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Thanks to my wonderful and inspiring manager, JT Thompson, head of Intero in Los Altos for circulating it through our office.

1) Midtown Business/Neighbor News
2) City/County/Schools Events/Notes
3) Local Events
1) MIDTOWN TIDBITS:logo for Midtown Residents AssociationMIDTOWN EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
THE MIDTOWN BEARS ARE COMING TO HOOVER PARK! SOON!!!! Name the Hoover Park Bear Cubs: Hoover Park will soon have new statues of a mama bear and her three cubs. Go to the MRA web site ( and click a pic for a larger view of each cub. Send your entries to or bring them to the Ice Cream Social on September 15th! Don’t forget to tell us which bear you are naming!
Unveiling October 3. Keep tuned.* LAST CALL: TWO MORE ADULT VICTIMS NEEDED: September 21: QUAKEVILLE 2013:The City of Palo Alto’s Office of Emergency Services will once again sponsor Quakeville 2013 on September 21 at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road. Quakeville is an annual emergency preparedness event to engage the community to be prepared when the next earthquake strikes. We are currently recruiting volunteers to play the role of victims after a simulated earthquake.  Volunteers will be needed on Saturday, September 21, from 10:30AM – 5:00PM.  Volunteers who register (and participate) will receive a commemorative t-shirt. To sign up, go to   For information, go to

* September 28: A Day of Fun Family Activities at 47th Annual Harvest Festival from 9am–4pm at Palo Alto Friends Meeting, 957 Colorado Ave. (between Louis and Greer). FREE:  Live music, food, a huge used book sale, treasures, and a large rummage sale for adults and children! FOOD, FUN & FREE ENTERTAINMENT:MIDTOWN BUSINESS:** Uber Eyes Optometry won Best of Palo Alto 2013 in the Eyewear category!! Woo Hoo! Congratulations

** Support Midtown Business: A special shout-out to the LOCAL business who supported the MRA Ice Cream Social – Acterra, FABMO (great craft ideas),  Piazza’s (ice cream) School of Rock (awesome music!), Uber Eyes (Weekly award winner), and United School of Defense (martial arts performance- stop by and see how you can be a martial arts expert). It was fun! Thanks to everyone who came and made the event such a tasty success. Thanks to the many staff members from City of Palo Alto departments, including city manager Jim Keene, as well as ice cream scoopers from Council and Commissions,

2) CITY/COUNTY/SCHOOL EVENTSlogo for Midtown Residents Association

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION latest update of  projects and activities on the City’s website at:

September  23: Action items include: Stalled Building Construction. Full agenda at
POSTPONED: RFP Review for the “Arts & Innovation District” Improvements, (27 University Stanford-Arillaga project) Traffic Impact Analysis for the Arts and Innovation District) and Downtown Development Cap Study

Palo Alto Utilitiy Update:
* PG&E STILL BUSY HERE—especially out east of Highway 101.  There will be work—and related lane closures–along E. Bayshore Road, related to their construction of a new “PIG launching facility.” Starting in October a new project to raise the height of towers near the Golf Course will get underway—that one will involve helicopters! Details on our website:
* MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE: I have “electrifying” news about our new landfill gas-to-energy facility that opened yesterday…green power is headed our way right now from this new renewable resource.  Check out the details at
* CITY TREE CONTRACTOR NAME CHANGE—from now on, when you see trucks working on trees emblazoned with the name “Utility Tree Services” the work is still being done by the reliable, family-owned Asplundh tree crews who’ve been serving Palo Alto for years. All that has changed is their name!  Don’t be nervous when you see these crews, especially in light of all the recent scams in which bad guys masquerade as public workers.
* NEW KIDS UTILITIES SAFETY WEBSITE—we’ve created our first web page targeted to young people and we invite you and your kids to check it out.  We’ve also created some fun, interactive Safety Detective Kits that we would be happy to distribute at any youth organization meeting or event.  As long as I’m on the subject of youth outreach, let me remind you we have games, demos and more on topics ranging from electric, gas and water safety to efficiency and conservation; we can customize a presentation or a “booth display” to fit your group’s needs. My colleague Christen Creed is coordinating our youth outreach program, so feel free to contact her anytime.

SEPTEMBER 28:Assemblyman Rich Gordon & Michael Kirst, President of the California State Board of Education, for a discussion on K-12 Education in California, including: the newly crafted Local Control Funding Formula, the education budget, Common Core Standards etc. from  10 AM – noon. at Palo Alto Unified School District, Board Room,  25 Churchill. RSVP to the District Office: 691-2121.

