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Publication Date: Friday, October 14, 2005

Community Briefs Community Briefs (October 14, 2005)

Hundreds turn out for pancake breakfast

Mountain View firefighters collected $6,200 Saturday at their first-ever pancake breakfast. More than five hundred people came out for the fundraiser at Station No. 3 on Whisman Road. Young children clambered into engines and posed as firefighters while their parents participated in a silent auction.

"It was extremely successful. The community support was far beyond what we expected," said firefighter Scott Williams, who helped organize the event.

Google and Clocktower Coffee donated the food for the breakfast. The money will be donated to the Alisa Ann Rich Burn Foundation. -- Jon Wiener

Try your hand at budget-building

Area residents will have an opportunity to try their hand at developing a 10-year state budget at a forum presented by the nonprofit organization Next Ten and featuring noted economist Steve Levy and education advocate Christopher Cabaldon.

The free event, organized by Community Dialogues on Education with support from the Mountain View League of Women Voters and Los Altos Community Foundation, will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center. The center is located at 1 N. San Antonio Rd. in Los Altos. --Julia Bernard

Ohlone event to raise funds for Deer Hollow

Bay Area residents who always wanted to see a demonstration of fire-starting, or try their hand in acorn grinding, or visit an exact replica of an Ohlone village, will be able to do so at Deer Hollow Farm, where a festival will give visitors a chance to step back 200 years and immerse themselves in the everyday life of the Ohlone tribe.

The event, held in the hills above Los Altos, takes place Oct. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the event will fund Deer Hollow Farm, a living history museum visited by about 4,000 young students each year. For more information or for directions, visit the farm's Web site at -- Julia Bernard

Registrar seeks poll workers

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is looking for volunteers to work in the polls in the upcoming special election on Nov. 8. The only requirement for poll workers is that they must be registered to vote in the state of California. Workers are paid a stipend of $105 or more and can earn an additional stipend for possessing bilingual skills in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese or Tagalog. Call (408) 299-7655 for more information. -- Julia Bernard

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