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News - October 25, 2013

Around the block

COSTUME CONTEST ... Halloween is perhaps the pre-eminent neighborhood event across town, where there is something going on for everyone, whether taking in a spooky haunted house or decorations or dressing in costume and trick-or-treating. The College Terrace— neighborhood's fall picnic on Saturday, Oct. 26, will host a Halloween theme this year, with kids invited to dress in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the most scary, the most spooky and most eco-friendly costumes. Residents are asked to bring a dish to share and their own utensils. The picnic will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mayfield Park adjacent to the College Terrace Library, 2300 Wellesley St., Palo Alto.

CREEPY CRAWLY ... The spider at 450 Sequoia Ave. in Palo Alto's Southgate neighborhood is anything but itsy bitsy. The family of Adam and Daja Phillips has created a 15-foot spider web made of thick white cord that stretches from their heritage valley oak to the ground. A 2-foot hairy black and brown spider stares down visitors through six glowing, red compound eyes. The spooky, furry critter will be on display through October.

CRIME ALERT CLASS ... Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will sponsor a Crime Prevention/Personal Preparedness Evening on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The free lecture is open to the public and will focus on public understanding of the threats and hazards faced in Palo Alto, the best practices to prepare for future disasters, and crime prevention. Participants will learn how to make a plan, build a kit, learn how to be a good witness and identify suspicious behavior, and conduct a neighborhood watch. Ken Dueker, Palo Alto director of the Office of Emergency Services, will present the lecture. Participants can preregister by calling 650-289-5400 or at the Avenidas front desk.

MAKING RADIO WAVES ... Palo Alto's own Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents and supporters were on National Public Radio on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, during a broadcast with NPR Education Reporter, Eric Westerfelt. The Buena Vista proponents were interviewed about their struggle to save the city's only mobile-home park, which faces the wrecking ball early next year. The broadcast, which was on the program Morning Edition, can be heard at

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