OCTOBER 3:  Gallery Ambassador Training at 5 PM.  Looking for a fall volunteer opportunity? Consider attending the next Gallery Ambassador training on Thursday, October 3rd from 5-6:30pm at the Art Center. A great opportunity for outgoing volunteers with an interest in the arts. Gallery Ambassadors are the friendly faces of the Art Center, welcoming visitors, answer basic questions, and ensuring each guest has a great Art Center experience. Feel free to RSVP now,

OCTOBER 5: Covered California Option: New Health Care Options.  Hosted by Assemblyman Gordon & Senator Hill. Learn about your coverage options under health care reform and how to enroll in the new plans from 10 AM – noon at the Mountain View City Hall, Council Chambers,500 Castro Street, Mountain View.RSVP by calling the District Office: 691-2121.

OCTOBER 22: The staff of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will conduct public workshops to present, discuss, and receive comments on draft Regulation 14, Rule 1: The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program. See this link for more information.

3) LOCAL EVENTSlogo for Midtown Residents AssociationSee all the JCC Arts and Dialog offerings for August/September at all Avenidas Activities at
* September 26 from 7-8:30pm to hear about “How to Increase Balance and Decrease Falls.”  FREE at  Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, (270 Escuela Avenue near Rengstorff). We provide free supervision for your elderly loved ones if needed.  For information, or to RSVP for a workshop, please call (650) 289-5499 or
* September 28: Avenidas’ 10th Annual Caregiver Conference. Early Bird Pricing of $35  if you register by Sept. 20th. So visit us at or call (650) 289-5435 for details & to register.
* Oct. 24, 7-8:30 pm: “Stress Reduction Techniques”
* Nov.14, 7-8:30 pm: “Understanding Family Dynamics”

COMMON GROUND 559 College Ave,
September 21:Safe, Effective Pest and Disease Control from 10:30 – 12:30. FREE, To register click Safe, Effective Pest and Disease Control
September 28: Fall Vegetable & Herb Gardening . 10:30 – 12:30. FEE: $33. To register click Fall Vegetable and Herb Gardening

SEPTEMBER 20: 29th Annual Moonlight Run & Walk: 7 – 10 PM. Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road.Participate in Palo Alto’s popular 5k and 10k Moonlight Run & Walk to celebrate the Harvest Moon. Early deadline to pre-register is Friday September 13 and registration is available online only. On day of event, registration table open at 6 PM. Event is co-sponsored by the City & the Weekly. For more 463-4953 or email

SEPTEMBER 20: If your son/daughter is interested in digital photography, please read on.   There is a private photography mentoring program that is looking for 2 or 3 more students to join.  It would be a year-long program during after-school hours at a studio in downtown Palo Alto (or in the field on weekends), starting from October 2013.  Actual schedule is not finalized yet and will be discussed among all families.  The mentor Tom Upton is a professional/commercial photographer who is not only an good photographer but also a great instructor for teens and adults.   For more information or details about the program,  there will be 2 info sessions, free of charge, where the photographer and mentor will meet with the prospect students and families to answer all the questions. The information is as follows: from 5 to 5:30 pm  at Location: Tom’s private studio, downtown Palo Alto (address will be provided to registered families). RSVP at

SEPTEMBER 20:Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale & Entertainment: Fri, Sep 13, 3:30-7:30pm & Fri, Sep 20, 3:30-7:30pm at 50 Embarcadero Rd, near the HayMarket Theatre.  LIVE glass blowing demonstrations and a LIVE band (5-7) each Friday.

SEPTEMBER 21: Acterra sponsored event: National Day of Action: Draw the Line on Sea Level Rise from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Join in’s National Day of Action to show the devastating impact of sea level rise by marching through the Greer Park, Palo Alto neighborhood carrying blue streamers showing the projected water level from climate change. The Raging Grannies and environmental speakers will be at this event. For more information, please visit the Silicon Valley website.

SEPTEMBER 21: Coastal Clean Up Day: 9 AM – Noon. Adobe and Matadero Creeks, E Bayshore Road (meet at the footbridge near the Emily Renzel Marsh pond). Creek cleanup days are a great way to get involved and volunteer. Wear long pants, sturdy close-toed shoes, insect repellent and sunscreen. All youth under 18 must be with an adult. Please download and complete waiver form before arrival. Sign up in advance for Matadero Creek or for Adobe Creek (also along East Bayshore Road). Call 329-2598 for more information.

