By Jessica Loi

2016_Thursday_Night_Live_Poster_FINAL_webHave Some Weekday Fun: For those looking to take advantage of the warm summer evenings, Mountain View is hosting Thursday Night Live on July 14. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Castro Street will be closed to traffic for pedestrians to enjoy a farmers’ market, live music, shopping, restaurant dining and an assortment of kids’ activities. In addition, the event will feature custom and classic automobile displays for attendees to admire throughout the occasion. Caltrain makes attending Thursday Night Live simple and free of rush hour traffic. The Mountain View Station is only a six-minute walk from where the event is located at the corner of Castro and Dana streets.

Brighten the Night in San Jose: This Saturday, experience a unique program that fuses two distinct experiences into one spectacular gathering. San Jose will be hosting the Lantern Run, an event combining the beauty of traditional Eastern lantern festivals with the excitement of racing. Beginning at Arena Green East, attendees may register to complete either a 5K or 10K around the area. Participants of all ages are welcome and provided with goodies and glow gear to help illuminate the nighttime spectacle. After the race, a lantern celebration will provide runners with food, games, music, dancing and more. Attend the Lantern Run using Caltrain by riding to the San Jose Diridon Station, which is a mere nine-minute walk from Arena Green East.

Help Make a Hyphy Ride: The Fam 1st Family Foundation is campaigning to raise $25,000 for the refurbishment of an SF Muni bus. Founded by NFL all-stars Marshawn Lynch, Marcus Peters, and Joshua Johnson, this organization is committed to improving the lives of underserved Bay Area youths by emphasizing the importance of education and self-empowerment.

The bus intends to transport children to non-local programs from their neighborhoods, enabling access to crucial resources like financial training, literacy workshops, art classes and ACT/SAT study groups. Opportunities such as these allow disadvantaged children to gain abilities that will aid them in both educational and professional endeavors. Fund the Fam is currently accepting donations to fund the bus remodeling, and hopes that this effort for safe transportation will provide a stellar impact on participating youths.

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