Annual Obon Festival scheduled this weekend

Courtesy of Margaret Abe
More than 400 dancers participate in the Mountain View Buddhist Temple’s annual Obon Festival and Bazaar. This year’s event is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple on Shoreline Boulevard. Haley Sawamura of Los Altos, left, and her friends Alison Takahashi and Deanna Okuno dance in the Bon Odori at last year’s festival.

The ancient Buddhist tradition of honoring ancestors’ spirits reappears annually through Obon festivals throughout the world. The Mountain View Buddhist Temple is scheduled to celebrate the traditional mid-summer holiday with the Obon Festival and Bazaar 4-10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday on the temple grounds, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The Mountain View Temple invites local residents – Buddhist and nonBuddhist alike – to mark the two-day holiday festival and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Japanese culture.


Save the Date

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Aug. 11-17

The Lively Foundation International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley at Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St. The festival includes workshops in technique, repertory and classes. Information: 969-4110 or livelyfoundation.org/wordpress.


Senior Center Happenings

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

For reservations and more information, call 947-2797 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.


Linden Tree concert series scheduled through Aug. 13

The Linden Tree Books Summer 2014 Concert Series is underway in downtown Los Altos. Performances are slated 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 13 at Linden Tree, 265 State St.

Event manager Dee Ellman said the concert series is a way to connect with the community. Although admission is free, Ellman encourages attendees to donate a book to benefit Reading Partners, a local literacy organization that matches one-on-one tutors with students who have fallen behind in reading.


Community Briefs

BAT training scheduled

A Block Action Team (BAT) training session is scheduled 6-9 p.m. July 29 in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The mission of BAT, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to respond in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, band together to prevent crime, assist seniors and organize social events.


Community Briefs

Landscape designer discusses drought

Landscape designer Deva Luna is scheduled to discuss “Your Lawn Is Dead, Now What?” 7 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Luna will address how to survive the drought and create a water-wise garden via a variety of no-lawn landscaping styles and ideas. Her presentation will cover removing a lawn, selecting climate-adapted native plants and qualifying for landscape rebates.


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