Mountain View on the Move

MV parade: Annual event billed as downtown family affair

Last year’s Downtown Family Parade featured dancing, above, and a vintage car display, left. This year’s parade boasts the theme “Sail into Summer!” Town Crier File Photos

The city of Mountain View’s Community Services Department has scheduled its 36th Annual Downtown Family Parade noon Saturday on Castro Street.

More than 50 local groups are slated to march to this year’s theme, “Sail into Summer!”


MV company lends a hand: Microsoft employees beautify Overfelt High on Global Youth Service Day

Volunteers for Youth Service Day are, from left, Overfelt High Principal Vito Chiala, Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft Corp., Toni Burke of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley and Chris Funk, superintendent of the East Side Union High School District.

Dozens of employees at Microsoft Corp. in Mountain View participated in City Year’s Global Youth Service Day April 12, joining more than 200 volunteers in a service project to beautify San Jose’s Overfelt High School.

Overfelt has one of the highest dropout rates in the Bay Area, with only 75 percent of students earning a diploma.


MV Chamber honors top women professionals


Chamber of Commerce Mountain View recognized professional women making a difference at the 23rd annual ATHENA Award and the fifth annual ATHENA Young Professional Award ceremony and luncheon Thursday.

Jessica Nowaski, a captain with the Mountain View Police Department, received this year’s ATHENA Award. The organization honored Davida Brooks, marketing coordinator of Sum of All Numbers, with the Young Professional ATHENA Award.


CSMA, Whisman school district present Choral Fest at Shoreline

Courtesy of CSMA
Choral Fest features students from the Mountain View Whisman School District’s nine elementary- and middle-school choruses. Each school group will sing one song on the Shoreline stage.

The Mountain View Whisman School District and the Community School of Music and Arts are scheduled to present the 13th Annual Choral Fest, “Sing, Snap & Swing,” 5-8 p.m. May 12 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.

Gates and concessions will open at 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.


Youth encouraged to create mosaic tiles for new Teen Center

The city of Mountain View’s Recreation Department is recruiting youth to participate in designing and creating a mosaic-tile art piece for the new Mountain View Teen Center, scheduled to open in the fall.

Three events are scheduled for young artists to express their creativity and assist with the project.


Rancher Niman discusses ethics of meat production at POST lecture Monday

Author, attorney and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman is scheduled to discuss the ethics of producing meat 8 p.m. Monday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Niman’s presentation is the second in this year’s Wallace Stegner Lectures, offered annually by Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). Founded in 1977, POST is a private, nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and caring for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley.


Local organizer receives 'Must Follow' accolades from BlogHer


Online media company BlogHer named the Mountain View-based Kuzak’s Closet one of its "Must Follow Monday Organizing Bloggers."

Kuzak’s Closet, a professional organizing service run by Los Altos resident Amanda Kuzak, received recognition for its weekly series “8 Weeks to Home Organization Bliss.” The do-it-yourself weekly blog posts featured motivational tips, tricks and before and after photos for readers to follow at home.


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Packard joins KMVT 15 board

KMVT 15 Silicon Valley Community Media recently elected former Los Altos Mayor Ron Packard to its board of directors.

Packard, a practicing attorney for more than 40 years, is president of Packard, Packard & Johnson, P.C., in downtown Los Altos. He also co-founded and is chairman of the board of directors for Marich Confectionery.


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

Courtesy of David Hollin
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

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
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.


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