Mountain View Voice

News - February 1, 2013

Community briefs

Train ticket survey

Caltrain riders are being asked for their opinions in an online survey the agency will use to improve features on its ticket vending machines.

The survey, which can be found on the Caltrain website at www.caltrain.com, is the first step in a process to replace the current machines, Caltrain officials said.

Features being considered include providing riders with the ability to load Clipper cards, and giving change in paper bills instead of coins.

Once the desired features are identified, the next step in the process is to develop a funding plan, according to Caltrain.

New ticket vending machines are expected to be in place sometime in 2015 or 2016, replacing the 104 current machines at 31 stations, Caltrain officials said.

Caltrain is also looking into technology that would allow riders to buy tickets on their mobile devices.

—Bay City News Service

Local students display "green" art

Next week, students and faculty from the Community School of Music and Arts are set to unveil a collaborative exhibition at Mountain View City Hall exploring the impact that humans have on the natural world.

The free exhibit will be open to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 5. through Sunday, March 3 in the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street. A reception with students and teachers is set for Friday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.

The "ReThinking Green" exhibit will feature more than 419 pieces of art created by students in first through eighth grades from 19 schools, including every Mountain View Whisman district school, as well as schools in Los Altos, Sunnyvale and other local communities. All of the children participating receive weekly instruction through the CSMA's "Art4Schools" program.

The students used a wide variety of mediums to make artistic statements about an array of issues falling under the umbrella of the exhibit's "green" theme.

"It really varies, and every single project is different," said Cal Cullen, manager for the Art4Schools program. "Some of them are paintings, sculpture pieces made out of found objects, print making, ink drawings ... almost every medium is represented."

Many of the projects include the use of recycled materials pulled from the students' own classrooms.

Several CSMA instructors will also be presenting artwork of their own alongside their students.

"It's a great opportunity for students to recognize their instructors as artists," Cullen said.

—Dominic Fracassa

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