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May 2015

In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles - May 18, 2015

"In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" performs Monday, May 18 at 7:30 pm at the Bankhead Theater at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Tickets are regularly $42/$60, plus ticket fees, but from January 27 - 29 all tickets are $10 off with the promo code "Fab4". Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 925-373-6800, or at the theatre box office located at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 pm, Saturday from 3 pm - 6 pm and two hours before shows. The show is appropriate for all ages. Go here for more information.

March 2015

Peninsula Volunteers Little House – St. Patrick’s Day festivities - March 17, 2015

Food & Fun! 9:30 – 11:00 Bake Sale / Irish Coffee; 11:30 – 1:00 PM Traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage lunch, accompanied by live musical entertainment, presenting “Rosin The Bow,” an Irish, Celtic and British traditional music group. The melodies and songs have been gathered from the traditional sources of such countries and regions as Ireland, Scotland, Northumberland, England, Wales, Canada and the United States. For more information, please call (650) 326-2025 or visit us at: Go here for more information.

Filing for Social Security: Flexibility & Choices for Your Retirement Income - March 07, 2015

On March 7, the Menlo Park Library will be presenting a free seminar on optimizing Social Security filing options to best meet retirement needs. Attendees are invited to bring their questions & get them answered during this interactive seminar. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Go here for more information.

February 2015

Celebrate African American History Month with Midpen - February 21, 2015

The celebration will be held at the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in East Palo Alto from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. From Buffalo Soldiers to George Washington Carver, African Americans have a rich history in conservation. At Midpen’s African American History Month Celebration, you’ll learn about African Americans who pioneered conservation in America; discover bugs, birds, and your baylands; make some fun crafts and meet a Midpen ranger! With special guests: The California Buffalo Soldiers Association, Senator Jerry Hill, California District 13; Assemblymember Rich Gordon, District 24' Supervisor Warren Slocum, San Mateo County, District 4; Mayor Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier, East Palo Alto and Henrietta Burroughs, East Palo Alto Center for Community Media Go here for more information.

Mental Wellness: The Key to Complete Health - February 21, 2015

This educational program is sponsored by the African American Community Health Advisory Committee and the African American Community Initiative of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division of the San Mateo County Health System. Community members are invited to engage in a conversation to better understand mental health conditions, learn how to reduce stigma, and understand treatment options available in San Mateo County for you or those you know. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Donna Holland-Barnes, President and Co-founder, National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide. Location: Community Church of East Palo Alto, 2201 University Ave 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Breakfast and lunch will be provided at this FREE program. Questions? 650-696-4378 Go here for more information.

Off the Grid: Palo Alto @ Crowne Plaza - February 16, 2015

Off the Grid: Palo Alto will be Off the Grid’s first new market of 2015, providing a convenient stop with delicious and affordable dinner options for Palo Alto locals, Stanford students, commuters and business travelers. Hosted in partnership with Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, this event will also feature a ‘pop-up’ bar providing beer and wine. Featured trucks this week: An the Go Me So Hungry Too The Oaxacan Kitchen DUM Truck Hula Truck The Kabob Job T.Epiphany Go here for more information.

Storyteller Diane Ferlatte: "Penny for Your Thoughs" - February 07, 2015

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library present "Penny for Your Thoughts," a special performance by Storyteller Diane Ferlatte, with musical accompaniment from Erik Pearson. The event takes place Saturday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street at Ravenswood. Diane says, "these are stories from experiences in my life. They reflect the beauty of friendship, the character of courage, and how one’s reactions to racial, cultural, and generational barriers or conflicts can transform the outcome, and may even transform the participants.” This performance is best suited for audience members aged 11 and up. The event is free, and is supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. No preregistration is necessary to attend. Go here for more information.

January 2015

SAFER Bay Project Community informational Forum - January 28, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 7 to 9 PM Len Materman will present options that are being developed by the SAFER Bay Project to provide tidal flood protection for south San Mateo County and Palo Alto. Both areas are vulnerable to tidal flooding now and will be more so with sea level rise. Mr. Materman is the Executive Director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Oak Room 700 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025 Everyone is Welcome! Additional Information: LWV South San Mateo County – LWV Palo Alto – San Francisquito Creek Joint Power Authority – Go here for more information.

Walk Together, Concert of Music by African American Composers - January 24, 2015

The African American Composer Initiative presents its sixth annual benefit concerts at the beautiful Performing Arts Center of Eastside College Preparatory School, 1041 Myrtle St, East Palo Alto, on Saturday January 24 and Sunday January 25 at 3 pm. The 2015 program, "Walk Together" honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in music and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The performers and guest artists, including the jazz greats Valerie Capers and John Robinson of New York, along with the Eastside Choir, join forces to present a rich program of music by African American composers, spanning the worlds of jazz, spirituals, freedom songs, and classical music. Composers include Dizzie Gillespie, William Grant Still, Fats Waller, Valerie Capers, and more. A new piece,entitled "The Color of Love" composed in honor of Dr. King by young composer Joshua McGhee will be played. All proceeds benefit Eastside College Prep of East Palo Alto. Tickets are $20 general/$5 students and seniors. For more information about this concert and to purchase tickets: (advance ticket purchase is recommended.) Go here for more information.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.12th Annual Community Celebration - January 19, 2015

Committed to Serve; join us Monday January 19, 2015, 11:00 A.M. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 12th Annual Community Celebration. Eastside Preparatory Preforming Arts Center. Soul food dinner following the celebration. Go here for more information.

MLK Freedom Day - January 17, 2015

Youth, young adults, and community builders -- join us Saturday, Jan. 17th, 10am-4pm, at Onetta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park, as we work for social justice and build Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "Beloved Community" through games, expressive arts, and community outreach tables. $5 suggested donation to benefit Youth Community Services. Sponsors: Youth Community Services, Reach and Teach, Pan African City Alive!, DeAnza Green Party, and the Social Justice Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. Go here for more information.

General Plan Workshop - January 08, 2015

community members have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics impacting public health and quality of life in the City, including parks and open space, public safety, trees and landscaping, and access to health care and healthy food. That workshop will take place at the East Palo Alto Senior Center, 560 Bell Street. Community members are encouraged to visit the East Palo Alto General Plan Update webpage at for more information about the process, to take the short survey, sign up for email alerts, and review the schedule for these and other upcoming opportunities to participate. Go here for more information.

Recruiting for Commission on Aging - January 07, 2015

The San Mateo County Commission on Aging is actively recruiting new members. President of the Board of Supervisors Dave Pine announced that applications are being accepted for appointment to the Commission on Aging. To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of San Mateo County. This 21 member Commission advises the Board of Supervisors, develops and conducts programs in conformity with specific provisions of Older Americans Act of 1965 subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at 225 37th Avenue, Room 100, San Mateo. This is a volunteer position. The Commission on Aging's mission is to maintain, enhance and improve the quality of life for older adults in San Mateo County through the promotion of independence and self sufficiency, mental and physical health, and social and community involvement. Applications can be obtained from Alicia Garcia, Deputy Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 400 County Center, Redwood City, or by calling (650) 363-4634. Applications are also available on-line at the County website: For information about this Advisory Board please Contact: Marsha Fong, Commission on Aging Liaison (650) 573-2701 Go here for more information.

George Burns: Alive Again & In Concert! - January 03, 2015

Prepare to witness a joking, singing, dancing George Burns live and in concert, as performed by Duffy Hudson, and presented by the Menlo Park Library, on Saturday, January 3rd at 2 p.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. Stage & film actor Duffy Hudson brings George Burns’s wit and wisdom back to life in a special performance for the whole family. Hudson promises a 75-minute trip down memory lane, with singing, dancing, and storytelling in the beloved star’s memorable style. The event is free, and is supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. No preregistration is necessary to attend. The Menlo Park City Council Chambers is located at 701 Laurel Street, at Ravenswood. Go here for more information.

December 2014

Montclair Women's Big Band - December 18, 2014

Get in the holiday mood with a swingin’ after-hours event at the Menlo Park Library! The Montclair Women's Big Band combines an audacious sense of swing, tight ensemble work, and inspired solos, all with a vivid cast of some of the best jazzwomen in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group's mission is to swing, and this 17-piece ensemble delivers a brassy, blues-drenched wallop! The free performance will take place Thursday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library, located at 800 Alma Street. For more information, visit, or phone 650-330-2501. Go here for more information.

