Mountain View Voice

News - July 15, 2011

Community briefs

Schools need music volunteers

Music for Minors is looking for volunteers to sign up for training to teach young elementary students music in local schools.

Training begins in mid-September and will take place in Los Altos and Redwood City. The training promises to provide volunteers with all the tools necessary to teach music in an elementary classroom, such as basic music theory, rhythm and movement activities and classroom management strategies. The only requirements are a passion for singing, interest in working with children and availability to teach 30 minutes weekly during the school year, according to a July 6 press release.

Music For Minors is a nonprofit organization that brings back music programs, which have been eliminated from many local elementary classrooms due to budget cutbacks, through trained volunteers and professional music educators. The organization benefits schools in the Los Altos School District; however, it does not extend to the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Contact MFM at 650-237-9130 or www.mfm.org for details about the next scheduled volunteer information meeting.

—Hannah Kim

Co-housing event

The developers of a proposed co-housing project at 445 Calderon Ave. are hosting a reception on Sunday, July 24, from 1-3 p.m. to introduce the community to their plans for the site. Refreshments, site tours and brief speeches by members of MVCC/Calderon are on tap for the afternoon, says David Burwen of Venture Development Group.

The 1.3-acre site includes the 1880s Bakotich house, known as the city's second oldest home. Recent plans for the co-housing project no longer call for removing or demolishing the historic house. Instead, plans call for restoring the house to its original, smaller size and moving it to the front of the 1.3-acre property, where it would be used as a guest house. The shared housing would be a three-story, 19-unit condominium building added to the property.

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