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Editor’s Note It’s that time of year again. We’re excited to present the 19th annual Info Menlo, the Almanac’s resource guide for Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby areas. Michelle Le

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For those unfamiliar with the guide, Info Menlo offers a treasure trove of information about the area’s government, schools, youth programs, recreational opportunities, and arts and entertainment hotspots — as well as resources for seniors and those in need. Even in the Internet age, it’s hard to find something if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Our publication offers ideas for personal enrichment and suggests where to turn for advice or help. This year, we’ve added new features, including charts and maps, to help readers more easily access information of value to them. As a source for the latest on local news, issues and culture, the Almanac strives to make Info Menlo a useful resource for the community. To that end, if you have suggestions or ideas for improvement, please send comments to ssciolla@AlmanacNews.com or editor@AlmanacNews.com. We look forward to hearing your feedback. Sam Sciolla Editor, Info Menlo

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Inside Info By the Numbers ..................................8

Community ....................................... 46

Arts & Entertainment .....................11

City & Towns ..................................... 54

Outdoors ............................................ 18

Public Officials ................................. 59

Kids ....................................................... 26

Index .................................................... 61

Education ........................................... 35

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Numbers FACTS AND STATISTICS ABOUT ATHERTON, MENLO PARK, PORTOLA VALLEY AND WOODSIDE

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Housing

Atherton

Occupied households (2013): 2,281

Town facts

Persons per household (2010): 2.8

Incorporated: Sept. 12, 1923 (Population then: 650)

Single-family housing (2013): 98.7%

2015-16 town operating budget: $11.8 million

Median home selling price (through June 2015): $6,550,000

Police employees: 29

Median home selling price (2005): $3,012,500

ZIP code: 94027

Education and income

People

Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher (2013): 84.1%

Population (2014, estimate): 7,147 Population (2000): 7,194

Median home selling price (2005): $1,270,000 Median condominium/townhouse selling price (through June 2015): $1,343,500

Education and income Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher (2013): 70.4%

2015-16 town operating and capital improvements budget: $12.2 million Town employees: 17 full-time employees Police: By contract with San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Portola Valley

ZIP code: 94062

People

Town facts

Median household income (2013): $239,886

Incorporated: July 14, 1964

Racial/ethnic breakdown (2013): White: 83.3%

Menlo Park

Town employees: 12 full-time and one full-time contractor

City facts

Town facts Incorporated: Nov. 16, 1956

Median household income (2013): $112,262

Population (1990): 7,163

Asian: 10.1%

Woodside

2015-16 town operating budget: $4.5 million

Population (2014, estimate): 5,531 Population (2000): 5,352 Population (1990): 5,035 Racial/ethnic breakdown (2013):

Hispanic: 4.9%

Incorporated: Nov. 23, 1927

Police: By contract with San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Black: 0.5%

2015-16 general fund budget: $48.2 million

ZIP code: 94028

Pacific Islander: 0.8%

City employees: 259 full-time equivalents

Multiracial: 4.4%

Sworn police officers: 48

Population

Asian: 4.7%

ZIP code: 94025

(2014, estimate): 4,570

Hispanic: 4.7%

Population

Multiracial: 1.2%

Home Prices Over the Last Decade $6,550,000

People Population (2014, estimate): 33,309 Population (2000): 30,785

Population (1990): 4,194

Occupied households (2013): 1,854

Population (1990): 28,040

Racial/ethnic breakdown (2013):

Persons per household (2010): 2.67

Population (1980): 26,438

White: 89.6%

Single-family housing (2013): 95.0%

Racial/ethnic breakdown (2013):

Asian: 6.2%

White: 74.6%

Hispanic: 1.6%

Median home selling price (through June 2015): $2,625,000

Hispanic/Latino: 17.4%

Multiracial: 3.1%

$2,025,000

$1,270,000

Occupied households (2013): 1,813

$2,625,000

Pacific Islander: 1.5%

Persons per household (2010): 2.47

$2,065,000

American Indian/Alaska native: 0.3%

Single-family housing (2013): 81.7%

Multiracial: 3.7%

Median home selling price (through June 2015): $2,625,000

$1,927,000

Housing Occupied households (2013): 12,487

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White: 89.9%

(2000): 4,462

Asian: 10.7% $3,012,500

People

Population (1980): 5,291

Persons per household (2013): 2.52 Single-family housing (2013): 54.3% Median home selling price (through June 2015): $2,025,000

Median home selling price (2005): $1,927,000

Education and income Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher (2013): 80.5% Median household income (2013): $163,384

Median home selling price (2005): $2,065,000

Education and income Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher (2013): 66.5% Median household income (2013): $212,917

(Sources: City and town halls, state legislature websites, Bay Area Census and American FactFinder. 2013 figures are from the 20092013 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates. Housing prices are from the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors®).