Youth & Children Town Hall Meeting - December 15, 2014

"Youth & Children Town Hall Meeting" (for children ages 5 years to 17 years) Date: Monday, December 15th, 2014 Location: Community Church of EPA, 2201 University Avenue, East Palo Alto Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm The core focus of meeting is to allow the young people to gain an understanding of the current world affairs related to Ferguson and New York and also touch on Bullying. For any questions about the event, please call Ebonni Black at 650-549-5514 Go here for more information.

Another General Plan Workshop - December 09, 2014

The next Vista 2035 General Plan Update workshop is on the critical topic of: TRANSPORTATION & PARKING Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:30 – 9 pm Discuss issues including traffic and parking congestion, biking, sidewalks, and transit. Location: East Palo Alto Senior Center, 560 Bell Street Childcare and Spanish translation will be available at this workshop, and refreshments will be provided. Each of the previous General Plan workshops this fall has focused on one or more significant community topics, providing an opportunity for all segments of East Palo Alto’s community to help shape the future of the City. Now, the City invites community members to attend the final workshop of 2014, and contribute their ideas, opinions, and feedback about the General Plan Update. More information about East Palo Alto’s General Plan Update is online at Go here for more information.

"Never Too Late!" - December 06, 2014

Get in the holiday mood—or just in the mood to laugh—as a talented troupe of senior performers presents songs, outrageous skits and unpredictable fun. Stagebridge performances showcase the rich & varied experiences of older adults to a multigenerational audience. Strolling down memory lane has never been so hilarious! The free show will take place Saturday, December 6 at 11am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit, or phone 650-330-2501. Go here for more information.

November 2014

Thanksgiving Luncheon - November 24, 2014

Celebrate Thanksgiving with us at Little House. Join us for a luncheon with great food and even better company!Menu: Yam and Raspberry Salad with Pomegranate Dressing, Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Fall Vegetables, Rolls, & Traditional Pumpkin Pie. RSVP at (650)326-2025 ext. 222. 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025 | $9 | 11:30am - 1pm Go here for more information.

Community Health and Wellness Series Saturday 2-4 pm - November 15, 2014

Drew Health Foundation partners with the East Palo Alto Seventh-day Adventist Community Church to bring education and information on diseases and health conditions that plague our community.. The challenge is to make change and better choices for long life and healthy living. Be more than informed, Take action! Go here for more information.

Veterans Weekend Celebration - November 08, 2014

Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) will hold a Veterans Weekend Celebration on Saturday, November 8, 2014 to honor and celebrate those who have served our country. The event, which is being held in conjunction with the Palo Alto VA Medical Center’s Recreation Therapy and Voluntary Services departments, is free of charge and open to the public. Special guests include Heroes Voices, Pin Ups for Vets, and American Gold Star Mothers Inc. The event will include food, live music, a “meet and greet” with Warrior Canine Connection’s service dogs in training, photo opportunities with puppies and pin ups, and dog training demonstrations. It takes place at 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park from noon - 4:00 p.m. Go here for more information.

Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame - November 06, 2014

Junior Achievement’s annual fundraiser attracts more than 300 of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley’s top business executives. It celebrates the achievements of Presidents and CEOs from dynamic companies that have played a key role in the success of Junior Achievement students. The event will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View from 5-8:30 pm. Ticket prices are $375 per person. Contact JA for information on table prices. For additional information contact Emily Selzer at (925) 465-1072 or Go here for more information.

Free Living Healthy Class - November 03, 2014

Get the tools to live a healthy life! This 7-week workshop will offer practical techniques and support for feeling betting and making the best choices for your health and well-being. Little House Activity Center - 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025 | 10am - 11:30am | to register: (650)326-2025 ext. 222. Go here for more information.

October 2014

Ceramics Studio Open House - October 28, 2014

Meet the instructors and experience the fun of creating with clay. Refreshments provided! Little House Activity Center: 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025. 4pm - 8pm, event is FREE! Go here for more information.

League of Women Voters - October 28, 2014

Interested in learning more about the issues we will be voting on in the upcoming election? Join us on Tuesday, October 28th at the Little House Activity Center for a discussion with the San Mateo County League of Women Voters. Let your voice be heard and know that every vote makes a difference for our future! Little House 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025. 1:30pm-2:30pm Go here for more information.

Monotype Workshop - October 28, 2014

Please join us at Little House for an exploratory foray into the luscious world of monotype printmaking. Instructor, Kathryn Kain teaches the basics of monotype printmaking using oil-based inks, brayers, and plates to produce unique prints on 100% rag Rives BFK printmaking paper on a small etching press. Enjoy the fascination of producing unique art on paper! All you need a willingness to experiment, play, and exercise your creative spirit for a day. Bring an apron and latex gloves for protection as the inks are permanent and oil-based. The workshop is limited to 10 people, so sign up early! Materials are provided. Little House Activity Center- 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025 | 10:30am - 3:30pm | $120 To Register: (650)326-2025 ext. 222 Go here for more information.

Creative Writing - October 16, 2014

Tap into your creative vision to write stories for personal satisfaction or publication. Join professional writer, Phyllis Butler, as she guides you in writing memoirs that will showcase your life. Phyllis is an author and feature columnist. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and other international publications. She has worked as an Executive Editor with Celestial Arts' Les Femmes Boks, and studied with Joseph Campbell and Wallace Stegner. Classes held every Thursday from 10/16 - 11/6, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. To register: or (650)326-2025 ext. 222 Go here for more information.

The World of Jane Austen: Art & Culture in 18th 19th Century Britain - October 14, 2014

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Presents: The World of Jane Austen: Art & Culture in 18th 19th Century Britain Explore the era of beloved English novelist Jane Austen through the arts of her time, from paintings of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable to the elegant Georgian town house of Bath and the most delicate porcelain teacups. 1:30pm - 2:30pm | 800 Middle Avenue Menlo Park, CA. 94025 | Free for members, $5 for non-members Go here for more information.

Tuesday Tea with George Selleck - October 14, 2014

George Selleck Changing the Game, My Journey Through Life and Sports Come and enjoy the story of how a short, Jewish kid from Compton became an All-American point guard, went head-to-head with Bill Russell, became friends with John Wooden, worked for Ty Cobb, taught Kobe Bryant, turned down the NBA draft to become a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, and dedicated his life to helping kids everywhere rediscover the magic of sports and movement. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025. 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Go here for more information.

KARA 2014 WALK’n’RUN TO REMEMBER - October 04, 2014

Save The Date: Kara 'Walk 'n' Run to Remember' in Palo Alto. "Honor a Loved One – Support the Journey" in October 4 at Mitchell Park. KARA 2014 WALK’n’RUN TO REMEMBER is a wonderful opportunity to walk 5K or run 3K to support those in our community navigating grief and loss. This annual event is a unique chance to help Kara sustain its crucial services for the greater Bay Area and to share with your friends, family and colleagues along the walk, run and post-walk/run festival. Our goal is to see over 300 participants raise $40,000 for Kara's important programs. Please join us - Everyday we provide compassion and support to children and adults because loss and grief impact everyone. Your participation will make a healing difference in our community! Event Schedule: 9:00am: Registration 10:00am: Walk Begins 10:15am: Run Begins 11:00am: Festival with live music, kids games, activities and food trucks 1:30pm: End 
 Register today at and start building your walk/run fundraising team and help us bring hope and healing to our community. 
“I came to Kara after the death of my child, and participating in the walk was one more step in my healing. It was very easy to recruit friends to walk with me because many just didn’t know what they should do to support me. Joining the walk was an easy way for them to show how much they cared, and I truly appreciated it.” - Prior Year Walker Honor a Loved One – Support the Journey Go here for more information.

Preserving Stories with Photobooks - October 03, 2014

Are your family memories stored in old shoeboxes? Learn how to create a photobook to share with friends and family. We’ll learn to upload photos, arrange them on the page, and format the book using Snapfish. The class will be held for 4 weeks. Pre-registration is required. Margaret Melaney teaches genealogy and writing in Menlo Park. Fridays, 10/3 - 10/24 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm. (650)326-2025 ext. 222 to register. Go here for more information.

Flag Football Fridays - October 01, 2014

Come and play flag football and participate in football drills used in the NFL. Fee Based Contact Lee Thomas 650-328-9622 Go here for more information.

