LUNAR NEW YEAR ... The first-ever Barron Park Lunar New Year Celebration will take place on Feb. 9. The event, sponsored by the Barron Park Association, will feature holiday foods, crafts and a traditional lion dance performance to celebrate the New Year. High school students are needed to help with the event, which will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Barron Park Elementary School multipurpose room. It is the first in a series of the neighborhood association's "Celebrate Cultural Diversity" events to embrace residents from different backgrounds. Students and persons who want to help with the event can contact Lydia Kou, organizer, at Lkou@apr.com.
EDGEWOOD PLAZA: SLOW OR GO? ... The Palo Alto City Council will consider the process for moving forward with a project review of the Edgewood Plaza development, which has come under fire by several residents after developer Sand Hill Properties tore down a historic Eichler retail building after agreeing to move and restore the structure. The meeting will take place Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION ... Barron Park Neighborhood President Lynnie Melena reports that the City of Palo Alto has just finished planting drought-tolerant plants around the new well equipment at the Matadero Well Site. The association is looking for volunteers to help the plants grow with occasional watering. City crews are also removing a few dead acacias closer to the creek bank.