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Despite being in the shadows of other large cultural epicenters like San Francisco,

addition, local artists — sculptors, painters, photographers and more — often share their work at the region’s galleries, including the Allied Arts Guild’s Portola Art Gallery.

the Midpeninsula arts scene stands out as a hotbed for theater, classical music and fine art. Between a handful of acclaimed performance companies like TheatreWorks, classical music happenings including the summer chamber music festival Music@Menlo, and world-class museums and venues located at Stanford University, both local residents and visitors have plenty with which to whet their arts appetites. In

For listings of local concerts, exhibits, plays and other events, check out the Almanac’s Master Community Calendar at www.AlmanacNews.com/calendar. The Almanac’s sister publication, the Palo Alto Weekly, has also launched a Weekend Express email newsletter, which provides a preview of the best of local arts and entertainment every Thursday. Subscribe at www.PaloAltoOnline.com/express.

Bookstores and readings Bell’s Books 536 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Family-owned and independent, Bell’s offers more than 300,000 new, used, rare and out-of-print titles on two floors. • 650-323-7822 • askus@bellsbooks.com • www.bellsbooks.com Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. A California bookstore chain since 1851. New books, magazines, newspapers, toys, sale tables. • 650-321-0600 • www.booksinc.net Feldman’s Books 1170 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Large selection of used books in all fields. • 650-326-5300 • abebooks.com/feldmans-booksmenlo-park-ca-u.s.a/69651/sf Kepler’s Books 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Contemporary adult and children’s literature. Nonprofit Peninsula Arts & Letters produces literary events at Kepler’s. • 650-324-4321 • orders@keplers.com • www.keplers.com Stanford Bookstore 519 Lasuen Mall (White Plaza), Stanford. Four-story bookstore contains general books, Stanford clothing and gifts, supplies, technology and a cafe. • 650-329-1217 • stanford@bkstr.com • stanfordbookstore.com

Dance venues Alberto’s 736 Dana St., Mtn. View. Dance club featuring world beat music, salsa, live bands, dance lessons. • 650-968-3007 • clubalbertos@gmail.com • albertos.com

Bay Area Country Dance Held at four locations in Palo Alto and one in Atherton; traditional English and American music and dance, with callers and live bands. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto; First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; Carriage House at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton; Palo Alto Masonic Temple, 461 Florence St., Palo Alto; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. • bacds@bacds.org • bacds.org Castle House Vintage Dance Palo Alto Masonic Lodge, 461 Florence St., Palo Alto. Social dances as done from 1900 to 1930. Dance party 4 to 6:30 p.m. the third Sunday of every month; occasional lessons. Live music by The Paul Price Society Orchestra. • castlehousevintagedance@gmail.com • www.castlehousevintagedance.com Ecstatic Dance Palo Alto 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The drop-in group meets on Sundays, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lucie Stern Community Center ballroom for movement to a range of music. Cost is $15 to $20 sliding scale; scholarships available. • wendy.clubconscious@gmail.com • ecstaticdance.org/paloalto El Camino Reelers St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 4111 Alma St., Palo Alto. One of the largest gay square dance clubs in the country. Meets Tuesday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. • information@reelers.org • reelers.org Friday Night Waltz First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Mostly waltz, but also polka, one step, swing, salsa, cha cha, lindy and tango. Lessons at 7 p.m.; dance party at 9 p.m. • 650-326-6265 • info@fridaynightwaltz.com • fridaynightwaltz.com

The Patio 412 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Karaoke nights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; DJ and dancing Thursdays through Saturdays. • 650-322-2575 • thepatiopa.com Stanford Quads 500 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Square dancing for singles, couples and families. • 650-948-4935 • info@stanfordquads.org • stanfordquads.org Tuxedo Junction Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Open dancing is offered every Wednesday (Lucie Stern), Friday and Saturday nights (Cubberley). No partner or prior experience required. Beginning and intermediate lessons available. Some dance styles include the samba, foxtrot, and the hustle. • Judy and Samy at 650-648-3633 (Friday); Phil Mast at 650-856-6991 (Wednesday, Saturday) • cubberleyballroom.com

Live music Cafe Borrone 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Popular cafe with outdoor seating and live jazz music on most Friday evenings. • 650-327-0830 • cafeborrone.com Pioneer Saloon 2925 Woodside Road, Woodside. A brothel and upscale restaurant from 1880 until the 1940s, the saloon now offers live music on most nights. Casual, full bar. • 650-851-8487 • jennifer@pioneer-saloon.com • pioneer-saloon.com Rosewood Sand Hill Road 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Live jazz every Saturday,

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Menlo Park artist Mitchell Johnson works on a large canvas in his studio.