September 2014

Community Meeting to Discuss the City's Housing Policies - September 30, 2014

On September 30, 2014 the City of East Palo Alto will be host a community meeting to discuss the Housing Element, which establishes the City’s housing policies for the next five years. Date: September 30, 2014 Time: 630-8PM Location: City Hall, 2415 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 Go here for more information.

Tricycle Music Fest 2014 - September 27, 2014

Latin Grammy Award winners and PBS show hosts Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis play at the Tricycle Music Fest!Get ready for hearty jokes and laughs, pop rock beats, and enter your chance to win a tricycle at the fest! Fun for the whole family! Go here for more information.

Between the Curb and the Front Door: Garry Winogrand and Street Photographers - September 23, 2014

This lecture explores Winogrand’s work in the context of the many photographers who took to the streets to capture American culture during the mid-20th century and beyond. The presentation features images by contemporaries including Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, and Lee Friedlander, along with newly uncovered images developed from thousands of rolls of film found after Winogrand’s death. Video of the artist on the street taking pictures offers insight into Winogrand at work and his motivation. Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Location: 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

Free Bike Safety and Bike Repair Day September 23rd - September 23, 2014

The East Palo Alto Police Department’s FIT Zone project is partnering with the Ravenswood School District, San Mateo County Safe Routes to School, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and the Bay Area Bike Mobile to provide free bike safety lessons and bike repairs at Joel Davis Park on September 23rd at 5:00 PM. Come to learn about cycling safety and/or to get your bicycle repaired for free! Other FIT Zone games and activities will be available as well. Please spread the word! For more information, contact the Planning and Housing Division for the City of East Palo Alto at (650) 853-3185. Go here for more information.

Community Forum at Little House - September 18, 2014

Seniors At Home is the West Bay Area’s leading provider of senior service with a mission to help seniors live safer, healthier, more independent lives in their own homes by providing the support they need through a comprehensive range of programs. As the senior services division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, Seniors At Home can be counted on to provide excellent service. Learn more about home-based services that meet the complex needs of seniors: home-care, care management, palliative and end of life care, and health care advocacy through our free Community Forum at Little House. Go here for more information.

Tuesday Tea with Ted Atlas - September 16, 2014

For over 40 years Candlestick Park was home to some of the greatest athletes in the world of professional sports. And while our favorite teams have found a new home, the memories of a Northern California landmark still linger with us. Join us and author Ted Atlas, a native of the Bay Area, as he discusses his book, Candlestick Park, Images of Sports. Atlas served as Event Management Representative in the Security Command Post and experienced the thrilling, competitive environment of Candlestick first hand. Come listen to the exciting stories and see the pictures that represented an era of professional sports in the Bay Area. Location: Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Avenue Menlo Park CA. 94025 Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm Go here for more information.

Able:Forums presents ‘Does A Rising Tide Really Lift All Boats?’ - September 12, 2014

Able Works is hosting a forum discussion around creating solutions for an economically inclusive society. This event will take place at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, with an hors d’oeuvres reception starting at 6:00pm and the Forum beginning at 7:00pm. This will be a vital and relevant discussion about the cost of living and opportunities for the working poor and middle class to thrive in the Bay Area. The forum's goal is to have a proactive and positive discussion on ways individuals and corporations can play a role in ensuring everyone can gain access to the opportunities our region creates. Congresswoman Jackie Speier will be one of a group of leaders and influencers from across sectors to participate in the forum. Go here for more information.

Tai Chi - September 11, 2014

Improve your balance, flexibility, body coordination and awareness by practicing the Tai Chi form. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese internal martial art and promotes graceful flowing movements. Join us and experience for yourself. 7:00PM - 8:00PM. Cost: $52 monthly/$15 drop-in. Location: 800 Middle Aveune, Menlo Park CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

Water-Efficient Gardening 101 - September 06, 2014

“Water Efficient Gardening 101” will cover the basics of plants, planting, care and ongoing maintenance for a garden landscape featuring water-wise or drought-tolerant plants. Both large-scale and small-scale projects will be addressed, including patio and container gardening. There will be a raffle at the event for several drought-tolerant plants, and free refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. The free gardening program is presented by the Menlo Park Library, and will take place Saturday, September 6 at 11 a.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. Free wheelchair accessible van service is available for Menlo Park area seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for van reservations. Go here for more information.

Small Business Legal Advice Clinic - September 05, 2014

Receive free legal advice to help your small business grow! A clinic will be held on September 5, 2014 in East Palo Alto from 2pm-5pm. If interested, please call (650)326-6440 to book an appointment. Appointments are mandatory and the deadline to register is August 29, 2014. Go here for more information.

Genealogy Class - September 04, 2014

We get great satisfaction and fun from knowing the history of our ancestors- where they lived, how they managed their challenges, and why you have that family heirloom. This series of classes will get you started and well on your way to a delightful excursion of a lifetime. Location: Little House 800 Middle Avenue Menlo Park, CA. 94025. Time: 10am - 12pm. For more info (650)326-2025 ext. 222 Go here for more information.

History Class with Michael Svanevik - September 03, 2014

After the Exposition, a flashy, dynamic new city takes shape, moving at a frenetic pace. Two amazing bridges, an all-new island, the airport and Hetch Hetchy. Streetcars and high rise buildings. Conquering the hills and creating new districts. Prohibition -- in San Francisco, a law that failed to prohibit. Colorful often naughty personalities -- Mayor Jimmy Rolph, Michael O'Shaughnessy, Fatty Arbuckle and Sally Stanford. And more! Motion picture palaces, transpacific aviation, another exposition. San Francisco goes to war. An exciting narrative, not to be missed. Classes occur every Wednesday, from Sep. 3 - Oct. 22 (1:30pm - 3:30pm). Location: Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

August 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Aug 29 -30 - August 30, 2014

Community Service Event: 994 Beech Street, East Palo Alto Ca 94303 August 29 -30, 2014 Supporting and educating our community, churches, families and friends about relationship abuse. August 29, 2014 7:00 pm Speaker Charmaine Vierra Resource information available. Aug 30, 2014 10-5:00 pm Dr Rene and Alvy Quispe: Life Educators and Counselors, Teen presentation by CORA( Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) Rape Trauma Services, SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) Representative from Congresswoman jackie Speier. Go here for more information.

East Palo Alto Teen Home to Host Summer Open House 2014 - August 29, 2014

On Friday, August 29th, the East Palo Alto Teen Home will be hosting its Summer Open House event at 12 Noon in its facility located at 2265 in East Palo Alto. In this three-hour event, the general public will take a tour of the facility to see the makeover of the parts of the group home that was recently completed by a group of volunteer IKEA/East Palo Alto staff. Following the tour, a short program will be presented at 1:00 PM for those in attendance. It will consist of an introduction of the EPA Teen Home Board, Staff, and San Mateo County officials. It will also include a presentation about the current and future program plans of the organization. Throughout the course of the event, a BBQ lunch and refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated at (650) 324-8487. The East Palo Alto Teen Home was established in April 1992 as a non-profit, California-licensed group home to provide a safe haven for its teen residents on a 24-hour day, 7-day week basis. Through professional care, personal training, independent living skills, a licensed therapist, and an education training center, the EPA Teen Home offers a myriad of programs and services for its six teenagers and teenage mothers with children, ages 0 to 17 years. The mission of the EPA Teen Home is to help its teen residents to become fully functioning members of society by providing access to social, educational, vocational, and employment opportunities that exist within and outside of the community of East Palo Alto. Go here for more information.

Gardening Workshop and Take Home the Bounty - August 29, 2014

Every Friday there will be a gardening workshop at the Ravenswood Family Health Center community garden lead by Najiha Al Asmar from Nuestra Casa. We will maintain the garden by cultivating and harvesting from the riches of the season. We have tools and gloves all you need to bring is yourself! Please wear garden appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes. You may bring a container to bring home some goodies that we harvest. Kids are welcome (7 years and up). If you have any questions please call Najiha at 650 330 7447 Go here for more information.

Prayer Walk and City Clean Up - August 23, 2014

The Aleluia Samoan Assembly of God Church is having their monthly Ministry of Prayer walk and City Clean up at designated streets from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. We invite other Church groups and the public who wants to beautify our city and pray at the same time to join us. We will meet at 962 Runnymede St. East Palo Alto at 7:30 in the morning. Go here for more information.

