Mountain View's summer activities are back with a bang this year, beginning with the first Thursday Night Live tonight, July 8. Every other Thursday between 5 and 9 p.m. during July and August, Castro street will be a venue for live music, a Farmer's Market and family activities, sponsored by the Central Business Association.
Coinciding with Mountain View's Summer Concert Series, the Thursday Night Live events will feature four local bands playing live music at Castro and Dana streets: The Sun Kings on July 8; Finding Stella on July 22; the Shanks on Aug. 5; and the Spazmatics on Aug. 19.
Thursday Night Live is also aligned with a new statewide effort this year, the "Parks Make Life Better" campaign. Through various programs and events, the city hopes to spread the word about the benefits of parks.
"Parks are a wonderful gathering place. They're an opportunity for people, as a family or group, to enjoy many different things," says city Recreation Manager Regina Maurantonio.
There will be a "Parks Make Life Better" booth at tonight's Thusday Night Live to kick off the campaign. Maurantonio says there will be an Astroturf mini-park set up on Castro Street with activities for families.
The city also invites the community to enjoy the parks under the stars at this summer's Outdoor Movie Night Series. Maurantonio says this year's screenings will have a bigger screen and better sound, with the usually family-friendly atmosphere. She recommends that people bring lawn chairs and arrive early to get a good seat. Movies being shown this year are:
July 16 at Cuesta Park -- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
July 23 at Eagle Park -- School of Rock (PG-3)
July 30 at Crittenden Park -- Kicking and Screaming (PG)
Aug 6 at Sylvan Park -- Matilda (PG)
Aug 13 at Rengstorff Park -- Over the Hedge (PG)
Aug 20 at Whisman Park -- Up (PG)
More information about "Parks Make Life Better" is available through the recreation office at (650) 903-6331. For inquiries about Thursday Night Live, or if you wish to participate, contact Julie Smiley at (650) 964-3395.