7-11 p.m., in the hotel lounge. • 650-561-1500 • sandhill@rosewoodhotels.com • www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/sandhill-menlo-park Stanford Coffee House 459 Lagunita, No. 1, Tresidder Union, Stanford. Occasional live music and open mic nights. • 650-721-2262 • coho@stanford.edu • coho.stanford.edu

Galleries Anderson Collection in Menlo Park Address disclosed upon request. A large private collection of 20th-century art, including color field painting, California funk art, Bay Area figurative art and contemporary abstract painting. • 650-854-5160 • aacollection.com Bryant Street Gallery 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Emerging American artists as well as established names in the contemporary art world. • 650-321-8155 • bryantst@mac.com • bryantstreet.com Gallery House320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. Rotating exhibits by local member artists. • 650-326-1668 • galleryhouse2.com Pacific Art League 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Ten monthly juried exhibitions and two annual members exhibitions. • 650-321-3891 • frontdesk@pacificartleague.org • pacificartleague.org Palo Alto Art Center 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. World-renowned and compelling emerging artists in a wide range of artistic media. • cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter www.AlmanacNews.com Info Menlo • 11


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Peabody Fine Art Gallery 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. The family-owned gallery presents original paintings, bronze sculpture and limited edition works by internationally known artists. • 877-778-7546 • www.peabodygallery.com Portola Art Gallery 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Located at the historic Allied Arts Guild, the cooperative gallery exhibits the work of 17 award-winning Bay Area artists. • 650-321-0220 • portolaartgallery.com Shady Lane Gallery 325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park. Locally crafted jewelry, photographs, stained glass, art glass, fabric arts and masks, plus Native American and handmade international art. • 650-321-1099 • www.shadylanegallery.com Smith Andersen Editions 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto. A monotype, monoprint press, exhibiting print work by local, national and international artists. • 650-327-7762 • www.smithandersen.com Stanford Art Spaces Paul G. Allen Building, 420 Via Palou Mall, Stanford. More than 50 works by established and emerging artists in each bimonthly show. • 650-725-3622 • facebook.com/StanfordArtSpaces Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Student, faculty and other artists’ works.

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Museums Hoover Institution 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford. Free exhibits on President Herbert Hoover and his wife, Lou Henry Hoover, and rotating exhibits of archival holdings. • 650-725-3563 • www.hoover.org Museum of American Heritage 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Permanent and rotating exhibits emphasize invention and technology from 1750-1950. • 650-321-1004 • mail@moah.org • moah.org Stanford University Arts District: Anderson Collection at Stanford University 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford. A collection of 121 modern and contemporary American paintings and sculpture. • anderson.stanford.edu Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Twenty-four galleries of artwork drawn from more than 40,000 objects from around the world. • museum.stanford.edu McMurtry Building 355 Roth Way, Stanford. Stanford University academic building featuring screening spaces, exhibition space, and the Art and Architecture Library. • arts.stanford.edu/mcmurtry-building

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Performing-arts spaces Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Main performance venue for Stanford Live concerts and other performances. • 650-724-2464 • bingboxoffice@stanford.edu • live.stanford.edu/plan-your-visit/ venues/bing-concert-hall The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Home to M-A High performing groups; also used by community arts organizations, including Menlowe Ballet and Music@Menlo. • 650-322-5311 • thecenteratma.org Dinkelspiel Auditorium 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. With 710 seats, Dinkelspiel hosts large performances, lectures and symposia. • music.stanford.edu/venues/dinkelspiel The Dragon Theatre 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Home to Dragon Productions, which puts on unique theater performances year-round. • 650-493-2006 • dragonproductions.net Fox Theatre 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. A premier live entertainment venue of the area that hosts lectures and musical and theater performances, including productions by Broadway By the Bay. • 650-FOX-7770 • www.foxrwc.com