Ravenswood's You've Got Talent Celebration - August 16, 2014

Enjoy the You've Got Talent show featuring local performers at Ravenswood Family Health Center's community celebration on Saturday, August 16 from noon to 4 pm at 1798 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. Lots of activities for kids and music, food and raffle prizes. Bring family, friends,neighbors. Go here for more information.

Yoga Session - August 11, 2014

Enjoy the benefits of a small, intimate yoga class where breathing techniques and postures will enhance health and decrease stress levels. Get away from the corporate world and find comfort in a class where your only competition is yourself. All levels are welcome! Location: Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025 Starting Date: August 11th (Classes will be held once a week, every Monday) Cost: $52 monthly / $15 drop-in For more information or to register please visit or call (650)326-2025 ext. 222 Go here for more information.

EHP Blockfest Party - August 09, 2014

Come and enjoy activities for children with prizes, a magician and balloon twister, food, music, raffles and local talent.It's Ecumenical Hunger Program's annual Blockfest Party on Saturday, August 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 2411 Pulgas Avenue in East Palo Alto. Learn about important opportunites from local vendors and service providers in the community available to you and your family. Call (650)323-7781 Ext. 18 or email for more information. Go here for more information.

Meet the Police Chief Candidates for the City of East Palo Alto - August 09, 2014

Community members will be able to meet the candidates who are under consideration for the Chief of Police position in East Palo Alto. The candidates will be presented at a community meeting this coming Saturday, August 9. The meeting will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers at 2415 University Ave. in East Palo Alto. If you'd like to see and question the candidates, attend the meeting. Go here for more information.

Thurman & Wille Mae Smith's 60th Wedding Anniversary - August 02, 2014

On Saturday Aug 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm We will be celebrating their 60th anniversary at the womens club of e.palo alto 1310 Bay Rd Go here for more information.

July 2014

Kundalini Yoga with Charanpal Kaur - July 29, 2014

Don't miss out on your last opportunity to practice Kundalini Yoga with guest teacher Charanpal Kaur. Charanpal is presently in graduate school at the University of Santa Monica for Spiritual Psychology, where she is learning ground-breaking ways to improve mental and emotional health. Her intention is in offering guidance and support to clients looking to restore inner peace, balance, and lasting happiness. Date/time: Tuesday July 29th, 7pm - 8:45pm. Location: Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

Docent Lecture Series at Little House - July 22, 2014

Fantastic Worlds: Surrealism and Beyond This exhibit explores how a group of artists in the early 20th century rejected convention and created works incorporating play, equipment, and fantasy that continue to influence artists today. The talk features images of works by early Surrealists Man Ray, Rene Magritte, and Salvador Dali and continues with an exploration of the Surrealists threads in the work of Jackson Pollock, Francesca Woodman, Cindy Sherman, Louise Bourgeois, and Ana Mendieta. Cost: $5 Location: Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

Cooking at the Library: Peruvian Cuisine! - July 19, 2014

The Menlo Park Library is inviting local foodies to attend a free, interactive cooking program just for adults. On July 19, Peruvian chef Nora Landa Frazier will act as “culinary ambassador” to her home country, where summer is not summer without the traditional potato dish called causa. Adults attending the hands-on demonstration, Q&A, and tasting party will try their hands at creating the popular food that originated in pre-Columbian times, but thrives in Peru today in countless creative, delicious variations. The free cooking program is specifically for adults aged 18 and over, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. It will take place Saturday, July 19 at 11a.m. in the library’s downstairs program room at 800 Alma Street. Go here for more information.

The Prairie Rose Band: Cowboy Songs of the Old West - July 12, 2014

Enjoy beautifully-harmonized vocals & fine instrumentation, as the Prairie Rose Band takes you on a musical journey to the Old West—with detours through the favorite songs of many generations. Wearing colorful cowboy outfits that Gene Autry or Roy Rogers might well have worn, Prairie Rose delights audiences with a wide-ranging repertoire that begins with songs that were popular during the Civil War, and packs in songs from Stephen Foster, folk songs, camp songs, 1930s and '40s western swing, country hits from Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, a Cole Porter tune or two, and even audience requests! The Prairie Rose Band is made up of George Martin on banjo & vocals, Paula Scholten on guitar & vocals, Gene Tortora on eight-string Dobro (acoustic slide guitar) & vocals, and Mark Hedin on bass. The band travels throughout the greater Bay Area and well beyond, prompting much toe-tapping and singing-along. “People often come up to us and exclaim, ‘I haven’t heard that song since I was a child,’” says Martin. “Hearing tunes that people have almost forgotten they knew brings them a lot of pleasure.” Singing along is encouraged; toe-tapping usually happens spontaneously. Go here for more information.

Line Dancing Class - July 09, 2014

What's Line Dancing? An hour of fun, a new dance a week, a great way to exercise. All kinds of music and no partner needed! Join our Line Dancing family in our new summer session! Classes are held every Wednesday at the Little House Activity Center near Nealon Park. Cost: $64 for 8 classes/ $12 Drop In Fee For more information call (650)326-2025 ext. 222 Location: Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025 Go here for more information.

MC Sports Broadcasting Summer Camp at YMCA - July 09, 2014

MEDIA CENTER 900 SAN ANTONIO ROAD PALO ALTO, CA 94303 Media Center Gets Grant to Expand Youth Sports Broadcasting Program to East Palo Alto - REGISTRATION FRIDAY JULY 18TH @ 5pm at YMCA Sports Broadcasting Camp to occur from July 28 to August 1 at the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA - Registration is July 18th at 5pm at the YMCA… East Palo Alto youth will now have the opportunity to participate in the Media Center’s Youth Sports Broadcasting Program. The weeklong workshop provides training for local youth by media professionals on how to operate a multi-camera live-to-tape video system with the use of the Media Center’s professional mobile production truck. Once trained, the youth will cover local sporting events to be broadcast live over the Media Center TV channels and website, as well as taped for playback on cable TV. Participating students will develop technology and teamwork skills, while also contributing to their community by telecasting up to six local sporting events for residents of East Palo Alto to enjoy. “The Media Center is proud to be a part of East Palo Alto’s strong commitment towards its youth” says Elliot Margolies, the Media Center’s Strategic Initiatives Director, further stating that the Youth Sports Broadcasting Program will add “an exciting summer activity to the choices East Palo Alto Youth have.” Chuck Alley, the Media Center’s Sports Producer/Director says he could not be more excited, “Expanding the Sports Broadcasting program to more cities has been our goal since we started the program in 2012. It’s a great opportunity to give young people real hands on experience with sports broadcasting. They get to do everything, including announcing the games, how cool is that?” To learn more about the current Youth Sports Broadcasting Program visit: For More Information Contact: Charles “Chuck” Alley 650-494-8686 ext. 37 Go here for more information.

Tuesday Tea at Little House - July 08, 2014

Latvia - 2014 European Capital of Culture featuring Gale Fullerton Join us to see this colorful and historical Baltic Country whose capital (RIGA) has been selected as the 2014 European Capital of Culture. In addition to the unforgettable Riga, you will visit Cesis, Gauja National Park, Turaida Castle, and Rundale Palace. Be one of the few Americans to see these remarkable sites. Cost: $3. Location: Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

Fourth of July Celebration! - July 02, 2014

Get your holiday weekend started early and celebrate with our family at Little House! Lunch is only $7 and includes free live entertainment! •Doors open at 11:30am •Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm •Entertainment by St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band, authentic New Orleans Traditional Jazz: 11:45am - 1:15pm •Menu: Hotdogs, hamburgers, mac salad, beans, &watermelon For more information: Kamilah Najieb-Wachob (650)326-2025 ext. 222 Location: 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

June 2014

East Palo Alto's 31st Anniversry Fireworks Show - June 28, 2014

Location: Cesar Chavez Academy School, 2450 Ralmar, East Palo Alto, CA 94303. Gates open at 7:30 PM. Show begins at dark. For information about SMC Health Permitted Vendor Opportunities, please contact Ana Torres at or call (650) 853-3152 Go here for more information.

Huge Flea Market - June 28, 2014

Building Fundraiser: Support the Domini Hoskins Black Museum & Learning Center. Saturday, June 28, 2014 9:00am-3:00pm Lots of Great Items!! Designer clothes*Shoes*Purses*Books*VHS tapes* Baby Furniture*Jewelry*Sports Memoriabilia*Glassware* Party Decorations*Toys*And much more! Go here for more information.

