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.)

April 2019

4th Annual Foster5K 
Sun Apr 26, 10A, Sunnyvale Baylands Park
By running or walking for an hour or so with your kids, you can model good citizenship, good health and good parenting; a parenting hat trick!  All proceeds benefit Child Advocates, CASA of Silicon Valley. Last year, 677 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers advocated for 964 foster children – mostly funded by donations.  Entries include a race shirt and a Finish Party with live music, fun booths, prizes and refreshments! See the flyer HERE. Note: $5 off each registration when 4 or more sign up at once.  SIGN UP or DONATE at Foster5K.org.  

March 2019

Racing Hearts 5k/10k for heart wellness 
Sun, Mar 29th, 9am. 250 Hamilton Av. Palo Alto CA 94301
Register today!  Join the City of Palo Alto, Police and Fire departments for our 7th Annual Racing Hearts 5k/10k in downtown Palo Alto.  Celebrate active living for heart disease and community AEDs.  Racing Hearts has placed over 900 AEDs in our community, pioneered two CA state laws and has documented 18 AED saves! Participants and volunteers welcome.  Register/Volunteer sign up here!

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) New Member Audition & March Concerts  
Sun, Mar 29 9AM-4PM Sat, Apr 4 9AM-4PM Mitchell Park Community Center
New member auditions for all orchestra levels (SuperStrings, Preparatory, Debut, Sinfonia and Senior) will be held on dates above for the upcoming 2020-21 season.  For details and to schedule an audition please visit http://pacomusic.org/auditions/. Then attend one of two concerts in March (Sat, Mar 7, 7:30PM, Cubberley Theatre, Senior Orchestra, Sun, Mar 8, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre, Debut Orchestra ) to listen and see for yourself the exciting collection of music we perform and how the musicians “play well with others,” – PACO’s motto. Admission Free. For more info www.pacomusic.org or email info@pacomusic.org

Juana Run/Walk 2020
Sat March 28, 9A
Register at: www.juanarun.org.  Races will include a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile run/walk, an array of age appropriate kinder – 5th grade races, and an all abilities race.  Once again, there will be a complimentary post-race pancake breakfast, race awards, and various raffle prizes

Science Backstage with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Science is Elementary 
Sat Mar 21, 10A-12P at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 
Science Backstage introduces children and their parents to the science of theatre. Students begin their experience backstage where they witness aspects of science in action. They then conduct hands-on experiments where they explore and understand the science. To register or for more info: https://www.theatreworks.org/sciencebackstage/.  

PALY Theatre presents Tartuffe, by Moliere 
Mar 14, 20, 21,  7:30pm; Mar 15, 22  2P; Mar 19 4P, Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
Molière’s ridiculously funny tale of hypocrisy, vanity, and sleaze, Tartuffe  follows the travails of the wealthy Pernelle family as they contend with the invasion of their household by a slippery con artist posing as an extremely devout holy man.  Tickets are $15 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors. Tickets go on sale February 24th. Box office opens 1 hour before curtain. More information and tickets available at www.palytheatre.com

Chef Anthony Myint: “Eating Our Way out of the Climate Crisis”
Wed Mar 11 7:30-8:30P , The Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation, 940 Commercial St, Palo Alto
Join Acterra for a public lecture by award-winning chef Anthony Myint who advocates for food-based climate solutions.  Learn about carbon farming and how ordinary restaurant goers can help boost good soil carbon by supporting regenerative farming practices.  Tix $10 at bit.ly/2wBFuQa (Free for students!)  Contact: wendy.chou@acterra.org with questions.

City of Palo Alto Community Response Team Certification Course
Starts March 2nd 
Learn the skills to help your family and neighbors in a disaster. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members train in disaster prep, medical treatment, search and rescue, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more. Free course starts March 2, continuing Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm for 3 weeks, plus Saturday March 22 for skills practice, graduation with pizza, a course completion certificate and a backpack with equipment. For information and to sign up visit: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/services/public_safety/get_involved/default.asp

February 2019

Palo Alto Chinese Parent Club & WizChinese – Relief for WuHan China 
Posted 2/18
Our Palo Alto community is coming together to support Wuhan doctors and nurses caring for those fightIng the Coronavirus.  Organizers of the Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair launched a “Chinese New Year 2020 for PAUSD and Wuhan,” and invite you to participate.  Please check out details at www.inkynd.com/campaign/wuhan

iSing Silicon Valley – Now auditioning girls entering grades 1-5 for our 2020-21 season! 
Posted 2/18
iSing is a world-class choir of over 300 girls in grades 1–12 based in Palo Alto. Our mission is to provide young women with an exemplary choral music education that will foster artistry, leadership, and community in a creative and supportive environment led by internationally acclaimed teachers. To sign up for an audition, visit us at www.isingsv.com. We look forward to singing with you soon! For more information, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKFAlMFXr1Y

Reading & Dyslexia Research Program Study Database
Posted 2/18
The Reading & Dyslexia Research Program at Stanford University is looking for children to be a part of their research database! With the goal of designing innovative, personalized education to serve a diverse group of learners, they have upcoming paid studies that your child may be eligible for. Sign up to be a part of their database, and they will notify you when your child qualifies for a study. All children, both with and without reading difficulties, are welcome to join. For more information, here is their website.

Volunteer — An Hour a Week Could Change a K-5 Student’s Life 
Posted 2/9
Over 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and students every week for an hour during the school year. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. Sign up now and start in mid-September. Learn more or sign up to volunteer at www.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Keri Tully at keri@allstudentsmatter.org

GSYO Auditions for Youth Orchestra Musicians 
Throughout March and April at the GSYO Office: 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 
Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra invites young musicians to audition for the 2020-21 season.  Led by an internationally renowned faculty, GSYO offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability.  Members receive support from experienced coaches, and perform in concerts throughout the Bay Area. There are openings at all levels for all orchestral instruments.  To apply for an audition visit www.gsyomusic.org/how-to-join  Questions? Call 650-665-9046 or email Lori B. at lori@gsyomusic.org

Hindi Language Studies 
Posted 2/2
We are a group of parents interested in bringing Hindi language studies to Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). If you support having children learn Hindi in PAUSD schools and want to learn more about us, please contact PAUSD parents for Hindi in Palo Alto at: hindipaloalto2020@gmail.com

January 2019

Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2020 Sign Ups Going on Now  
Jul 20 – Jul 24 and Jul 27 – Jul 31, 9A-3P at the Palo Alto High School Robotics Lab
Registration will open on January 20 at 12 PM.  Sessions: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, Animation & Graphic Design.  This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two weeks of our annual summer camp for middle school students (incoming 6th – 9th graders). Paly Robotics hopes to spark interest and start future high school students on a path in science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics (STEAM). Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions per week. To sign up or to get more information, go to palyrobotics.com/summercamp. If you have any further questions, please email summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

GSYO Auditions for Youth Orchestra Musicians 
Throughout March and April at the GSYO Office: 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 
Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra invites young musicians to audition for the 2020-21 season. Led by an internationally renowned faculty, GSYO offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability. Members receive support from experienced coaches, and perform in concerts throughout the Bay Area. There are openings at all levels for all orchestral instruments. To apply for an audition visit www.gsyomusic.org/how-to-join Questions? Call 650-665-9046 or email Lori B. at lori@gsyomusic.org

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.

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 stevendlee@gmail.com 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, 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

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.