Juneteenth events mark evolving holiday with art and activism, Los Altos Town Crier, June 17, 2022

Through art creation, fundraising and festivals, local commemoration of Juneteenth expanded this year. Some Bay Area events, like the Freedom Celebration in San Francisco’s historically Black Fillmore District, have thrived for decades. Others, like Justice Vanguard’s third Los Altos Juneteenth Festival, have just begun to grow.

In Mountain View, a weekend of racial justice public art on display at the Odd Fellows Lodge on Castro Street continued a mural series begun during the Black Lives Matter protests in summer 2020. Local Color, a San Jose-based nonprofit supporting artists of color, co-produced the installation with SURJ at Sacred Heart, a racial justice group active in Mountain View. The art pop-up sold prints from the mural series to support their creators and raise proceeds for a variety of local anti-racist projects.

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Maybe What We Need in 2019 Is to Be a Little More Odd, I Love Mountain View, April 5 2019

Let’s start from the outside-in. The building is at 823 Villa, on the corner of Castro and Villa, housed in the old First National bank (built in 1909). The Odd Fellows have owned the building since 1970, when they bought it from a Christian Science reading room. Some members suspect there is beautiful earth 20th century crown-moulding hidden behind the ’70s-tastic drywall ceiling with its embedded florescent lights. They’re deciding if they want to find out or keep it a mystery for the next generation. It’s not a beautiful space when it’s empty, but if you’ve seen it teeming with children during the Haunted House or filled with laughter during the weekly writing group, you know that looks aren’t everything.

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Haunting for a good cause, Mountain View Voice, November 3, 2017

How do you like your haunted houses — terrifying, or not too scary? Either way, the haunted house at the Odd Fellows Lodge in downtown Mountain View had you covered.

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