HAPPY HOUR ... The Barron Park Association Community Happy Hour will take place at Celia's Mexican Restaurant, 3740 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, on Feb. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The monthly happy hours are an opportunity to meet neighbors, make new friends, discuss topics of importance to the community and bring new ideas to board members. The association's board meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. It is open to residents, but those wishing to attend should contact the board president at email@example.com.
NEW NEIGHBORS WELCOMED ... The Ventura Neighborhood Association Annual Social brought together old and new neighbors for a potluck luncheon and to celebrate community on Dec. 2. The annual event, now in its second year, is a way to welcome new residents, association leader Becky Sanders said. The idea came out of a successful pizza party, which was funded by a city of Palo Alto Know Your Neighbors grant Pearlin Yang said. Yang invented the idea for the welcoming last year, Sanders said, as a way to further reach out to new neighbors. Amid spicy cheese balls, fried chicken and pumpkin pie, new resident Diletta Pozzi said she was enjoying making neighborhood connections. She moved to Ventura only a month prior and didn't know many people. A post-doctoral researcher at Stanford, she was looking for a room to rent in a home and happened upon a location on Curtner Avenue. She wanted to live near the university in a family-oriented neighborhood, and "the homes are beautiful," she said. Pozzi said she learned about the welcoming party on NextDoor. The Ventura Neighborhood Association holds monthly meetings on topics of neighborhood interest on the first Sunday of each month, 1:30-3 p.m. at Ventura School, 3990 Ventura Court, Palo Alto. All Venturans are welcome.