SEPTEMBER 21: Lose Your Lawn Talks Series starts. Attend these how-to talks, given by Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professionals, that provide design and plant selection advice as well as walk you through converting your lawn without breaking your back or your wallet. For more information and the series schedule,please visit the Bay-Friendly Coalition website.

SEPTEMBER 21/22: Learn to Blow Glass at Palo Alto High School. Sat & Sun.   Sep 21-22, Oct 5-6, Nov 9-10, Dec 7-8 for 2013. More in 2014. WHen: 9-3 pm at Palo Alto High School’s  Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd.   Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $375 per person. Open to the public. To sign up, contact: David Camner, founder of the Paly Fiery Arts,

SEPTEMBER 22: Next Repair Cafe from 11 am – 3 pm at the  Museum of American Heritage   351 Homer Avenue. Bring your broken household items to the Repair Cafe in Palo Alto and work with our Repair Volunteers, your neighbors, friends and others to keep your favorite things working and out of our scarce landfill. Be a part of this world-wide movement to repair, not replace!  Repair Café is an assemblage of fellow Palo Altans  proficient in repair and ready to take on repair challenges you may carry to the café. There is no fee, but donations are welcome to cover small expenses.   Most household items are welcomed, We have bike mechanics, seamstresses, and computer technicians that have been a bit underutilized, so this could be a good time to bring these items in.

SEPTEMBER 23:  Mollie Stone’s Markets (164 S. California) Announces the Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Palo Alto. First California-based grocer to offer EV charging continues to lead environmental and consumer effort from 11AM to Noon

SEPTEMBER 24-29: The Great Glass Pumpkin returns to the Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. FREE. Children are welcome!  Celebrating its 18th anniversary, the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® is the largest glass pumpkin patch in California. Featuring over 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by 24 prominent glass artisans, this beloved fall event returns to the newly renovated Palo Alto Art Center. Wander through a dazzling array of one-of-a kind glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects designed to reflect nature’s brilliance in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. From bold, contemporary designs, to earthy tones, to delicate and ornate with iridescent accents, these glass art pumpkins are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving, yet beautiful enough to display year-round. Weekend sales from 10AM.

SEPTEMBER 26: Stanford Blood Center presents sleepless Nights and Sleep Problems and Disorders fro 7-8:30PM at the Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Avenue. FREE with complimentary beverages and cookies. Questions call KEvin ONeill 725-254- or

SEPTEMBER 27: New Exhibit at Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) (351 Homer Avenue )  that highlights television in its early years when it became a major source of entertainment and had a vast cultural impact.  The exhibition opens September 27, 2013 and runs until March 23, 2014.  Television: A History displays a variety of unique 1940s and 1950s era television sets from the Museum’s collection. The exhibit explores everything from how a television works to its social impacts.  For those looking for a nostalgia trip, 1950s and 1960s television programs and commercials are featured. Younger visitors are welcome to enjoy early children’s TV programs and hands-on activities.  To complement the theme, a collection of TV inspired lunch boxes are also on display.  Regular exhibit hours are 11 AM to 4 PM, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (unless otherwise noted). FREE Admission to the galleries.

SEPTEMBER 27: Electricity Without Fossil Fuels: What’s Happening in Our Local Cities? Acterra Co-Sponsored Event from 7:30 pm (7:15 pm for social time) at the Fireside Room, Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Road. FREE.

SEPTEMBER 28: Workshop from Graywater to Green Gardens:  9 AM – Noon. Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road. Reduce water use and keep your garden green! Learn to reuse water safely from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants by knowing the regulations as well as the best soaps to use and plants to irrigate. At the workshop, put together a sample system with real parts. Workshop is free and pre-registration is required at

SEPTEMBER 29:  Palo Alto Airport Day: 10 AM – 4 PM. Palo Alto Airport, 1925 Embarcadero Road. The Palo Alto Airport Association (PAAA) will host Airport Day to offer the community a chance to see its airport up close including touring the control tower barring last minute security concerns (review FAA Control Tower tour restrictions in advance). There will be educational exhibits, food vendors, facility tours, aircraft-oriented items for sale and fun diversions for the kids, including FREE flights for kids 8-17 years of age throughout the day.

