Thanks go to everyone, the many volunteers as well as the 400+ attendees, who helped make this year’s event such a huge success. Photos were taken by Jim Cochran and Andre Valente.

The Monta Loma History and Neighborhood Watch displays were popular once more, as were the face painting, balloon creations, cotton candy, and the CERT members’ presentation of their emergency equipment.

Gloria Higgins, the new principal at Monta Loma School, took a shift at the ice cream toppings table. Attendees could learn about the Mountain View Educational Foundation and sign up for the PTA or the Preschooler Network.

Mountain View Trees members answered questions about tree problems. Wouter Suverkropp offered rides on his walking robot’s chariot. The MVFD brought a fire truck.

Attendees could learn about planting a bee-friendly and an allergy-fighting yard. Animal Beacons of Light received many donations of stuffed animals, and a number of Monta Loma tee shirts were bought.

All the candidates for City Council and the MVWSD Board were invited and came, as did Mayor Pat Showalter, City Manager Dan Rich, MVPD Chief Max Bosel, and several police officers. A surprise guest was our congresswoman, Anna Eshoo. They all appreciated the opportunity to meet Monta Loma residents, and their appreciation was echoed by the neighbors.