Tuesday Tea at Little House - June 24, 2014

On Mission to Ethiopia. It’s All About Love. Join Little House Program Manager, Julie Scales, and Silicon Valley Cardiologist, Hardwin Mead, as they take you on their medical mission in Ethiopia. This special slide show presentation will highlight the two week journey in conjunction with the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and the Ethiopian Aids Care and Treatment Project “ACT,” and their work caring for the people of Ethiopia who are impacted by AIDS. We invite you to come listen to the experience of a lifetime and learn how it was more than helping those in need; it was all about love. About the speakers: Beyond her duties at Little House, Julie is a California Certified Medical Assistant and has found passion in helping others. As a physician who enjoys the interaction with the innovators in medical technology, Hardwin has been on the advisory or executive boards of 5 cardiovascular device companies. Despite this specialization, caring for patients with all varieties of cardiovascular problems remains his focus. Free for Little House members / $3 for non-members Location: 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park CA. 94025 Go here for more information.


Hosted by RAVENSWOOD RANCH, 1103 Weeks St., East Palo Alto, CA Benefiting ABILITIES UNITED, 525 East Charleston Rd., Abilities United supports children and adults with disabilities, their families, the community, and champions a culture in which all members of society are included and appreciated for their distinctive contributions. Get your tickets, $10.00 in advance by calling Jose Rojas at (650) 274-1797 Palo Alto, CA 94306 A not-for profit 501(c)3 or email Make sure to “like” the Ravenswood Ranch on Facebook. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the day of event $15.00. Children under 12 years of age free with Accompanying Adult. JOIN US JUNE 22, 2014! GATES OPEN AT 11 A.M. GRAND ENTRY 1:30 P.M. (Rodeo Begins) Go here for more information.

Docent Lecture Series at Little House - June 17, 2014

Fine Art Mueseums of San Francisco Presents Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power From the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. This exhibit highlights Venetian painters Titian, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Mantegna, and more, primarily from the sixteenth century, all on loan from the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Featured are outstanding examples of the work of these artists that were collected by the archdukes and emperors of the Habsburg family, which are among the most celebrated holdings in the Gemäldegalerie collection. Key works include Titian’s sumptuous Danáe (1560s), Mantegna’s tortured Saint Sebastian (1457–1459) and four rare paintings by Giorgione, including The Three Philosophers (ca. 1508–1509).The exhibition also includes works by Palma, Bordone, Bassano, and more. Together, these examples represent the range of Venetian accomplishment in Renaissance-era painting Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm | Location: 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

Summer Swim Lessons at YMCA - June 16, 2014

Learn how to swim at the YMCA! Swim lessons are taught by certified swim instructors and include instruction in personal safety, water sports and games, stroke development, rescue and personal growth. Private and Small group swim lessons are available for all ages and swimming abilities. The Bell Street Community Pool is open seasonally from May 26 – October 1. Go here for more information.

Peninsula Humane Society FREE Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic - June 11, 2014

We provide FREE Spay/Neuter surgery the first Wednesday of every month, our next clinic is Wednesday June 11th 2014 @ Bell St. Park (560 Bell St X University Ave). Bring your Cat/Dog between 8am & 9am Must be 4months-8yrs and under 80lbs. No food after midnight on the night before surgery. First come first serve. No appointment needed. Any questions call 650-340-7022 ext.387 Go here for more information.

ADULT Summer Reading in Menlo Park - June 09, 2014

From June 9 to August 9, the Menlo Park Library will be offering an Adult Summer Reading Program, featuring free events and incentives just for “the over-18 set.” Adults will be able to sign up at the library or online to receive a Summer Reading Bingo card. Bingo squares may be completed by reading books in certain genres, attending library events, or exploring services on the library website such as Discover & Go, which allows library cardholders to print out free museum passes from home. Once completing a bingo, players will win a cup of coffee donated by Café Zoe, as well as a free book. They may then enter grand prize drawing for a host of local prize certificates donated by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, including dinner & a movie, grocery shopping, book store visits and more. To check out materials & use many of the web features, a free library card is necessary. Registration in the program is not necessary to attend the special events. The events and prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Separate summer reading incentive programs are being offered for children and teens, with events involving animal programs, puppetry, and interactive music sessions. The Menlo Park Library is located at 800 Alma Street, inside Burgess Park. For more event information, visit the library or Go here for more information.

Small business workshop: Fundamentals of business formation - June 09, 2014

The workshop is a free informational presentation for entrepreneurs interested in understanding different options for forming a new business. The presentation will be given by a volunteer corporate attorney. Time: 6pm-7pm on June 9, 2014. Location: JobTrain (1200 O'Brien Dr., Menlo Park, CA). To RSVP: Call 650-330-6428. Sponsored by: JobTrain, Renaissance Center, and Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto Go here for more information.

Westside Area Plan Town Hall - June 09, 2014

Community members are invited and encouraged to participate in an important General Plan Update Town Hall Meeting focusing on the Westside Area (the area west of Highway 101 – the Woodland, Willows, and University Circle neighborhoods). This is one in a series of General Plan Town Hall Meetings about the Westside, and it’s another chance for residents to share their vision and ideas for what they want this area to be  Westside Area Plan Town Hall Meeting Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:30 – 9 pm Council Chambers, City Hall, 2415 University Avenue The meeting will have Spanish translation available. Refreshments will be provided. This important Town Hall Go here for more information.

Fall Prevention & Preparedness Strategies for Older Adults & Their Loved Ones - June 07, 2014

Each year in California, more than one million older adults suffer a fall, with 200,000 of those falls resulting in injury. During a special program to be presented by the Menlo Park Library, two experts from Stanford University Medical Center will share strategies for reducing falls and increasing peace-of-mind in the home. The event to take place Saturday, June 7th at 11 a.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. The program is free, and is supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a raffle for a free key lockbox for the home, and people signing up for the Lifeline program will be given free installation. Go here for more information.

Genealogy Class - June 05, 2014

We get great satisfaction and fun from knowing the history of our ancestors- where they lived, how they managed their challenges, and why you have that family heirloom. This series of classes will get you started and well on your way to a delightful excursion of a lifetime. Thursdays, 6/5 - 7/31 (No class on 7/3 or 7/24) Cost: $79/$82 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

History Class with Michael Svanevik - June 04, 2014

New San Francisco: From Earthquake to Exposition (1906 - 1915) The Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Then the rebuilding process. Up from the ashes. A Herculean effort moredramatic and frenetic than the disaster itself. San Francisco bounces back even grander than before. Hosting the Navy, Uncle Sam's Great White Fleet, "the most spectacular show on earth." Finally, thePanama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915. San Francisco welcomes the world. Splashy! Sophisticated! Magical! The city's most memorable event of the century. Join historian Michael Svanevik for this unforgettable 8-week series. Not to be missed! Every Wednesday 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Cost: $50 Go here for more information.

Meet the iPad - June 04, 2014

Learn basis functionality, app explanation, settings management, helpful features and much more! All in a personal and comfortable setting. Every Wednesday from June 4 - June 25 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | $60 Location: 800 Middle Ave. Menlo Park, CA. 94025 Go here for more information.

May 2014

Young Human Trafficking Counselor Returns to Mid-Peninsula High School to Give Graduation Keynote - May 31, 2014

East Palo Alto native Erica Wilson, who has found her life’s passion as a counselor at a residential facility for human trafficking survivors, will be delivering the keynote address at Mid-Peninsula High School graduation on Saturday, May 31, 4:30 p.m. Wilson, 23, who graduated from the small, private high school in Menlo Park in 2009, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in communication and media studies from Dominican University in San Rafael. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and plans to become a licensed social worker to help others find their way through their darkest times. Mid-Peninsula High School is located at 1340 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Call (650) 321-1991 for more information. Go here for more information.

Summer camp sign up date - May 29, 2014

Summer is a time when people of all ages can benefit from healthy fun, enriched learning, new experiences and new friends. It’s a time of exploration, with critical out-of-school moments for kids to get active, learn new things, experience the outdoors, and discover who they are and what they can achieve. It’s a time for adults to learn how to live healthy while connecting with people from all walks of life through programs that go beyond just physical health. In summer programs at the Y, we offer all this and more in a safe, supportive environment, keeping kids and adults physically active and mentally engaged with fun activities all summer long. You become more confident and grow as an individual and as a community, creating memories to last a lifetime. And, to ensure that everyone has the chance to experience a healthy summer filled with fun, lifelong memories, the Y offers financial assistance, if you need it. Join the Y or enroll your child in our summer programs for the time of your lives. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE At the Y, we welcome everyone. We offer financial assistance to individuals and families who cannot afford membership. Pick up an application at our Membership Desk or download one at We handle all applications confidentially. Go here for more information.

"Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up With My Grandfather, Ty Cobb" - May 27, 2014

Join us for a special event at Little House with Herschel Cobb, author of Casey Award winning book, "Heart of a Tiger." Raised in a destructive home with an abusive father and an adulterous, alcoholic mother, Herschel's only saving grace was the memories of summers spent with grandfather and American baseball legend, Ty Cobb. As a baseball player in the major leagues, Ty was known for his ruthless and aggressive ways, but it was his legacy as a grandfather that saved the lives of 3 young children. "Heart of a Tiger" is an account of how a retired sports star seized a second chance at having a close family, with his grandchildren- the lucky recipients of his changed heart. For anyone who treasured moments with their grandparents and everyone who loves to hear stories of an American legend, we invite you to sit in on an afternoon to remember. 800 Middle Avenue Menlo Park, CA. 94025 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm Go here for more information.

'No Belly' Boot Camp - May 20, 2014

Get your morning fitness on! Join this fun class for mature adults and increase your strength, mobility and flexibility and reduce your fear of movement. Here we move to the music and use all sorts of fun exercise equipment that varies from class to class. Classes are held monthly every Tuesday and Thursday $13 per class/ $15 Drop-in Come try out your first class for free!! For more information call (650)326-2025 Go here for more information.

Fourth Annual Reading Bonanza in the Park - SAVE THE DATE - May 17, 2014

“Reading Bonanza in the Park” (formerly "Reading Rainbow in the Park") is a free fun family literacy expo held at Bell Street Park and is open to the public. The purpose of the event is to showcase the diversity of books and reading activities to promote a joy of reading. The event consists of reading activities, games and entertainment hosted by volunteers and community organizations. FREE books are given to all youth in attendance. Tables and booths hosting reading activities are on-going throughout the day where youth earn raffle tickets just by participating. Dozens of FREE raffle prizes are given out at each event. There are also scheduled activities such as poetry workshops, on-stage entertainment and a Spelling Bee where contestants compete for a laptop computer. More info to come! Go here for more information.

Open House at Rosener House, 500 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park - May 17, 2014

Peninsula Volunteers Rosener House Adult Day Center will host an Open House on Saturday, May 17, from 10:00-1:00. Come and experience our adult activity program in action! There will be classes led by professional staff, informational sessions with our social work staff, and our Registered Nurse and therapists will be available. Rosener House is celebrating 36 years of care for adults with challenges, including post-stroke, Parkinson's, mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Call 650-322-0126 for more information. Go here for more information.

Mid-Peninsula High School Presents “Night of the Arts,” A Year-End Celebration of Student Art, Music and Theater For the Greater Community - May 16, 2014

The year-end celebration of creativity transforms the small private school into an immersive experience of original art featuring individual pieces and installations by about 80 students, musical performances by four student ensembles, a theater performance and a delectable edible art reception. “The Night of the Arts best demonstrates who we are as a learning community,” says Head of School Doug C. Thompson. “Kids embrace art without any hesitation, which is quite remarkable, and they’re all working together very cooperatively to make the show go on. The quality of the work is really extraordinary.” The public is invited to attend Night of the Arts and also view the exhibit the following week, May 19–21, 3:30–5 p.m. Weekday visitors are asked to check in at the front desk. WHEN: Friday, May 16, 5–8 p.m. WHERE: 1340 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 COST: Free INFO: (650) 321-1991 Go here for more information.

My War, My Life - May 13, 2014

Join author, Sophie Stallman as she discusses her book that captures life with her Polish family during World War 2. My Life My War is the extraordinary story of one girl’s battle to not only survive the tragedies and challenges she faced in WWII, but to continually rise above any adversity. Her life serves not only as a moving testimony to the strength and endurance of the human spirit, but as a tribute to those who were not able to leave Warsaw alive Free for members / $3 for non-members Go here for more information.

"Bring Back Our Girls" Vigil - May 12, 2014

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other special guest speakers will participate in a "Bring Back Our Girls" vigil, which will take place on Monday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Lytton Plaza in Palo Alto. Lytton Plaza is located at 2200 University Avenue, near the corner of University Avenue and Emerson St. In addition to the speakers, expect African drumming and a libation ceremony. Participants are being asked to bring signs and wear red. Go here for more information.

After School Archery Apprenticeship - May 09, 2014

Come cheer on our East Palo Alto middle school students as the McNair Warriors take on the Chavez Eagles in their very first Scholastic Archery Competition. The competition will be held at Cesar Chavez Academy (gymnasium) at 2450 Ralmar Ave., East Palo Alto, CA from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Go here for more information.

Watercolor with Alisan Andrews - May 07, 2014

Join us for a fun and exciting class in watercolor painting. Learn the basic techniques of this specific medium and how to control water. Gain understanding of paint, colors, paper, and the use of brushes. Alisan is a signature member of The Society of Western Artists and the Sequoia Art Group. She is also a member of Santa Clara Watercolor Society, and the California Watercolor Association. Classes held every Wednesday until June 25, $120 Go here for more information.

Tour of the Zechariah Community for Peace and Empowerment - May 06, 2014

A free event from 11am - 12:00pm with light lunch served. Tour the Zechariah Community for Empowerment and Peace, a four unit development for local college students and female heads of households developed by Able Works. Located at 2150 Poplar Avenue. Go here for more information.

An Evening of Classical, Jazz and Gospel - May 03, 2014

The Bay Area Baptist District Association Scholarship Committee presents An Evening of Classical, Jazz and Gospel. The evening event is a concert benefit that will provide scholarships for the "Class of 2014" high school graduates in East Palo Alto. The evening will feature special guests: Dr.Condoleezza Rice, a classical pianist and Obba Babatunde, an actor/entertainer who will be the MC. The Jazz music will be performed by the "Footnotes Jazz Band" and other local talent like Angel Eaglin, Ernest Brown, Mother Onion, Mariam Kubursi, Marion Brewer, Shay Winston, Rhonda Benin and Denise YoungSmith. The event will be held Saturday May 3, 2014 @ the Cubberly Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, CA. For tickets and more information, contact Clara Rice at (650)325-9022 at the Jerusalem Baptist Church or call Georgia Hudson at (650)800-7444. Tickets: Adults-$75.00/Children under 12-$50.00. Go here for more information.

Author Event: “Wartime Memories: Growing Up, Growing Away from Occupation” - May 03, 2014

Two local authors of recently-published World War II memoirs will be sharing their memories and discussing their books at a special program to be presented by the Menlo Park Library on May 3. Eva W. Maiden, author of Decisions in the Dark: A Refugee Girl’s Journey, and K. Sophie Stillman, author of My War, My Life, will talk about their memoirs and their flights from Nazi occupation as young people, as well as their lives in their adopted country: the United States. The event will take place Saturday, May 3rd at 11 a.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. The program is free, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Go here for more information.

Go Retro! Kara’s Annual Fundraiser - May 03, 2014

On Saturday afternoon, May 3rd, please join us at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto for a special fundraising event and 'retro party' to raise funds for Kara's crucial services. You will have a one of a kind opportunity to participate in a silent auction, live auction, and games, and enjoy live music, dancing, and great food and drink as you travel back mid-century to the 50s, 60s, 70s and even the 80s! So get out your yearbooks and dust off your loafers, favorite LPs, and leisure suits and start prepping for an event you won't want to miss! This fundraiser helps sustain the critical grief support services that Kara provides to children and adults, families, schools, and businesses in our community. For 38 years, Kara has delivered hope and healing to those suffering personal loss and grief in the Bay Area. 
For more information and to register, visit our event website at Where: Lucie Stern Community Center 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Contact: Christine Russell 650-321-5272 ext. 23 Admission: Individual tickets to the event are $100, and a Group Package is $500 for 6 tickets. Go here for more information.

