Mountain View Voice

News - June 20, 2014

Community briefs

Cubberley opens to MV artists

The Cubberley Artist Studios Program is opening its doors to artists from Mountain View as well as the rest of the Bay Area.

The program, previously limited to artists living in Palo Alto, is accepting applications through July 1 for a residency at one of 23 city-sponsored studio workplaces at the Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road. Current CASP members are also permitted to re-apply for a residency. Accepted applicants will begin a four-year term in October.

The announcement comes at a time Cubberley and Palo Alto city officials have begun developing a Cultural Cafe as well as events like arts panels, workshops, lectures and film screenings, according to the program's press release. Officials say they believe these additions will help enhance the program. "With the visibility and accessibility of the program raised, more members of the Palo Alto community and beyond will get to enjoy the Cubberley studios, meet the artists and attend events," said Rhyena Halpern, the community services department assistant director.

Artists in the program donate one work of art for each residency to the city of Palo Alto's Public Art Program and perform fours hours of service monthly.

Application information is available on the Cubberley Artist Studio Program page on the city of Palo Alto website at bit.ly/1lDfy8n.

—Cooper Aspegren

Fogging for West Nile virus

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District is scheduled to do a mosquito fogging treatment on Tuesday, June 24 at 1 p.m.

The ground fogging, which will include spraying a fine mist of pesticides, will be conducted in parts of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos and Cupertino. The exact area is bordered by Lynn Way, Cambridge Avenue, Brookline Drive and Hyde Park Drive on the north; Tilton Drive and Yukon Drive on the east; West Homestead Road on the south; and Alford Avenue, Park Hills Avenue and Wessex Avenue on the west.

The fogging is expected to last several hours, and is centered at St. Mary and Fremont Avenues.

The fogging plans were prompted by a confirmation on June 17 from the Vector Control District that adult mosquitoes in the area tested positive for West Nile virus, according to a press release by the county Public Affairs Office.

West Nile virus causes mild to severe flu-like symptoms, like fevers and aches, and in some severe causes can cause neurological damage and death. The elderly are most susceptible to catching the virus, and since 2003, over 4,000 people have contracted the disease in California. Of those cases, 145 were fatal.

According to the manager of the Vector Control District, West Nile virus activity is very high, and residents should avoid mosquito bites throughout the county.

Information packets will be distributed Friday to notify residents in the fogging area. Staff will be available to answer questions from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. via phone at 800-314-2427.

—Kevin Forestieri

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