Activities following the parade will include crafts provided by Community School of Music and Arts, games, live music by Pop Fiction, and a car show featuring 1970s cars. Food trucks and carts will also be on site selling food.
Participants are encouraged to don their best 1970s threads in light of this year's theme "Can you dig it? 40 years of movin' and groovin'."
To sign up a group to walk in the parade or register a 1970s vehicle in the car show, visit mountainview.gov/parade or call (650) 903-6331.
'Taste of science' Peninsula
The annual 'taste of science' Peninsula festival (an offshoot of nationwide and worldwide events that present scientific information by experts in a fun, engaging way for the general public) will be held again April 22-28. Most of the events are kid-friendly, and children under 6 are free (general admission is $7 per person, per event).
On Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m., participants can meet at Freewheel Brewing Company (3736 Florence St. Redwood City) to build a Foldscope paper microscope, then gather at Bedwell Bayfront Park to explore nature on a micro level. At 6 p.m., return to Freewheel to share and identify the afternoon's discoveries.
On Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m., participants (21+) can visit a scientist at work at Stanford University's Felsher lab (meeting place TBD). Art Ventures Gallery (888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park) will host a discussion featuring neuroscientists Don Vaughn and Elizabeth Seckel at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, with light refreshments. Make Your Own Damn Sandwich, a local improv-comedy group, will put together a show of science-themed improv based on audience suggestions on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at Freewheel. Gallery House in Palo Alto (320 California Ave.) will host an art-meets-science event at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27, where participants can meet scientists who are also artists, as well as try their hands at making some scientific art of their own (microbial art, bio-ink, knitting lessons and making science-themed hats are on the agenda).
Wrapping up the week will be "The Grand Experiment," held at Art Ventures on Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m. Scientists from a variety of fields will be on had to help participants do hands-on experiments including extracting DNA, watching plants breath, using virtual reality and learn techniques to create an out-of-body experience. Go to tasteofscience.org/peninsula/.
Spring garden tours
Visitors on this year's "California Dreaming" Gamble Garden Spring Tour, on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, will have a chance to see lush plantings and more in Palo Alto.
Gardens on the Spring Tour include:
•an Eichler-inspired garden by designer Mary Gordon with a courtyard and flagstone paths;
•a lush formal garden with a tropical feel, with potted sago palms flanking both the front entry and the back garden;
•an arch of Magnolia Grandiflors leading to sculpture, stone benches and planters;
•a peaceful formal garden aimed at year-round outdoor living, complete with a planted wall fountain that resembles a wedding cake;
•views from all windows, as well as a pool, outdoor kitchen, gazebo and a treepoline (woven rope platform in a tree).
In addition to touring the gardens, guests on the spring tour may want to check out the free activities at Gamble Garden, including the Over the Garden Fence market (gently used garden furniture, antiques, home decor, china and linens), plant sale, vendor marketplace, live music and a silent auction. Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. $35 general admission, $30 for members and volunteers; pre-ordered (by April 21) lunch tickets are $18. Register online at gamblegarden.org or call 650-329-1356.
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