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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 51 N Puzzles, page 52 Al so on lin E M 48 HO GE EN PA OP DE, I GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m Home Front SHEAR GENIUS ... Chris Ingram, an ISA-certified arborist and professional aesthetic pruner, will teach “Aesthetic Pruning in Early Spring” on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Ingram will talk about principles and practices for spring that can be used throughout the year. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: Call 650-329-1356 or visit www. TENDER SHOOTS ... Jody Main and Nancy Jamello, who have decades of experience in growing sprouts, will coteach a class called “Sprouts Are Good” on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. These tender, young plants — including almond, pumpkin and sunflower sprouts, sweet baby clover, radish and alfalfa sprouts, lentils and black beans — can grow in one to four days. Class includes a cooking demonstration and tasting. Cost is $31 plus $10 materials fee. Information: Call 650-493-6072 or visit or http://sproutsaregood. Barron Park by Kimberly Ewertz he days of summer ice-cream socials held to welcome new neighbors, spring gatherings in the park and winter parades complete with marching band and donkeys, have gone by the wayside — unless you live in the community of Barron Park. Unlike most Silicon Valley neighborhoods Barron Park hastens back to the era of a simpler time, where family and community were rooted in the hearts and minds of its residents. “It feels like the center of the world,” Gary Breitbard, a resident since 1972, said. “The rural area atmosphere, wide variety of houses and great school district” top the list of reasons Ken Tani, former president of the Barron Park Association (BPA), chose to call this community home. But the reason he remains is T A RURAL THROWBACK TO THE PAST NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOT “the multi-cultural caliber of residents.” Barron Park’s history dates back to 1925 when it was laid out as a 62-lot Santa Clara County subdivision by Colonel Sebastian Jones, along El Camino Real, La Selva Drive and Barron Avenue. Between the 1920s and ’30s agriculture was its mainstay. Fruit orchards could be seen from El Cerrito to Encina Grande Park, and on the land where Gunn High School is located, dairy cattle grazed. Even newer residents of the neighborhood feel a sense of history. Anne Maggioncalda, a resident since 2006, feels the older generation of Barron Park “adds a lot of history, and a sense of commitment to the community.” Another relative newcomer to Barron Park is Francoise Lang. “It has a secluded, country feel,” Francoise said, mentioning the main attraction for the Langs. Equally attractive was the ease of commuting. The Langs’ children, and husband Burt, bike to school and work. According to Francoise, it will be “quite some time” before the family considers moving anyplace else. Gary Breitbard was attracted to “the rural character” of the neighborhood. He feels the BPA has been successful in projecting a very strong voice in the city of Palo Alto regarding maintaining that character since the 1975 incorporation of Barron Park into Palo Alto. (continued on page 43) Vivian Wong (continued on page 44) Francoise Lang, above, picks oranges from a tree planted by previous homeowners, who lived in Barron Park for 35 years before the Langs moved in. Below, architecture has changed over time in Barron Park, as shown by these two homes on McGregor Way. Vivian Wong FOR CHOCOHOLICS ... A one-evening class on “The Chocolate Experience — from Beans to Bar” will be taught by Ron and Zaida Kent, owners of The Oaxacan Kitchen in Palo Alto, on Monday, Feb. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Just in time for Valentine’s Vivian Wong THE DIRT ON DIRT ... Master Gardener Candace Simpson will give a free talk on “The Soil’s the Secret” on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Her topics will include soil amendments, fertilizers and mulches as well as proper digging technique. Information: Call Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or visit http:// *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊiLÀÕ>ÀÞÊx]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 41

Palo Alto Weekly 02.05.2010 - Section 2

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