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.)

November 2019

Slow Parenting: Raising Children in a Fast World
Nov 4, 7- 8:30P Paly Haymarket Theatre 
Tickets at  Parent education event jointly hosted by Paly and Gunn PTSAs. Hear Speaker Carl Honore talk about the powerful drive to reinvent childhood for the 21st century, touching on themes ranging from technology and extracurricular activities to education, safety and consumerism. Carl Honoré is the global guru of the fast-growing “Slow Movement” from London. This award- winning author, broadcaster and TED speaker travels the world teaching individuals and organizations that the best way to power forward in today’s hyper-competitive, hurry-hurry world is often the radical act of willful deceleration. 

Facilitating Social Skills Using Mobile Technology
Sat Nov 2, 10:30A – 12P Redwood Shores Public Library, 399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City
In this workshop, we will cover social skill building frameworks, review of relevant research on facilitating socials using mobile technology, and demonstrate appropriate apps to use. Presented by two speech therapists passionate about early intervention, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), social skills training, and family education and coaching. Co-sponsored by Fenixia Foundation, Opening Doors PTA , and the Palo Alto CAC. Free. REGISTER HERE 

October 2019

YCS Make a Difference Day 
Sat Oct 26 9:00A–1:30P, DLA Piper Law Firm 2000 University Ave. East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Join YCS for our Make a Difference Day event, our annual day of service where community members of all ages do service together side by side. Bring the whole family along as we make a difference in our community. Light breakfast and bag lunch provided. Volunteers will meet at DLA Piper before going to off-site locations. Please visit our website to sign up. If you have any specific questions, please email

Movie “Wonder” in the Park Event for National Bullying Prevention Month 
Sat Oct19 6:30P Mitchell Park Bowl (Rain Plan: Mitchell Park Community Center Adobe Room)
All grades welcome – we highly encourage all to attend! The City of Palo Alto’s Human Relations Commission and Recreation Services present “Wonder: A Palo Alto Anti-Bullying Movie in the Park Event for National Bullying Prevention Month. Community partners include: ACS, CAC, CASSY, Connect Safely, LGBTQ Youth Space, Magical Bridge, My Digital Tat2, Outlet, Teen Advisory Board, Youth Council, Project Safety Net, Rock, the Palo Alto Y & Project Cornerstone, YCS, and others. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate that together, we are a Palo Alto community united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. #ChooseKindness.

Nixon’s 5th grade Goodwill Donation Drive
Sat October 19 9A-3P at Nixon Elementary School, 1711 Stanford Avenue
Nixon’s 5th grade class has teamed up with Goodwill to raise funds for 5th grade promotion events. Goodwill accepts gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, small household items, toys, games, puzzles, books, movies, music, E waste, and small electronics at their drives. All items should be under 50 pounds. You get to give items a “second life” and keep them out of landfills – it’s a win-win! So, clean out your basements, organize your garages, and straighten your closets. Any Questions? Email Sue C. at

Parent Ed Night at Fletcher: ANGST the Movie 
Wed Oct 16 6:45-8:45P in the Gym (all PAUSD parents are invited)
The Fletcher PTA w ill be screening “Angst,” a film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts, as well as help, resources and tools.

10/16 – 11/6
If you squirm at reading this subject line, you are not alone! We know how hard it is to broach this difficult subject, and that’s why we are excited to offer two parent education programs aimed at helping mothers navigate conversations with your sons/daughters about SEX. You will come away with tips for talking, helpful facts, and a lively, supportive community to share and cheer you on as you delve into this next stage of development with your emerging adolescent.

“Talking to Our Daughters About Sex” is a four-week program for mothers of girls ages 10-14 years old. Classes will be offered:

  • Wednesday mornings, October 16th-November 6th , 10:00-12:00 in Palo Alto. Please plan to attend all 4 classes. Please Register by October 9th.

For more information please contact: Laura Prentiss, MSW at: or Liza Baskind, M.S., MFT at:

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:

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: Email Linda at with any questions.

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.