Los Altos Stage Company 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Comedies, dramas, musicals. • 650-941-0551 • losaltosstage.org Lucie Stern Theatre 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Comedies, dramas, musicals, opera. Home to Palo Alto Players, TheatreWorks and West Bay Opera. • www.paplayers.org, www.theatreworks.org, www.westbayopera.org • www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/ csd/facilities/stern.asp Memorial Auditorium 551 Serra Mall, Stanford. Largest indoor facility on campus designed for regular performance use. Houses the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. • taps.stanford.edu • live.stanford.edu/plan-your-visit/ venues/memorial-auditorium Palo Alto Children’s Theatre 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Children’s Theatre presents plays and musicals yearround on the Main and Playhouse stages. • 650-463-4970 • childrens.theatre@cityofpaloalto.org • cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre Shoreline Amphitheatre 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. Outdoor concert venue hosts performances by major, world-touring acts from late April until late October. • 650-967-4040 • www.theshorelineamphitheatre.com

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Top 10 places to visit Baylands Nature Preserve 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The 1,940acre Baylands Preserve is the largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Considered one of the best bird-watching areas on the West Coast. Features Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, Byxbee Park (Art Park), Emily Renzel Wetlands, Harriet Mundy Marsh, the municipal golf course, 15 miles of trails, wildlife observation platforms, picnic facilities and restrooms. Non-motorized boating and windsurfing allowed. City offers nature walks and programs on ecology and natural history. Dogs permitted on leash. • 650-329-2506 for Baylands Nature Center • cityofpaloalto.org/baylands Computer History Museum 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mtn. View. In the heart of Silicon Valley, museum is home to a large international collection of computing artifacts. • 650-810-1010 • www.computerhistory.org Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. A 2.5-acre estate with gardens and 1902 Georgian Revival house, built for Edwin Percy Gamble, son of Procter & Gamble founder. Selfguided tours and admission free. Formal, woodland and demonstration gardens. Paid docent tours for groups of eight or more by reservation. • 650-329-1356 • www.gamblegarden.org

Filoli 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. A 654-acre historic country estate with a 40-room mansion and 16 acres of English Renaissance garden. Open early February through October, except for the annual week-long holiday event the week after Thanksgiving. Advanced reservation encouraged for docent-led tours and guided nature hikes. Self-guided tours do not require reservation. General admission charged. • 650-364-8300 • filoli.org Hanna House 3160 Porter Drive, Ste. 200, Palo Alto. Docent-led tours of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, based on hexagonal module. Paid one-hour tours on four Sundays a month. Reservations required; children must be at least 12 years old. • 650-725-8352 • hannahousetours.stanford.edu Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve 4001 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. Docent-led educational tours of biological field station last 2 to 2.5 hours. Tour season is October to May (Thursday-Sunday). Pets and food are not permitted. Reservations must be made a week in advance. • 650-851-6813 • jrbp.stanford.edu Junior Museum & Zoo 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Hands-on science exhibits and a diverse community of 200 live animals, including bobcats, raccoons, jungle bats, hedgehogs, ferrets, snakes, fresh-water fish and invertebrates, birds, turtles and a giant tortoise.

• 650-329-2111 • cityofpaloalto.org/jmz Menlo Park Science Center (U.S. Geological Survey) 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. In the midst of the earthquake-prone Bay Area is a major earth-sciences research center. There are a lectures and seminars on earthquake science. To take a self-guided tour, download the handout: pubs.usgs.gov/ fs/2007/3072/ • 650-853-8300 • earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/ Stanford University’s Hoover Tower 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford. The tower is one of three buildings that make up the Hoover Institution, dedicated to the study of war, revolution and peace in the 20th century. The tower’s observation deck offers a sweeping view of the Midpeninsula. Nominal admission charge. Separate from the tower, the Exhibit Pavilion highlight the collections of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, expected to re-open to the public in October 2015, following renovation. • 650-723-2053 • stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/plan/ guides/hoover.html Stanford University Campus 295 Galvez St., Stanford. Free one-hour tours of campus are conducted daily by student guides. Tours depart from the Visitor Center and are free for groups of nine or fewer. Larger groups must call for reservations. Private tours and golf-cart tours can be arranged for a fee. • 650-723-2560 • visit.stanford.edu


