Rengstorff House Exhibits

by Kristina Perino

The historic Rengstorff House is pleased to announce its next exhibition entitled “From Horse & Buggy to the Model T: Turn of the Century Transportation, Then and Now.” It features photographs of scow schooners, livery stables, wagons, stagecoaches, electric cars (from nearby towns/cities), early railroad scenes and more. The exhibit will also feature modern day color photographs of vintage automobiles in partnership with the Santa Clara Horseless Carriage Club andSanta Clara Valley Model T Ford Club. The exhibit runs May 20 through July 25, on public tour days of Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. “Meet and Greet” with participating car owners on Sunday, July 24 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM.

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Locavores Wanted!

by Carter Coleman
Old Mountain View finally has a quality grocery store on Castro Street – Ava’s Downtown Market. This is the store that Old Mountain View has been hoping for.

The former Asian market at 340 Castro Street is now owned and operated by a husband and wife dynamic duo, Juan and Ann Origel.
Juan and Ann are the nicest folks you’d want to meet, and their vision for the store is one with locally grown and produced foods and healthy food choices. The store now boasts one of the best grass-fed meat departments in Mountain View, bread from Acme, a growing dairy section from sustainable farms, and an increasingly organic selection of produce. (Visit www.avasdowntownmarket.com)

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OMVNA Potluck for Ava’s on Saturday, March 10

We’re having a potluck to help generate awareness of Ava’s Downtown Market at 340 Castro Street.

Bring a dish to share made from ingredients purchased from Ava’s Downtown Market  (and/or a bottle is welcome too!)

The party will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Thanks to Shannon Madison for [...]

Notes from the Chair: Year-End Review of Events

by David Lewis, Chair, OMVNA

January was the month for a new event, the brainchild of Deb Keller and Carter Coleman–OMNVA New Year’s Eve parties.  They organized it and got the use of many houses, even one with baby-sitting for our residents with kids.  Those who signed up for the event went from house to house celebrating the New Year with old neighbors and friends and meeting new ones while their children had a New Year’s party as well.

April 5 brought a mixer at Scratch.  Max Houser, Manny Ramirez, and Glenda Crespo organized the event.  Over 30 OMVNA residents came to see this new, hot, Mountain View restaurant so convenient to OMVNA.

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This year the Ice Cream Social will be held at Mercy-Bush Park on Sunday, August 28th, from 1 PM to 3 PM. Please bring a picnic lunch if you wish and enjoy free Baskin-Robbins ice cream (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, and rainbow sherbet ) and a sprinkles bar again this year. [...]

April 5 Mixer at Scratch!

Meet your neighbors and enjoy a taste of Scratch. Downtown’s elegant new regional-American restaurant has already generated press and online acclaim. Scratch will welcome the neighborhood Tuesday, April 5, from 6:30-8:30PM at 401 Castro. The remarkable half-price “happy hour” deal (described in the restaurant profile below) will be extended to us for this special event. [...]

Lions Club Charity Poker Tournament

Please join us for the very first Silicon Valley Lions Club Charity Poker Tournament to benefit charitable causes. ALL proceeds from this tournament will be used for local community projects. The Silicon Valley Lions Club uses its charitable funds to benefit numerous causes, such as eyeglasses for underprivileged children in Mountain View, Thanksgiving food [...]

No Mercy Cemetery

Don’t miss the “No Mercy Cemetery” this Halloween season!

by Jean McCloskey

Inspired by a visit to Brent Ross’s now famous DC Cemetery on Bush Street, Old Mountain View resident, Dan Pitchford, began to thrill the neighborhood with his own cemetery nearly 7 years ago.

He has made the neighborhood a creepier place enjoyed by the old [...]

Arts Celebration

Mark your calendar for Mountain View’s upcoming celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month in October 2010.  Among other things, the celebration will include a free performance at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on October 3, a Mayor’s Proclamation on Sept. 28, and a banner display in the City Hall Rotunda [...]

August Mixer at the Tied House

by Hugh Donagher, III

The Old Mountain View Summer Mixer will take place on Monday, August 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Tied House, 954 Villa Street.

When asked to tell us something about Tied house, events manager Carolyn Hopkins wrote “The Tied House is Silicon Valley’s oldest microbrewery, family owned and [...]