Housing Resource Fair - May 03, 2014

Come by St. Francis of Assisi Church (1425 Bay Road) on Saturday, May 10th from 11:00am - 4:00pm for a FREE and fun housing event! Get information and talk to local agencies and non-profit organizations working to better your housing situation, whether you are a senior, homeowner, potential homebuyer, or renter. There will be plenty of exhibitors and breakout sessions that you can attend, and raffle prizes too! All are welcome. Lunch provided by Mi Rancho, and plenty of parking on site. Go here for more information.

April 2014

Fitness & Nutrition workshop - April 26, 2014

Join us for Gospel workout, Nutrition workshop and free cholesterol screening. Nutrition workshop sponsored by the African-American Community Health Advisory Committee. The workshop will be held at Community Church of East Palo, 2201 University Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303. 650.323.5839 Go here for more information.

Stepping Stones Growth Center's 12th Annual Every Step Counts 1-Mile Walk & 5K Run - April 26, 2014

Lace up your shoes and help enhance the independence, self-sufficiency and quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities at the 12th Annual Every Step Counts 1-Mile Walk & 5K Run along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail. Bring your children and running partners to this family-friendly USA Track & Field (USATF) sanctioned event. Check-in and day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the San Leandro Marina Park picnic tables near the walking path, and the event begins at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee includes a t-shirt, goodie bag and refreshments, and participants will be entered for prize drawings. Medals will be awarded to the top first-run finisher in each age division, male and female. San Leandro Marina, 13800 Monarch Bay Dr., San Leandro 94577

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Warrior Canine Connection Anniversary Celebration - April 26, 2014

Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), an organization that provides canine-facilitated therapy to recovering wounded, ill and injured Warriors and Veterans, will celebrate its one-year anniversary on the West Coast. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Welcome Center on the Menlo Park Campus of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, located at 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA. The anniversary event, which is open to the public, will honor the numerous Veterans and VA Clinical Staff who have contributed to the success of WCC’s West Coast Program. Hosted by Cate Dorr, WCC West Coast Program director, and local volunteers, the celebration will feature service dog demonstrations, food, live music, and a special presentation about the WCC program. Veteran-based non-profit organizations taking part will include American Gold Star Mothers, Operation L.O.V., and Pin-Ups for Vets. Go here for more information.

Intermediate Facebook Class - April 24, 2014

Not sure how this whole "Social Media" craze works? Come to Little House and find out! Students should already have a Facebook account, and also know their Facebook password. Seat are limited and you must provide your own laptop/iPad. Cost: $10 To Register: Nadia Lei (650) 326-2025 ext. 224 or Go here for more information.

Changes in the Cost of Flood Insurance: How it Affects You - April 23, 2014

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and the City of Palo Alto invite residents of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park to a community meeting regarding the latest changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and flood insurance rates. A new law approved in 2012 and recently modified makes significant changes to flood insurance rates and policies that affect residents and businesses in the FEMA-designated floodplain. MEETING DETAILS: Changes in the Cost of Flood Insurance: How it Affects You Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Palo Alto Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue (The meeting will also be cablecast live on Government Channel 26 and webcast live on the Media Center website at: Edie Lohmann, NFIP Flood Insurance Specialist, will present information on the latest legislative changes, how they affect your insurance, and answer questions about flood insurance, elevation certificates, and related topics. For more information, visit Go here for more information.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Presentation - April 22, 2014

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to present Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art, featuring the work of 19th century avant-garde painters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition includes nearly 70 paintings, and features a selection of intimately scaled impressionist and post-impressionist still lifes, portraits and landscapes, whose charm and fluency invite close scrutiny. The significance of this exhibition is grounded in the high quality of each example and in the works’ variety of subject matter. The paintings’ dimensions reflect their intended function: display in domestic interiors. Their intimate effect also extends to the paintings’ themes—many are studies of the artists’ favorite places and depictions of people familiar to them, and the works often became gifts shared among friends. Tuesday, April 22 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm | Free for members/ $5 for non-members Go here for more information.

EPA Community Earth Day Celebration - April 19, 2014

Are you looking for a great place to spend your morning on Earth Day? Committee for Green Foothills has worked to organize the EPA Community Earth Day Celebration on April 19th, 2014. Meet at Bell St Park at 8:30am, where participants can register for a program to participate in, then disperse ourselves throughout the City to various projects aimed at having fun, beautifying the City of East Palo Alto, and providing important information about creating a healthy environment for you and your family. Bring your children and friends to volunteer at this event. We are still seeking site captains, people who are willing to lead small groups to simple projects; please let us know which leaders in mind who would like to help out in a leadership capacity for this event. No experience required. We will train you. For more information, contact Elizabeth Sarmiento or call (650) 968-7243, ext 340. Go here for more information.

Easter Palo Alto Senior Center Fish Fry - April 17, 2014

Enjoy as much fish as you can eat. It's the East Palo Alto Senior Center's new fundraiser and it's a Fish Fry. The Fish Fry will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – until all of the food is sold out. Donations to the Senior Center are tax deductible. Thursday's Fish Fry will take place at the East Palo Alto Senior Center at 560 Bell Street in East Palo Alto, CA. For additional information, contact Mrs. Grant at (650) 329-5900. Go here for more information.

CodeNow Accepting Applications for Computer Programming Training - April 15, 2014

CodeNow is a local nonprofit that teaches underrepresented youth computer programming skills. Our mission is to narrow the digital divide in the tech community by providing coding courses to high school students who would not normally have access to such technology. Students who are accepted will receive a scholarship of $250 to participate in CodeNow. They will learn to create interactive games and applications in the programming language Ruby. The students will receive individualized training from industry professionals at Facebook’s headquarters. Best of all, no prior programming skills are needed! The training will be held May 3rd, 4th, and 17th. We accept applications on a first-come, first-serve basis so please let your community know ASAP! The deadline to apply is April 22nd. Interested students should apply online at A flyer with this information can be downloaded and printed here: Go here for more information.

The History of 16MM Movies- Then and Now - April 15, 2014

Join local film historian Jim Chase as he takes you down memory lane, back to an era when the flicker of the projector heralded the sound of the birth of America’s great motion picture era. Classic movies of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, including A Farewell to Arms, Strange Alibi, Fire over Africa, and Miracle in the Rain are part of Jim’s vast collection. Preview an example of a film from this era as Jim discusses the history of 16mm film, its legacy and how and if they survive in this new era of digital media. Tuesday, April 15 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm | Free for members/ $3 for non-members Go here for more information.

Receive Free Assistance Around Your Home! - April 10, 2014

Realtor Service Volunteer Program Come learn about the annual week-long community outreach program! RSVP provides free assistance to qualified seniors who can not otherwise perform certain household tasks. Frequently Requested Tasks: • Wash windows • Flip a mattress • Change furnace filters • Change light bulbs • Rake leaves/ trim hedges • Move furniture • And more! How do I sign up to request service? Applications must be completed by the resident during the provided hours of the Community Forum at Little House on April 10th. Go here for more information.

Celebration of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the first East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Ordinance - April 09, 2014

There will be a special presentation honoring the thirtieth anniversary of the passage of the first East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Ordinance on 10 April 1984. The special presentation takes place at the Regular Meeting of the East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Board. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and takes place in the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers at 2415 University Avenue in East Palo Alto. There are several items on the agenda preceding the special presentation. It is anticipated that the special presentation and reception following will begin about 8:00 p.m. and last no more than 30 minutes before the Rent Board resumes consideration of the remaining items on the agenda. Go here for more information.

Meet the iPad - April 09, 2014

Learn basic functionality, app explanation, settings management, helpful features and much more! All in a personal and comfortable setting. Taught by Curtis Golden of Seniors Savvy. Wednesday, 4/9 - 4/30 | 6:30PM - 7:30PM | $60 Go here for more information.

Opening of the East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market - April 09, 2014

The 2014 Market Season of the East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market starts TOMORROW! Now, you can join us every Wednesday from 12:00 - 3:00 at Ravenswood Family Health Center, 1798 Bay Road, East Palo Alto for a thriving Farmers Market. The Market is home to the Fresh Checks program, which doubles the value of purchases made by qualifying low-income customers at the market. The market also accepts EBT, WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks, and cash. Every third Wednesday of the month join us for a free cooking demonstration at the market, and come by regularly for activities and tabling hosted by other East Palo Alto organizations. Email Market Manager Gaby Lopez ( if you are interested in receiving a weekly email or text message reminder about the market! Interested in supporting the market on a regular basis? Sign up for the Root Box, our weekly Community Supported Agriculture Program, and receive a weekly box of produce sourced directly from farmers and East Palo Alto Backyard Gardeners, delivered to one of many convenient delivery locations! Go here for more information.

