Mountain View Voice

News - May 13, 2011

Community briefs

Deer Hollow tours

Deer Hollow Farm's educational tours, the last of the season, will take place on Saturday, May 21.

During a half an hour tour, visitors can spend time with Luna the cow, goats, pigs, rabbits, sheep, ducks and chickens; see the farm's new babies — lambs, kids, piglets, and chicks; and learn about homestead farming.

Tours also offer an opportunity to visit the animals inside their pens. The award-winning short film "Lessons of the Land," about Deer Hollow's history, will be shown.

"When my parents moved here, it was not Silicon Valley, it was a farming country. This farm is one of the few places where we still get this 'country' feeling," Gail Nakamura of Los Altos said about Deer Hollow.

All proceeds from the tours and gift purchases benefit the farm through Friends of Deer Hollow Farm. Part of the proceeds fund a scholarship program for local students.

Deer Hollow Farm is located at Rancho San Antonio County Park. Tours will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the last tour will start at 12.30 p.m. and parking is limited. Groups of 10 or more should make reservations via email at: info@fodhf.org.

—Nadezhda Banchik

Big event for small dogs

Humane Society Silicon Valley is hosting small dog adoption event on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Animal Community Center, 901 Ames Ave. in Milpitas.

Silicon Valley shelters are overflowing with dogs, particularly Chihuahuas and other small mixed-breeds. More families have having to give up their dogs because they're moving or can't afford them, and fewer people are coming to adopt, according to Kelly Grant, the organization's marketing manager.

Small dogs are common in local shelters, likely because so many people live in apartments, so they prefer smaller pets, said Laura Fulda, vice president of communication for HSSV.

The "Good Things Come in Small Packages" pet adoption event brings together Silicon Valley shelters and a handful of Bay Area rescue groups for a small dog extravaganza.

—Nadezhda Banchik

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