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Mountain View Voice

News - June 21, 2013

Community briefs

Kite Day at Shoreline

The sky is the limit at Shoreline Family Kite Day on Sunday, June 23, an afternoon dedicated to single-string kite flying and kite-related activities at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

Volunteers with the American Kiteflyers Association and the Northern California Kite Club helped organize a miniature kite display, expert kite demonstrations, and kite-making activities. "It's going to be really neat, and something fun to take a look at," said Kristina Perino, senior recreation coordinator.

Food will be sold through the Shoreline Lake Aquatic Center and Cafe. Otherwise, the event is free and open to the general public. The first 100 participants will receive kite-making materials.

This past year, Shoreline has been developing a diverse program of recreational activities. In the summer time, these events are specifically geared towards children and families. "We launched this initiative in 2013 as a way to get people outdoors and to be aware of the resources at Shoreline," Perino said.

Shoreline Family Kite Day will be held on June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Shoreline's Kite Lot. For more information, call (650) 903-6392.

Practicing safe sun

It's that time of year again: as students trade binders for beaches and Santa Clara County residents of all ages bask in the warm weather, officials from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center remind those having fun in the sun this season to not get burned.

The importance of skin health and safety during the most UV-soaked months of the year was highlighted by county health officials, who said in a press release that it's an often overlooked precaution that could prevent future damage and disease.

Although skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to Valley Medical officials, protecting oneself from harmful rays has never been easier. The simplest prevention is staying in the shade during the hottest hours of the day. But for those brave enough to venture out into the light, clothing such as long layers or wide-brimmed hats can dramatically reduce exposure. According to health officials, sunscreen with sun protection factors (SPF) of at least 30 should also generously be applied and reapplied every two hours, in the amount of one ounce (about a palmful) to cover the face, legs, neck, and body.

Even a few serious sunburns at any age can increase risk of disease. Melanoma is the deadliest form of cancer, and often presents as skin discolorations that vary in symmetry, border regularity and color. Representatives from Valley Medical also suggest a cursory dermatological consultation to check out any lesions that present those characteristics, are larger than 6 millimeters in diameter, or evolve in consistency, so that the only thing you're sweating this summer is the heat.

—Elize Manoukian

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