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More than just a 'Game' for artist : MVHS alumnus takes fan art from Reddit to Red Bubble

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David Hollin’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired prints are done in the Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock style. Here, the Mother of Dragons.

Mountain View native David Hollin didn’t imagine that his artistic world premiere would come about via a fan art post to Reddit. But the Mountain View High School graduate, 22, made a splash last month as he shared a series of “Game of Thrones”-inspired prints done in the Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock style.

Key scenes from the high medieval fantasy – banquets, battles and processions – transpose to Japan’s Edo era, when samurai lived out the ideals of feudal morality now echoed on the big screen. George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, recast as the vastly popular HBO show, conjure a world akin to medieval Europe. But Hollin saw echoes of his own heritage in the stories. Growing up in a Japanese-American family with annual trips to his mother’s family in Japan, he’d become a fascinated scholar of Edo-era history and art.


Google plan may provide fiber-optic network

The city of Mountain View and Google Inc. have joined forces to offer residents a new connectivity plan.

Over the next few months, city leaders and Google officials will explore the possibility of bringing Google Fiber to Mountain View homes. In the meantime, Google will provide new, free, public, outdoor Wi-Fi to the downtown corridor and will offer a $500,000 technology grant to the city.


Better days are here: MV city officials note spike in building growth

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Mountain View Mayor Chris Clark addresses the state of the city as Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian looks on.

Thanks to an improving economy, local governments are faring better these days after a rough few years of budget cutting.

Representatives from the city of Mountain View and Santa Clara County brought an optimistic outlook to the Feb. 26 “State of the City/County” luncheon sponsored by Chamber of Commerce Mountain View and Yipee. El Camino Hospital hosted the event, held at NASA Ames Conference Center.


Google contributes $50K to Immigrant House restoration

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Immigrant House

Google Inc. recently donated $50,000 to the Mountain View Kiwanis Club, earmarked for the relocation and restoration of Immigrant House, a small historical structure dating from the 1800s.

Originally built as a laborer’s house, the 400-square-foot structure serves as a monument to the early immigrants of the region.


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KMVT offers youth camps

Mountain View’s KMVT 15 community television station has scheduled Studio Production and Claymation camps for youth in April and throughout the summer.

Camps are open to youth ages 10-14.


A quantum leap for campus: MV school offers new way to experience the sciences

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Quantum Campus science instructor Angela Sia, right, supervises an experiment.

What began as a creative experiment has transformed into a school that promotes a new style of education.

Quantum Campus, a program with a location at 2065 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View, strives to fundamentally change the classroom environment by creating interactive, engaging sessions that focus on real-world applications.


Council green-lights new, inclusive veterans memorial

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The Mountain View City Council voted last month to modify the veterans memorial at Eagle Park to honor a broader cross-section of those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The proposed changes include a new plaque and a “buy-a-brick” program.

The Mountain View City Council Jan. 28 gave the unanimous go-ahead to a one-spot-fits-all veterans memorial at Eagle Park.

The plan allocates $70,000 to make changes to the current memorial at Eagle Park – which recognizes only World War II vets – to honor all veterans for their service. Another memorial in Pioneer Park pays tribute to vets from World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam.


Firms to pay $3 million for groundwater cleanup in MV

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with CTS Printex Inc. and ADN Corp. to complete the remaining groundwater contamination cleanup at the CTS Printex Superfund Site in Mountain View.

The companies will spend a total of approximately $2 million on a system to monitor and treat low levels of contaminated groundwater that remain on the site. They will monitor the property to ensure that vapor intrusion – a process where subsurface contaminants volatize and enter the air of overlying buildings – does not impact residents of current or future buildings on the site.


CSMA features Regua abstracts

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Ernest Regua’s abstract artwork is on display at CSMA’s Mohr Gallery through March 30.

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View has scheduled “Imagined Spaces,” an exhibition of paintings by artist Ernest Regua, through March 30 at Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

“Imagined Spaces” features Regua’s abstracts, which explore and challenge the formal ideas of contrasting shapes and colors, in addition to the optical play in the delineation of shapes that reference architecture, cartography and biomorphic forms. The interplay of imagined space reveals both tension and humorous intersections.


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City offers driver’s ed for teens over break

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division has scheduled a Driver Education for Teens class 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 21 at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.

Teens are required to take the course before obtaining a California driver instruction permit. Class does not include behind-the-wheel instruction. Students must attend all sessions to receive a completion certificate.


CSMA welcomes Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra is scheduled to perform 7 p.m. Thursday at the Community School of Music and Arts’ Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The orchestra will perform an interactive program that highlights period instruments and the history behind the music. The program will encourage audience participation and include demonstrations of each type of stringed instrument.


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