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

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 wizbots.com/afterschool. Have questions? Email them at info@wizbots.com

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 mfittoria@pausd.org . Here is the link where you can see the flyer and more information. 

(español)
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 mfittoria@pausd.org.
Abajo esta el enlace en donde ustedes pueden ver los planfletos con más información.

December 2019

Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest 
Submission Deadline: Friday Dec 20, 2019 12 am
The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2019-20 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest, giving young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase talents. Students can submit original work in three categories: Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Submissions can be submitted electronically to christopher.luciani@cityofpaloalto.org

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Dancers Repertory Theatre
Dec 8 at 1:00 and 4:00pm, Dec 14 at 3:00pm, and Dec 15 at 1:00 and 4:00pm.
Dancers Repertory Theatre presents Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys and a cast of over 85 children and adults.
Performance dates at the Woodside Performing Arts Center are December 8 at 1:00 and 4:00, December 14 at 3:00, and December 15 at 1:00 and 4:00. Tickets are $24 and all seats are reserved. For tickets and more information please visit the website or visit our Facebook page at Dancers Repertory Theatre. 

Palo Alto CAC’s Holiday Tea and Mindfulness 
Fri Dec 6, 9-11 A at The Foster, 940 Commercial St, Palo Alto 
Please join us for the CAC’s 4th Annual Holiday Tea for parents of children who face extra challenges, along with a short guided mindfulness session. A Mindful Schools Certified Mindfulness Instructor, Ms. Jayakumar will lead this moment of caring for ourselves. RSVP here please (requested but not required). Childcare will not be provided but children are welcome. Spanish & Chinese translation available. Organized by Palo Alto CAC and sponsored by Palo Alto Council of PTAs. For questions, contact paloaltocac@gmail.com.

Parent Talk: Being an Askable Adult
Tues Dec 3, 6:30-8:30P Health Connected 763 Green St East Palo Alto
This interactive workshop helps parents explore they why, what, when, and how of talking with young people about sexual health. For parents of children ages 10-15. $45 (sliding scale available). To learn more and to register go to https://www.health-connected.org/open-enrollment-workshops

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, visitwww.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Keri Tully at keri@allstudentsmatter.org

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: beth@dreamcatchersyouth.org

After School Art Classes at Pacific Art League 
Posted 8/18/19
PAL has been serving Palo Alto for 98 years, providing the community with top level art instructors and classes for all ages and levels. This fall we have fine art classes for youth ages 5 – 18 with classes such as: Art Works Studio, Drawing & More, Intro to Comics & Zine, Teen Painting and more! No experience necessary, just a love for creativity. For more information or to register please visit our website: https://www.pacificartleague.org. Email Linda at linda@pacificartleague.org with any questions.

Worried About Your or Your Kid’s Bike Getting Stolen?
Posted 8/18/19
Please go here (https://saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/bicycle-registration/) 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.