Mountain View officials are lining up family-friendly movies for outdoor showings in local parks this summer. The Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series begins Friday, July 12, with "Madagascar 3" at Cuesta Park.
Each week, a movie is shown in a different city park, with sites chosen in major Mountain View neighborhoods, according to Kristine Crosby of the Mountain View Recreation Department.
Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to blankets or lawn chairs. All movies are scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, call the Recreation Office at 650-903-6331 or visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/MountainViewRecreation.
The schedule is:
• Friday, July 12, "Madagascar 3" at Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Dr.
• Friday, July 19, "Antz" at Sylvan Park, 600 Sylvan Ave.
• Friday, July 26, "Wreck It Ralph" at Eagle Park, 652 Franklin St.
• Friday, Aug. 2, "Shrek" at Stevenson Park, 750 San Pierre Way.
• Friday, Aug. 9, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" at Whisman Park, 400 Easy St.
• Friday, Aug. 16, "Hotel Transylvania" at Rengstorff Park, 201 South Rengstorff Ave.
Blood donors urgently needed
With many of Saturday's Asiana Airlines plane crash victims being cared for at Stanford Hospital and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, the Stanford Blood Center has announced an urgent need for type O-positive, O-negative blood donors and platelet donors.
Though the blood center has already received an "outpouring" of support from existing donors and the public, it is working to make sure inventory is as strong as it can be, said Dayna Kerecman Myers, the blood center's marketing and communications manager. The center serves as both hospitals' main blood supplier.
Kerecman added that because the blood center was closed on July 4 for the holiday, they were already low on O-positive blood. She said the blood center has no current plans to host a blood drive to help plane-crash survivors and other patients in need, but were waiting to see how much of response they got this week.
Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present a photo identification. The process takes about an hour. There are donor centers in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Mountain View. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 888-723-7831 or visit bloodcenter.stanford.edu.
County busy issuing marriage licenses
Santa Clara County was gearing up for another week of same-sex marriages days after what is believed to be the county's busiest day ever for issuing marriage licenses, officials said.
On Friday, July 5, the county issued marriage licenses to nearly 150 couples, including 27 gay or lesbian couples, according to County Supervisor Ken Yeager.
On a typical day, the county issues about 35 marriage licenses, county officials said.
"It has been my honor to perform marriages for so many loving couples this week," Yeager said. "Many of them have waited years for the opportunity to be married."
Yeager married 41 same-sex couples last week, with many opting for express marriage ceremonies, allowing them to marry the same day they received their marriage licenses, county officials said.
The quicker marriage option launched last Monday, following the June 28 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to dissolve a stay on U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's injunction against enforcing Proposition 8, an initiative passed by California voters in 2008 that banned same-sex marriages.
The county Clerk Recorder's Office set up the express marriage option in anticipation of the rising demand for marriage licenses.
With express marriages, couples can walk in, purchase a marriage license and have their ceremony performed at a service window for a $110 fee, plus an additional $10 witness fee.
Couples can also opt for the standard marriage license and civil ceremony for $79.
County officials say they are working to accommodate the high demand for marriages by opening the express window early at the clerk recorder's office and opening two additional chapel facilities.