is a great source for local news, events and real estate. I read this along with the Town Crier on a regular basis.
Receiving this newspaper weekly is perfect. It contains local news that you would not be able to read about anywhere else. Along with the news it has a good calendar of upcoming local events and available real estate in the area.
If I cannot find what I need at a discount store, the Los Atlos Card and Party is always my next stop. They have a good selection of greeting cards for any occasion, party supplies, gift wrap and custom invitations. The section of the store that contains the invitations also has higher end gifts such as pens, small clocks, jewlery and watches. You will pay full price but the convenience is definitely worth it.
Pets In Need is a no-kill adoption facility for homeless and stray pets. They really take good care of the animals they find and make sure to match an entire family to the potential adoption. You cannot adopt a pet here unless every member of the household goes down to the facility for a mini interview. This may seem foolish to some, however it really does allow the interaction between pet and human prior to the adoption and could potentially bring out any real mismatches before it is too late. Try Pets in Need as an alternative to the Humane Society if you are looking to adopt.
I remember not having much to do one day and wondered down to the History Museum. It was absolutely fabulous. The grounds are beautiful and the displays about the history of the town are really good. This is a must see - plan to spend a coule of hours if you want to read through the material on display.
As far as lumber yards go, this one is very high class. You can get more than just lumber - they carry windows, doors and fencing. I have used them for fencing materials and found them extremely helpful.
Although Desire carries sofas, chairs, tables, etc. you will find that their furnishings usually have a different flair about them. They seem to have the decorator touch. The accessories shown on the floor definitely are unique. You should stop by on your next trip down to Los Gatos.
NJB provides good team competition. It is definitely better than YMCA for its rules are closer to that of real play during high school. The coaches are usually volunteer dads who have a real enthusiasm for the game.
This is one of very few galleries that carries David Schneuer paintings. We espcially like his artwork and have many of his pieces at home. The gallery also carries many other artists but the Schneuer's were the highlight for me.