Dancer reflects on experience at international competition

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Katya Panchenko, a student at Mountain View’s Bayer Ballet Academy, traveled to Switzerland earlier this year to participate in a selective international dance competition.

When Katya Panchenko boarded a plane to Montreux, Switzerland, she was on her way to participate in one of the most prestigious international dance competitions, the Prix de Lausanne. She returned to the Bay Area without making the finals, but the classical ballet dancer still called the competition a “great learning experience.”

“Such competitions have taught me how to calm my nerves and connect with the art and audience, which is why I dance,” said the 18-year-old, a student at the Bayer Ballet Academy in Mountain View.

Philanthropy on the fly: Rotary Club takes care of members and those affected by coronavirus

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Members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos deliver food to help the less fortunate suffering through the pandemic.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos, like other service organizations, is improvising in the face of pandemic-induced restrictions.

The club’s Thursday lunches, long a staple for members, are not going to waste. To keep its caterer, Cafe Primavera, in business during the lockdown, Rotarians established a drive-thru meal pickup, are delivering them to members who cannot pick them up and are donating the surplus to the Day Worker Center of Mountain View.

Partnerships produce COVID-19 testing sites in Mountain View


Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian last month unveiled three pending COVID-19 testing sites in Mountain View for county residents.

According to Simitian, plans are in the works for:

Eviction protections extended in Mtn. View

Mountain View City Hall
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A pedestrian and young cyclist pass through Civic Center Plaza beside Mountain View City Hall.

The city of Mountain View has extended its local urgency ordinance suspending evictions for nonpayment of rent for residential tenants.The May 29 city council action extends the eviction protections through Aug. 31.

The action also extends the payback period, which is now 180 days instead of 120 days from the expiration of the urgency ordinance. It extends to mobile home lot renters and can be mediated and enforced locally. 

To get started, tenants must notify landlords of their inability to pay rent within seven days after rent is due and provide proof of hardship from COVID-19 related impacts within 14 days after rent is due. Impacts include decrease in household income caused by layoffs or reduction in work hours. 

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Rotary Club supports woman's efforts to help children during pandemic


When schools shut down two months ago due to the pandemic, Evelyne Keomian said her first concern was how that would impact local kids.

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