A Memoir Writing Class- Write Your Life - April 03, 2014

Tap into your creative vision to write stories for personal satisfaction or publication. Instructor, Phyllis Butler, is an author and feature columnist. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and other international publications. She has worked as an Executive Editor with Celestial Arts' Les Femmes Boks, and studied with Joseph Campbell and Wallace Stegner. Thursdays, 4/3-4/24 | 1:30PM - 2:30PM | Cost: $50 for Little House members/$55 for non-members/$15 Drop-in Go here for more information.

Digital Photography with Neal Menschel! - April 03, 2014

If you’re looking for a workshop that teaches the secrets of professional photography, AND YOU LIKE TO HAVE FUN, you’ve come to the right place! Join acclaimed photo journalist, Neal Menschel, for this four week workshop focusing on camera equipment, capturing images, composition, texture, and creating dynamite photos. Whether you’re a beginner with a passion to take great pictures, or an advanced photographer looking to polish existing skills, our photography workshop will provide you with a real, hands-on education. Thursdays, 4/3 - 4/24 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | $150 Go here for more information.

'No Belly' Boot Camp - April 02, 2014

Join us for this high intensity interval training class (HIIT) and flatten that belly and get in the best shape of your life. Check us out, the first session is on us! Mon/Wed/Fri | 7:00AM - 7:50AM (12 Class Meetings/month) Cost: $13 per class/ $15 Drop-In Go here for more information.

Why Weight? Wednesday - Saturday April 2- 5, 2014 - April 02, 2014

994 Beech Street East Palo Alto, Ca 94303/ 4 Day Health Seminar with Dr. Collin Ross of Pacific Health Education; Exercise Classes, Workshops, and Community Health Services; Wednesday:5:30 - 6:15 Kick Boxing Thursday: 5:30 - 6:15 Zumba Friday : 5:30 - 6:15 Community Health Services Presentation: East Palo Alto YMCA & Rape Trauma Services Nightly Workshops: 6:30 - 8:00 pm Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner, Makeover/ Moods and Foods 1,2,3/ Secrets to Longevity/ Insomnia/ Hypertension/ Saturday Workshop 4:00 pm Go here for more information.

March 2014

Project WeHOPE Holds Fundraiser Dinner To Support Homeless Programs - March 29, 2014

Project WeHOPE, a non-profit organization located in East Palo Alto aimed at helping the city’s homeless, invites local community leaders and individual donors to an exclusive fundraising event on March 29 called Life’s Healing Choices Dinner. Guests can choose between a 5 PM or 7 PM seating, where they will be treated to delicious BBQ from Texas Roadhouse, and learn about the many programs and specific courses Project WeHOPE offers, such as nutrition and cooking classes, financial literacy courses and various physical and mental health therapies for the homeless. These and many other programs are essential in helping clients transition to becoming self-sufficient so that they may be able to move into housing. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event, please contact us at or visit Go here for more information.

Intermediate Facebook Class - March 27, 2014

Looking to expand your knowledge on the fundamentals of Facebook?! Join us here at Little House for a look into the world of social media. Classes taught by Patricia Dwyer, CEO Digital Chaos Control- all students will receive personal attention. Cost: $10 *Must provide your own laptop/ iPad *Seats are limited Call 650-326-2025 ext.224 to reserve a spot Go here for more information.

Meet Local Author Barbara McNally - March 25, 2014

Living Out All Your Colors - What would you do if you weren’t afraid to live out all your colors? Based on her personal story, join Barbara in an interactive presentation on the idea of living out all your colors and what that would look like for your life. Go here for more information.

Seminars for Homeowners, Tenants and Consumers - Free Legal and HUD-certified counseling - March 22, 2014

Upcoming workshop on Saturday, 3/22/2014 San Mateo Public Library 55 W 3rd Ave. San Mateo, CA 10:00 - 12:00Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto is partnering with HERA, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo, Project Sentinel and Able Works on three upcoming workshops. The purpose of these workshops is to provide residents with information and tools to take charge of their housing-related and financial circumstances. We will provide information for homeowners and tenants in foreclosure and consumers with credit counseling and debt defense needs. There will be opportunities for residents to meet with credit and housing counselors as well as legal aid attorneys. The workshops are entirely free and are open to the public without any obligation or expectation. Information will be available in English and Spanish. Go here for more information.

Tales of Magic & Blarney with Storyteller Ruth Halpern - March 22, 2014

Tales from the Emerald Isles will come alive in Menlo Park on March 22 during a free storytelling performance to be presented by the Menlo Park Historical Association and the Menlo Park Library. Storyteller Ruth Halpern will be presenting “Tales of Magic & Blarney,” enchanting, surprising stories of fairies, leprechauns, pots of gold, funny giants and Irish riddles “for ages 5 to 105,” Saturday, March 22nd at 11 a.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. For more information, click on the calendar link at Go here for more information.

Community Meeting to Discuss the Cooley Landing Education Center - March 17, 2014

This meeting will be held to make sure that everyone is on the same page with regard to the way the Cooley Landing Education Center's new building plans are organized and that everyone agrees about how the building will look. The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. TO 9:00 p.m. in the COMMUNITY ROOM AT CITY HALL at 2415 UNIVERSITY AVENUE EAST PALO ALTO. For more information, email Peter Geraghty at Go here for more information.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration! - March 17, 2014

Join us here at Little House for some traditional Irish food, fun, and entertainment! 9:30AM - 11:00AM: Bake sale and Irish Coffee 11:30AM—1:00PM: Traditional cornbeef and cabbage lunch and live entertainment featuring “Rosin The Bow” | Lunch $6 1:30PM: Irish Movie- “Waking Ned Devine" Go here for more information.

Westside Area Plan Advisory Committee on Housing - March 17, 2014

The Westside Area Plan Advisory Committee (WAPAC) will host an informational session on affordable housing in East Palo Alto. The meeting will include a presentation on existing housing conditions on the Westside and a general overview of the laws, regulations and policies around housing in the City. Following the presentation, there will be a discussion and question and answer session on housing-related topics. The Westside Area Plan Advisory Committee will be held on March 17th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at the East Palo Alto Senior Center Dining Room located at 560 Bell Street. Please note that this is a different location than previous meetings.See the meeting agenda on the project website address below. Go here for more information.


COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT FAIR Saturday. March 15th from 9am--2 pm Ravenswood Family Health Center, 1807 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. Call for appointment 650/330-7416. Walk-in will be first come, first served Go here for more information.

A History of the Violin Through Poetry and Art - March 11, 2014

Join local author and poet Charlotte Muse as she reads poetry from her newly published book, Violin. The book is a series of poems that explore the history of the violin, including the lives of Italian violin makers Gasparo da Salo and Antonio Stradivari, the instrument’s range and expressiveness and how the violin changed music forever. Local award-winning artist Joyce Savre, who rendered the art work for Muse’s book, will discuss how she created paintings that reveal the depth and mystery of the violin. Both paintings and poems flow together and convey a feeling of music. This will be an enchanting afternoon not to be missed. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Road Menlo Park, CA. 94025 1:30pm to 2:30pm | Free for members / $3 non-members Go here for more information.

Landscape Painting With Jenny Wantuch - March 11, 2014

Do you have art supplies waiting to be used? Then come and join this indoor class and turn your art supplies to beautiful landscapes! Learn how to successfully use photography and other reference materials to create your artwork. Any medium is welcome. Also, learn the secrets of composition and color theory. You will get a lot of personal attention and support. Contact the instructor ( for more information about the class. For more information on Jenny, visit her website at Tuesdays, 3/4-3/25 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM | Monthly Cost: $80 (for four classes) Go here for more information.

East Palo Alto Community Prayer Walk for Peace - March 08, 2014

The East Palo Alto Community Prayer Walk for Peace will start at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. Rev. Lawrence C. Goode, other faith clergy, community leaders and the survivors of violent crimes will join in a Prayer Walk for Peace in an effort to stop the violence in East Palo Alto. For more info., contact Julio Escobar at 415-861-9579 or Rev. Goode at 650-322-2152. Go here for more information.





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