Mountain View Voice

News - August 12, 2011

Community briefs

CSMA hosts open house

The Community School of Music and Arts will hold its annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Finn Center.

The free event will feature live music performances in Tateuchi Hall by CSMA talented young Merit Scholar students, instrument demonstrations, facility tours, refreshments and more.

"At our annual open house we share what we mean when we say that CSMA is the home of Arts for All," said CSMA marketing and communications director Evy Schiffman in a press release.

CSMA faculty and staff will be available throughout the event to answer questions and to talk about the school's arts education curriculum and many courses, including 20 new classes.

Some of the new classes CSMA will offer this fall include Intro to Ukulele, Young Architects, Digital Creations and Musical Adventures for Families for parents/caregivers and children as young as 18 months. Registration for private music lessons, classes and camps will be available at the event.

CSMA is located at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Limited on-site and street parking is available. For directions and information go to www.arts4all.org or call 650-917-6800.

MVPD taps social media

The Mountain View Police Department is expanding its social media presence with a new Facebook fan page, a Chief's Blog and an iPhone and Android application.

On the Facebook fan page, users can see regularly updated news, crime statistics, crime prevention tips and more. They can also read police Chief Scott Vermeer's posts about a variety of public safety-related topics on the Chief's Blog at mountainviewpd.blogspot.com, according to a press release.

This isn't the first time the department has used social media as an outreach tool for the public. Mountain View was the first agency of its kind in California to join Twitter in October 2008. Now its twitter.com/mountainviewpd account has more followers than any other agency of its size, a department spokeswoman says.

In addition to social media, the MVPD partnered with WiredBlue to provide a free iPhone and Android application called "MyPD". This app features the latest news, social media postings, department contacts and more. All forms, such as crime tips, photos and GPS information, can also be submitted anonymously through "MyPD".

None of these social media sites or phone applications are appropriate for any type of emergency situation, according to the police. Emergencies should be reported by calling 9-1-1.

More information about WiredBlue and the MyPD app can be found at www.wiredblue.co.

—Hannah Kim

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