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Community Briefs Community Briefs (May 13, 2005)

Market Place moving

The Chamber of Commerce is sprucing up this year's Market Place event in an effort to draw more residents to the event.

The second annual business expo, set for May 18 at the Computer History Museum, will feature giveaway items from many of the 62 exhibitors and door prizes ranging from 49ers tickets to airplane tickets. Former 49ers quarterback Y.A. Tittle will hold an autograph session, and Mayor Matt Neely will be there to greet constituents and answer questions.

Organizers said last year's event at Shoreline Amphitheater was a success, despite attendance figures that failed to meet expectations. But they hope that moving to a smaller space will make the event feel less spread out.

"It will definitely have a lively and active atmosphere," said Chamber director Carol Olsen. "We hope a lot of people will use this opportunity to visit the Computer History Museum."

Tickets to the event, scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m., cost $5 apiece.

City gears up for Bike to Work Day

City officials are planning two "energizer stations" to entice residents and workers to bike to work next Thursday. The stations, run by members of the bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee, will be located at the downtown transit center and the San Antonio Caltrain station.

Giveaway items include gear from local bike shops, food from local supermarkets, coffee cake from Hobee's and bagels from Noah's.

Mountain View was named a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community last year by the League of American Bicyclists, but official estimates put the number of bike commuters at fewer than 3 percent of the total.

Health care forum at City Hall

Universal health care will be the topic Saturday when state Assembly member Sally Lieber moderates a panel on a proposal making its way through the Legislature.

SB 840, also known as the California Health Insurance Reliability Act, would establish a single-payer system for the entire state. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions at the event, scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at City Hall.
Jazz great to play CSMA party

A performance by Latin jazz artist Pete Escovedo will highlight Saturday night's Gala Fantastica at the Computer History Museum. The party, which will also feature dinner, dancing and a live auction, will raise money for the Community School of Music and Art's education program. Tickets to the black-tie affair cost $250.

Florentines visit Mountain View

Delegates from Italy visited the Computer History Museum on May 6 as part of a tour to create goodwill and business opportunities between Florence and Santa Clara County.

The mayor of Florence was among the visiting delegates who attended the event hosted by the museum. The delegates toured the museum along with one of the museum's advisory board members, Federico Faggin, a computer pioneer with a doctorate in physics from the University of Padua, and John Toole, the museum's CEO and executive director. The visit was arranged through a sister county program.

Orchestra's final performance coming up

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, featuring young musicians from around the region, is holding the final two performances of its 39th season on May 14 and 21.

PACO is a training orchestra for Bay Area string players of high school age or younger. Among the 125 student musicians, who are chosen through auditions, are three Mountain View residents.

The junior concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. on May 14, and the senior concert for 8 p.m. on May 21. Both concerts are at the Spangenberg Theater in Palo Alto. Ticket prices range from $5 to $10. For more information, call (650) 856-3848.

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