This weekend the Mountain View Day Worker Center will celebrate its 15th anniversary with two days of festivities.
It all starts on Saturday Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts with the showing of a 20-minute documentary filmed at the center, followed by a Q&A session and a silent auction fundraiser where the gifts include a vacation home stay in the Sierras or Carmel Valley. Admission is a $10 suggested donation. The event ends at 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday Nov. 13 a longer event is set for 12:30 to 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic School. It features live music, free food, face painting and a cake walk. A soccer tournament between teams from Bay Area day worker centers begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
The Day Worker Center is also looking for items to sell in an online fundraising auction. To donate auction items or RSVP to the Saturday event, email email@example.com or call 903-4102.
City launches Green Garden Showcase
The Public Works department is looking for Mountain View residents whose gardens exemplify low-maintenance and low water-use landscaping for a new feature on the city website, the "Green Garden Showcase."
Three exemplary gardens have already been posted, including the duplex at 1245-1247 Phyllis Avenue, a home at 1620 Todd Street, and the city's new Devonshire Park at 62-66 Devonshire Avenue.
Public Works has posted a map, photos and a narrative about each garden on the city's website — mountainview.gov — under Public Works and water conservation.
Those who would like to nominate their own gardens must submit photos, write a bit about their garden and answer questions about how much water, fertilizer and pesticides are used, among other things.
Residents are asked to be respectful of the gardens in the showcase, to stay on sidewalks and not damage plants.
Dittmer's to leave Mountain View
A popular Mountain View butcher shop and delicatessen that shut down after a fire in January, Dittmer's Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus, is set to reopen early next year in Los Altos, the owners announced on Tuesday.
"It is with great regret that we announce that Dittmer's will not be open for the coming holiday season" but that "real progress" has been made in order to open in early 2012 in Los Altos, the owners announced in a Facebook post.
Owner Dittmer Bubert said in May that a bigger and better location in Mountain View had been found, but said in the update that negotiations fell through for the property, "leading to greater delays than we had anticipated." He added that plans for the new location have been submitted to the city of Los Altos.
The Facebook post garnered 65 responses within four hours, including "my holiday season is ruined" and "Where oh where is the Facebook 'dislike' button?"
— Daniel DeBolt