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Thanks to the environmental features of the Midpeninsula and generations of tireless open space advocates, the greater Menlo Park area has a veritable bounty of preserves and county parks that encompass expanses of forested hills, chaparral and baylands for the enjoyment of visitors and local residents. Even in more developed areas, the scenery continues and provides a back-

Open space areas Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos. More than 60,000 acres of undeveloped public lands, with most areas open for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Free docentled activities. Easy and steep trails; wetlands; grasslands; and pine forests of redwood, oak and fir mark the 26 preserves, which are open year-round from sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Helmets are required for bicyclists at all times. Fires and smoking are prohibited at the preserves. Dogs permitted in some. • 650-691-1200 • www.openspace.org El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve Skyline Boulevard, south of Kings Mountain Road. Trails: 35.9 miles for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Steep, heavily forested terrain; rare and fragile sandstone formations; redwoods; creek headwaters. Popular with bicyclists. No dogs allowed. Size: 2,906 acres. Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve Skyline Boulevard 4.5 miles south of Hwy 92. Trails: 24 miles of developed trails and historical logging roads. Plenty of choices are available for hikes, bikes or horse rides. Dogs are not allowed. Some trails rise out of the canyon to 1,600 feet. The main feature of the preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with tall redwoods, a running creek and an abundance of ferns, berries and wildflowers. Size: 4,712 acres. Ravenswood Open Space Preserve End of Bay Road, east of Hwy 101, East Palo Alto. Trails: 1.3 miles. The preserve includes two non-contiguous areas that are both south of the Dumbarton Bridge and adjacent to San Francisco Bay. The marsh is visited by many different migrating birds, including sandpipers, dowitchers, avocets, great blue herons, white pelicans and egrets. Wheelchair accessible. Hiking and bicycling are allowed, but dogs are not allowed on the trails. Size: 376 acres. Teague Hill Open Space Preserve Kings Mountain Road, above the town 18 • Info Menlo www.AlmanacNews.com

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Fremont Park Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive. Lighted walkways, benches. Size: 0.38 acres.

Rossotti Field 3919 Alpine Road. A natural-turf standard-size soccer field used by adult and youth leagues.

Jack W. Lyle Park Middle Avenue at Fremont Street. Basketball court, play field, playground, walking paths, benches. Size: 4.55 acres.

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of Woodside. Trails: 1 mile. Portions are difficulty to visit because of private property and California Water Service Company Property. Hikers and equestrians can only access the preserve through the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Size: 626 acres. Thornewood Open Space Preserve La Honda Road, 1.6 miles past the Portola Road intersection, Woodside. Trails: 1.5 miles. Hiking and horseback riding. Historic Thornewood Estate; redwoods and oaks; Schilling Lake. Leashed dogs permitted. Size: 167 acres. Windy Hill Open Space Preserve Skyline Boulevard and Portola Road, Portola Valley. Trails: 12.2 miles for hiking, biking, horseback riding and flying kites. Views of the Peninsula and bay, picnic tables and grassland ridges, as well as redwood, fir and oak forests. Hang gliding, paragliding and remote control gliding are allowed with a permit. Size: 1,414 acres.

City and town parks Town of Atherton Holbrook-Palmer Park 150 Watkins Ave. Facilities include a ballfield, tennis courts, a playground, gardens and walking paths, as well as the Main House, Jennings Pavilion and Carriage House, which are available for rental. Size: 22 acres. • 650-752-0534 • www.ci.atherton.ca.us City of Menlo Park The City of Menlo Park website has information on all of the city’s parks and facilities. • Community Services Department: 650-330-2200 • menlopark.org/255/Parks Bedwell Bayfront Park 1600 Marsh Road. Size: 160 acres. Hiking and bike trails, play field, restrooms, benches. Burgess Park 701 Laurel St. Play field, playground, baseball/softball diamond, Little League field, soccer field, tennis

Kelly Park 100 Terminal Ave. Basketball court, soccer field, restrooms, tennis courts, track. Size: 8.3 acres. Marketplace Park 313 Market Place. Play field, playground, walking path. Size: 1 acre. Nealon Park 800 Middle Ave. Off-leash dog area, picnic areas, playground, softball field, tennis court. Size: 9 acres. Seminary Oaks Park Seminary Drive at Santa Monica Drive. Play field, playground, rock garden, benches. Size: 3.51 acres. Sharon Hills Park Altschul Avenue at Valparaiso Avenue. Walking path, benches. Sharon Park 1100 Monte Rosa Drive. Walking path, playground, picnic areas, grass area, gazebo, benches. Size: 9.83 acres. Stanford Hills Park 2400 Branner Drive. Walking path, grass area, benches. Size: 3.11 acres. Tinker Park 1550 Santa Cruz Ave. Playground, picnic areas, tennis court. Size: 0.54 acres. Willow Oaks Park 490 Willows Road. Off-leash dog area, play field, playground, public art, tennis court. Size: 2.63 acres. Town of Portola Valley Portola Valley Town Center facilities 765 Portola Road. The town center complex includes a soccer field, a softball field, two tennis courts, an all-sports court, a skateboard ramp and a children’s