SEPTEMBER 29: JCC presents: Hansel and Gretel from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM. FEE: $15 Members, students & children ages 14 & under; $18 Non-Members. .  A family friendly version of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, with orchestral music and multimedia visuals. The performance features a live orchestra and pre/post-show children’s activities, including an instrument petting zoo, a dance demonstration and cookie decorating. The orchestra is led by San Francisco Ballet conductor, maestro Ming Luke who returns to the OFJCC for his second multicultural children’s performance. Guest narrators will tell the tale in English, Russian, Mandarin and Hebrew. This more upbeat version of the classic children’s fairy tale is appropriate for children two years and up.

OCTOBER 3: JCC  presents:  Arias and Duets: Frederica von Stade and Laurie Rubin in Concert from 7:30 PM. FEE: $30 Members, students & seniors | $35 Non-Members in advance | $40 at the door.  Experience a performance like no other with world renowned Opera singers Frederica von Stade and Laurie Rubin . Described by the New York Times as “one of America’s finest artists and singers,” Ms. von Stade has enriched the world of classical music for three decades, with a career that has taken her to the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. Laurie Rubin has also performed in various venues all over the world including New York, Washington, D.C., London and Rome. Lauded by the New York Times for her “compelling artistry” and “communicative power,” she recently released her memoir about her life as a blind opera singer.

OCTOBER 5: Deborah’s Palm Motown Gala Event, “What’s Going On?” set for Saturday, October 5, at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center! This event is our main fundraiser for us, and allows us to continue to provide our innovative programs for all women on the Peninsula.Amazing silent auction items, FEATURING THE BAND:TOP SHELF! Costume contest, and extraordinary door prizes! You will not want to miss this event! FOOD & WINE is PROVIDED BY..  Joya, La Strada, Figo and Three Seasons in Palo Alto. Plus fruit and desserts provided by Hobee’s and Cheesecake Factory. Purchase tix: 

OCTOBER 5: 2013 Solar Home Tour & Workshops: The Road to Zero Net Energy — Saturday, October 5 – 10:30 am to 5 pm, Meet at Community Room, Lucie Stern Center.
Self-guided tour of eight local homes, including two that are totally Zero Net Energy. Maps will be distributed from 12 noon until 2:30 pm, and plug-in and all-electric vehicle owners will show their cars and offer rides starting at 10:30 am as well. Pre-registration is required.  The program is free, but a donation is requested ($10/person, $15 for families is suggested). For more information and to register, see

OCTOBER 6: Neighbors Abroad International Faire from 111Am till 5PM at Lucie Stern Community Center.  Games, Face Painting, Food, International Store, Storytelling, crafts and more.

OCTOBER 6: Gamble Garden Community day and Plant Sale from 10Am till 2PM. For more details see: FREE & open to the community. Throughout the day neighbors, friends, volunteers, and families will be entertained, educated, and inspired.
* Kids can make flower arrangements with The Garden Club of Palo Alto to take home.
* Canopy will offer fun activities for tree huggers of all ages!
* Bring a picnic and eat in a gorgeous setting! Or visit the Speedy Panini food truck for lunch.
* Climb on a Palo Alto Fire Truck or sit in a Police Car!
* Explore the garden on your own or with an “Explorer” map for kids.
* Palo Alto Children’s Library ~ storytime and crafts
* Wheeler Farms Compost “Buy the Bag” – $5.00

OCTOBER 16: Family Fun Day international fair, a lively Neighbors Abroad fund-raiser for children’s projects in Palo Alto’s Sister Cities, will be held Sunday, October 6, 11 AM to 5 PM, in the Lucie Stern Community Center courtyard, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.  It will feature an international store with items from around the world; games, crafts, face painting, storytelling and more for youngsters; an international fashion show and food.   The event is held every second year to support a children’s health program and orphanage in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the children’s library in Palo, Philippines.  To contribute items, call Marion Mandell, 493-3798.

OCTOBER 25: Gamble Garden presents:  Halloween Puppet Show at Gamble Garden from  6:30-8:00 PM. FEE: $10/person member, $15/person non-member.  Wear your costumes and join us on the Carriage House Patio for crafts and nibbles, then ‘parade’ into the Carriage House at 7:15 for the Puppet Show…”The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. This 30 minute show is suitable for all ages.  Based on the music of the famous classical piece by Paul Dukas, the Puppet Company brings the magic, mystery, and music of this enchanting tale. Harold wishes to become the apprentice of the local Sorcerer. He wants to learn the ancient arts so that he too can become famous. Best enjoyed by children 4-10 years old, accompanied by an adult. $10/person member, $15 / person non-member (join today!).