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Mountain View Voice

News - November 2, 2007

Halloween roundup

by Don Frances

ALL HALLOWS EVE is over by the time you read this, which means the displays are being taken down.

While the Bush Street extravaganza is easily this city's most famous Halloween display, an anonymous source wanted to call attention to a "little house at 611 Pettis St."

Although smaller than the one on Bush, the writer said, this one is "sophisticated and unique" — and so should it be, since its creator, "a kind electronic engineer who loves Halloween and children," took an entire week to build "a sunken pirate ship in front of the house, as well as an electronic sea monster."

(The writer had been assigned "to get blue crabs to put LED lights on them. But they are not in season.")

Meanwhile, another anonymous source called to tell us about a winning display at 239 Velarde St. near Calderon. The display there is so huge, we're told, that cars and neighbors converge on the scene.

If anyone has descriptions of either of these displays, or of others that they'd like to share, please drop me a line. I welcome photos too.

THE CLIMATE change agreement signed Tuesday at City Hall is but a precursor to this Saturday's "Cool Cities" event, taking place at Civic Center Plaza.

According to organizers, "The Mountain View Cool Cities Team is organizing an event to be part of the national 'Step It Up 2007' campaign. We invite all Mountain Viewers to come, to be part of a day of climate action. ... Our goal is to empower the grassroots climate movement and to take action locally, while calling for national change."

Leaders, businesses, info, electric vehicles and more will be on hand. The event is Saturday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Castro St.

Don Frances can be reached at dfrances@mv-voice.com.

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