People-watching at its best can be found at Shoreline Park, an outdoor haven in the middle of Mountain View.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This park also has a fabulous restaurant.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join in the fun at this park.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
In the current landscape of big-box stores and chain restaurants, many fear the dissolution of the small business. The worry is understandable, as many of these local ventures are what give cities, towns, and neighborhoods their distinctive flavor. It doesn't help that, on average, only 13% of the money spent at corporately-owned emporiums actually finds its way back to the community. This means that 87% of the dollars spent find themselves in a faraway bank account with nothing but a distant memory of the newborn pennies they left behind at home. When people give local shops and restaurants their business, however, an average of 45% of their money goes toward keeping the area and its unique culture thriving.
Fueled by this understanding, the folks at Localize It! helm The Alameda Summer Stroll, an evening of neighborhood appreciation, art, and live music. During certain days throughout the season, participants meander along several streets of the bay-adjacent burg to peruse the goods from local operations and sample locally crafted food, beer, and wine. They can even participate in a wine tasting and food pairings, as well as take advantage of discounts at area restaurants, such as Pasta Pelican, Calafia Taqueria, and East Ocean Seafood Restaurant. Along the way, neighborhood crawlers can stop to take in the musical strains of Jim Parodi and Friends or admire masterpieces by local Alameda and Oakland artists.
The stakes are undoubtedly high. At the current rate of donation, more than 30% of people on the National Organ Transplant Waiting List will never get the organs they need. California Transplant Donor Network aims to change that by educating people and raising awareness. They also put boots on the ground, facilitating organ and tissue donation by offering assistance to 175 hospitals in California and Nevada. In addition to their donation work, the network holds events such as 5Ks to raise funds and invites families of donors to contribute memories to the Donor Memorial Quilt Project.
After the birth of her first child in 2001, Baby Boot Camp’s founder, certified trainer, and spin and Pilates instructor, Kristen Horler, wanted a postnatal fitness program that didn't require her to leave her baby at the door. Her solution was to start a suite of programs just for new and expecting parents where mothers could bond with their infants while soaking up the support and camaraderie of their peers. During Strollfit and Strollga sessions, certified trainers and Radio Flyers equipped with outboard motors lead ladies through innovative routines that incorporate baby-filled strollers into yoga, cardio, and strength training. For long-term fitness, coaches encourage aspiring runners to break through the tape during the 5K training program, and Kristen's own Nutrition Solutions teaches the benefits of healthy eating habits during a four-week program designed by registered dietitians.
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project: A Timeline
2003: When Jessie Audette lived in Brazil, she spent five years witnessing the slow completion of Chilean artist Jorge Selaron’s mural, a tiered decoration of 215 steps. She remembered that experience when she moved to San Francisco and saw the 163 steps at 16th Avenue and Moraga. Feeling the muse nudging her, she saw a blank a canvas in the steps’ bare, cement rises and began to organize a project to beautify them with her friend and neighbor, Alice Xavier.
Later in 2003: The project gained some steam through an alliance of forty area residents and a neighborhood association. With a little money and newly bestowed titles of Project Organizers, Jessie and Alice began selecting artists to design the project. Eventually, they selected Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, both professionals experienced in working alongside a community.
2004: They spent this year fundraising, permit seeking, and, most excitingly, purchasing materials. By the end of 2004, the project had all the tiles it needed thanks to Jessie’s and Alice’s shopping sprees and plenty of donations from community members. One of those donations came from an Italian ceramicist from Caltagirone, Italy who created a unique tile to commemorate sisterhood between the two metropolises (Caltagirone has its own set of mosaic steps).
2005: As the project gained momentum, local business hopped on board to help pay for the actual installation of the enormous mural. Construction began in July, and finished a mere one month later, thanks to the efforts of artists, workers, businesses, and almost 300 neighbors. The ribbon cutting ceremony featured food, music, and dancers. The Mayor even declared it 16h Avenue Tiled Steps Day, an honest-to-goodness local holiday.
2006 and onward: Volunteers continue to come out yearly to sculpt and maintain the sloped and terraced gardens that surround the staircase, an ongoing community effort that commemorates the steps’ creation.
Richard Bothwell has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro, scaled Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, and surfed the waves of four continents. But perhaps his greatest feat was establishing the Outdoor Adventure Club in 1996, where he leads others in conquering nature's challenges. He and a staff of seasoned outdoors enthusiasts escort visitors of all fitness and experience levels in local excursions and international vacations, all centered on exploring the great outdoors. On the local level, the guides lead rock-climbing classes at Castle Rock State Park in addition to hiking, backpacking, whitewater-rafting, kayaking, and skydiving excursions. International adventure vacations expose folks to surfing in Costa Rica, rafting in Patagonia, and mountaineering in Peru. The expeditions marry the camaraderie of a social club with the expertise of professional guides, who are each trained in emergency wilderness care in case of squirrel attacks.