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News - February 28, 2014

Around the block

ARBOR DAY FESTIVAL ... Palo Altans will have a good excuse to hug a tree on March 8, when local nonprofit Canopy celebrates Arbor Day with a festival at Mitchell Park. The free family event includes roped tree climbing, live music by the Banana Slug String Band, a performance by the Tree Circus, craft activities and local nonprofits, including the Palo Alto Art Center, Master Gardeners, the City of Palo Alto and Friends of the Palo Alto Library. The festival will also feature food from The Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile and other area food and ice cream trucks. Festivities take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.

NEIGHBORHOOD ANNUAL MEETINGS ... The groundhog may have ducked back into his home for a few more weeks, but the Barron Park Association and College Terrace Residents Association are inviting their residents to venture forth and meet their neighbors at the associations' annual meetings. Barron Park's meeting features Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns, Fire Chief Eric Nickel and Office of Emergency Services Director Kenneth Dueker on March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Barron Park Elementary School multipurpose room, 800 Barron Ave. Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd will speak at College Terrace's meeting on March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Escondido Elementary School multipurpose room, 890 Escondido Road.

OF LOAVES AND FISHES ... The all-volunteer Neighbors Helping Neighbors group is looking for grocery donations for 130 residents in need. They are looking for healthy, basic goods such as whole grains and rice, nuts, beans, vegetables and fruit. Neighborhoods wanting to take part are asked to email or call for donations pickup at 650-283-9910.

READ A METER, PREVENT CRIME ... Locked gates often restrict burglars, but the locks also keep city meter readers out. So that residents can lock their side gates, the Palo Alto Utilities Department has a Customer Reads Own Meter program, through which residents can submit their own meter readings online or by mail. For more information on how to properly read a meter and submit information, customers can contact Utilities Department customer service at 650-329-2161.

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