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Publication Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

Tips to make the most of the festival Tips to make the most of the festival (May 13, 2005)

To maximize your enjoyment, here are some helpful tips in planning your trip to A La Carte & Art, May 21-22 in downtown Mountain View.

•Pets are not allowed at the festival. Be kind to your pet companions (i.e. dogs), and leave them in the comforts of their own home.

•Dress comfortably, put on some sunscreen, perhaps wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.

•Wear shoes you feel comfortable strolling in. The festival covers several city blocks, so you'll be walking a lot.

•Consider backpacking children. Strollers take up more space and are difficult to navigate through crowds.

•Bring along cash for food and beverages. None of the food and beverage vendors accept credit cards.

•Don't fill up on food at the first food booth you see. Stroll around a bit to get a flavor of the offerings, then sample several of the dishes that appeal to you.

•Think about your holiday shopping when browsing the arts and crafts booths. Festivals offer unique gifts you can stash away until December.

•Avoid the traffic congestion and ride your bike.

•Consider using public transportation. For VTA Light Rail and Bus schedule information, call (800) 894-9908 or check out The festival is served by VTA Light Rail and Bus Lines 22, 34, 35 and 51. For Caltrain information, call (800) 660-4287 or check out Caltrain, VTA Light Rail and bus service will drop you off one short block from the festival.

•Free parking is available on side streets and in the parking plazas surrounding the downtown area. A La Carte & Art will be held May 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue in downtown Mountain View. The festival features live rhythm and blues, jazz, Motown and rock and roll music, a juried art show with 250 exhibitors showing their latest handcrafted wares, savory stroll-around food, premium wines and microbrews, the Kids' Tons of Fun Zone, chef demonstrations and a farmers' market. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (650) 964-3395 or check out

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