Community Events

Following is the full list of community events that have been listed in the weekly eNews. After the first posting, we move them to this page to avoid cluttering your inbox. Many events span a long period of time, so we list events ordered by starting or first listing dates, with most recent events at the top. (Past events are removed.)

January 2019

Notes to My Middle School Self 
Wed Jan 29 9A-10:30A Fletcher Library
Join Common Sense for a moderated teen panel discussion on the good, the bad, and the realities of the social media landscape in middle and high school. Hear firsthand from teens about their experiences with social media and their hard-earned advice for parents of younger kids. Learn why kids love social media, where they can run into trouble, and how parents can help them manage. This event is open to all parents.

Workshop on Fostering Empathy & Inclusion in Children and Families 
Tue Jan 28 6:30 – 8pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center- Adobe Room, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Free Childcare available. Free workshop on fostering empathy and inclusion in children and families in our community. Featured speaker is Todd Wanerman, the co-author of Including One, Including All and longtime contributor to the advancement of early childhood education. Todd will be joined by local parents Jingjing Xu and Dana Kramer for a panel discussion. You’ll also hear about the results of a recent Assessment of the Needs of Families and Children in Palo Alto. To RSVP go to Questions call Minka, City of Palo Alto @ 463-4953.

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Winter Concerts 
Sun, Jan 26, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre, Preparatory OrchestraSun, Feb 2, 12PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Superstrings OrchestraSun, Feb 9, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre, Sinfonia Orchestra
Offering an array of works ranging from Baroque, Classical, Romantic to Contemporary by many well-known composers – All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.For more information and the 2019-20 season calendar, please visit or email

Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience 
Thurs Jan 23, 6:30-8:00pm Spangenberg Auditorium, Gunn High School
Tickets are free and available at: https://screenagers-nc.eventbrite.comFilmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston continues the conversation around screens and teens. This film examines the science behind teens’ emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and what can be done in our schools and homes to help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. This is a Gunn PTSA Parent Ed Event. Please join us. All are welcome.

Refugee Youth Event 
Jan 22 7P Fletcher Middle School
Can you imagine leaving your family and moving to a new country all by yourself? Hear from Newbery Medal award winning author Katherine Applegate and special guests to learn about unaccompanied refugee youth  RSVP

Learning Challenges Resource Fair 
Tue Jan 21, 6P-8P at the MUR in Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.
We have providers from a wide variety of areas, from tutoring services to summer camps, speech therapists to art and music programs, social skills programs to lawyers and advocates and many more! Every family can benefit, for students from preschool through high school and beyond! Presented by the SELPA 1 CAC and the MVLA Learning Challenges Committee.

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2, Presented by Palo Alto Players 
Fri Jan 17 – Sun Feb 2, show times vary: Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Ages 16 and up. Contains strong adult language and themes.Nominated for eight Tony Awards in 2017, this sharp-witted sequel to Ibsen’s masterpiece begins with a knock at the door, and what happens when a mother and wife has to confront the family she left behind? A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 is a blistering and very funny meditation on marriage and the high cost of personal fulfillment. Tickets: $27-$57 at or 650-329-0891.

After School Robotics & Java Coding with Wizbots
starts Mon Jan 13th, 2020
Wizbots is all about making STEM subjects fun. They focus on robotics because it’s instantly engaging for girls and boys alike and provides an applied way to learn Java programming and creative problem-solving. Their hands-on design lab is perfect for both novices and advanced students – everyone learns engineering, coding, math, and physics in a collaborative way through our unique curriculum guided by experienced and caring mentors. The journey is deep, allowing students to join us season after season always learning something new. Parents get to experience all the fun too as their child’s project videos are posted online to see and share!  Our Winter Lab at Walter Hays begins Monday, January 13th and is open to students in grades 3-5. Classes are small, so it’s best to confirm spot early! Learn more and enroll now at Have questions? Email them at

New Family Engagement Program
January 13 to March 4, 2020, Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30pm
The Palo Adult School and the department of Academic Support will be offering classes for parents to help them how to report a student’s absence, Schoology, Infinite Campus and much more!. The classes will be in English, so testing for some proficiency is required. To make an appointment please call Adult school 650-329-3752. This is a free class, and it will be held on Greendell School. Classes will be start on January 13 to March 4, 2020, only Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30pm. Child care available to potty-trained child. For more information please call Palp Alto Adult School 650-329-3752 o contact Miguel Fittoria at . Here is the link where you can see the flyer and more information. 

La Escuela para Adultos de Palo Alto y el Departamento de Apoyo Académico del distrito escolar, están ofreciendo clases para padres para ayudarlos a como informar una ausencia de estudiante, Schoology, Infinite Campus y mucho más. Las clases serán en ingles, entonces se requiere una prueba de proficiencia. Para marcar una cita por favor llame a la Escuela de Adultos 650-329-3752. Estas son clases gratis y serán en la Escuela de Greendell. Las clases van desde el 13 de enero hasta el 4 de marzo de 2020, los lunes y miércoles de 7 a 8:30pm Habrá cuidado para niños que aquellos que pueden ir al baño independientemente. Para más información por favor llame a la Escuela de Adultos o puede entrar en contacto con Miguel Fittoria al
Abajo esta el enlace en donde ustedes pueden ver los planfletos con más información.

City of Palo Alto – Looking for feedback from Parents with children 
(Posted 1/12)
How can the City help you to attend City meetings? Mr. Steven Lee, Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner, is exploring ways to make it easier for you to attend city council and community meetings. What if they: 1) Offered childcare; and/or 2) Made changes to the meetings (time/location/other parameters). Your suggestions are welcomed and encouraged. This is not an official City survey. Questions? Contact Steven Lee at or (408) 234-9049.

October 2019

Volunteer with the City’s Board and Commission 
Posted 10/6/19
The City Clerk’s Office for the City of Palo Alto has just opened recruitment for the following volunteer Board and Commission vacancies: 1. Historic Resources Board – 3 positions with terms ending December 15, 2022 (2 mornings per month)2. Parks and Recreation Commission – 4 positions with terms ending December 15, 2022 (1 evening per month) 3. Planning and Transportation Commission – 1 position with a term ending December 15, 2023 (2 evenings per month) The application (click here) deadline is November 5, 2019 at 4:30P   More info here. Or Call the Office of the City Clerk at (650) 329-2571.

August 2019

Grade K-5 Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life
Posted 8/28/19
If you’ve enjoyed spending time in your child’s classroom, please join other parents volunteering in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto schools. You’ll help tutor kids in grades K-5. Over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math and are eager to work with you. Our volunteers go once a week to the same classroom for about an hour, building relationships with students throughout the school year. All Students Matter provides training, ongoing support and coordinates logistics. Volunteering begins in mid-September. You can make a real difference! To learn more or sign up, or contact Keri Tully at

DreamCatchers is looking for adult volunteers!
Posted 8/28/19
We are a local non-profit serving low-income students at all 3 PAUSD middle schools and we rely on a volunteer corps of tutors made up of primarily Gunn and Paly high school students. We need someone to help with Salesforce data entry for 4-6 hours per week. In addition, we need someone to make weekly Costco runs and prep snack for our middle school students and high school/college tutors (2-3 hours/week). Interested? Please contact:

Worried About Your or Your Kid’s Bike Getting Stolen?
Posted 8/18/19
Please go here ( and get started registering your bikes. Take some photos of your bike, and find the Serial Number (usually on the bottom bracket of the bike; newer bikes may have the serial number on a QR code on the bottom bracket).  The City of Palo Alto no longer registers bikes with the Palo Alto Fire department.  If your bike goes missing this could be the key to getting it back.