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Pet Pause: Hot dogs – how to avoid heatstroke in your pets


The weather in this area is as perfect as it gets for being outdoors at any time of day, on any day of the year. So when warm weather comes, the effects on our pets can come as a surprise, especially on a midday hike in the hills or traveling to a warmer area.

Mountain View Community Center redo begins next month, runs through 2019

Rendering courtesy of city of Mountain View
The city of Mountain View plans to expand its community center, adding 6,000 square feet to the facility and a new social hall accommodating up to 250 guests.

The city of Mountain View is scheduled to begin renovating the Mountain View Community Center Monday.

In preparation for the project, the community center is set to close Saturday and reopen in early 2019, according to city officials.

Human trafficking prevalent in Bay Area, speaker tells Kiwanis Club

Courtesy of Frances Byrne
Concert pianist John Baeg is set to headline a concert fundraiser for Freedom House Aug. 26 at Bridges Commmunity Church in Los Altos.

While many local residents don’t see it here, human trafficking occurs throughout the Bay Area, Frances Byrne of Freedom House told members of the Los Altos Kiwanis Club last week.

Pet Pause: Cat care: Keep your feline from becoming overweight and diabetic


One of the common problems we see with cat care is that they are overweight and, in extreme cases, diabetic.

LifeMoves benefit in Los Altos Hills draws nearly 100 people

A benefit to support homeless veterans in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties raised thousands of dollars last month in Los Altos Hills, according to organizers.

The July 18 event, a benefit for the nonprofit LifeMoves, drew approximately 90 people, CEO Bruce Ives said. It was held at the home of LifeMoves members Diane and Stephen Ciesinski.

Painting serves as escape for local Iranian-born artist

Iranian-born artist Pari Ram stands beside her painting “Bazaar” in her Mountain View apartment. Painting was one of her only escapes during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Her works are on display in Palo Alto this week. Nate Nickolai/Town Crier

Painting was one of Pari Ram’s only escapes during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Increasing political turmoil had already forced her husband to flee Tehran, where the couple lived, leaving Ram alone to face an overbearing government within an oppressive Iranian society.

Yet despite Iraqi air force bombardments and a stifling cultural atmosphere, the Mountain View resident continued to paint, participating in three art exhibitions before escaping to Germany in 1987 and eventually to the United States in 1989. Ram still paints and exhibits her work, with her next show scheduled to open today in Palo Alto.

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