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Triangle Park Portola and Alpine roads. Rest stop for bicyclist and destination for walkers, with picnic tables available. Town of Woodside Barkley Fields and Park 5001 Farm Hill Blvd. Size: Woodside’s only park and playing fields, which include spaces for soccer and little league baseball. • 650-851-6790 • www.woodsidetown.org/community/recreation

San Mateo County parks San Mateo County Department of Parks 455 County Center, 4th floor, Redwood City. There are 20 county parks with a variety of group and individual picnic areas, sights, trails and other amenities. • 650-363-4020; reservations: 650-363-4021 • parks.smcgov.org Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve 10 Old Stagecoach Road, Redwood City. Size: 467 acres of woodlands and grasslands for hiking, with many wildflowers in the spring. • 650-368-6283 Flood Park 215 Bay Road, Menlo Park. Refuge from nearby development features areas for picnicking, softball, tennis, horse shoes, volleyball and petanque. Size: 21 acres. • 650-363-4022; group reservations: 650-363-4021 • parks.smcgov.org Huddart Park 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. The park of redwood and evergreen forests and chaparral offers


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Arrillaga Family Gymnasium 600 Alma St., Menlo Park. Drop-in badminton on Sun 6:30-9:30 p.m. $3 fee. • 650-330-2220 • www.menlopark.org Synergy Badminton Club 190 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park. Geared for every level of play, Synergy Badminton Club offers lessons taught by professionals, summer camps, private and group lessons. Monthly and annual memberships; drop-in and prepaid court rentals available. • 650-838-9318 • www.synergybadminton.com

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Biking Road biking What really makes this area a haven for cyclists is the abundance of nearby routes that offer something for everyone, from competitive pedal-pushers to recreational riders. Here are some of the better-known foothill and valley bike routes: Cañada Road This mostly flat road (pronounced “Kan-ya-da”) parallels I-280 for about 7.4 miles from Woodside Road to Hwy 92, past such scenic attractions as the Filoli Estate and the Pulgas Water Temple. Bike lanes accommodate riders for the entire length. On most Sundays the road is closed to auto traffic 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from the Filoli entrance to Hwy 92, creating an ideal refuge for cyclists and in-line skaters. • San Mateo County Bicycle Sunday Info Line: 650-361-1785 • parks.smcgov.org/bicycle-sunday Kings Mountain Road Beginning out of Woodside, Kings Mountain Road provides a good route to reach Skyline Boulevard. The climb is 4.3 miles long with numerous switchbacks and ascends 1,540 feet. Weekend traffic is heavy compared to the

weekdays, but the scenery is always worth it. • graphics.stanford.edu/~lucasp/ grade/kingsmountain.html Old La Honda Road This narrow, winding road is the easiest and most peaceful way to climb to Skyline Boulevard. Access is from Portola Road, less than a mile after it merges with Sand Hill Road. The climb is a 3.35-mile ascent of a narrow, winding road, climbing around 1,300 feet. Descending the road is tricky, however, and not recommended. Some take Hwy 84 instead. • web.stanford.edu/group/cycling/ routes/ Page Mill Road One of the most strenuous climbs around, Page Mill Road twists and turns for more than 8 miles from Skyline Boulevard, where it tops out around 2,000 feet. • web.stanford.edu/group/cycling/ routes/

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Camping Huddart Park 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. Three group campsites only, open April-October, by reservation. • 650-851-1210; reservations: 650-363-4021 • parks.smcgov.org Memorial Park 9500 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar. Picnic areas and campgrounds set in a redwood forest. Fees begin at $30/night per campsite (plus fees),

by reservation only. No pets. Family and youth group camping, naturalist program and interpretative center. Size: 673 acres. • 650-879-0238; reservations: 650-363-4021 • parks.smcgov.org/memorial-park Portola Redwoods State Park 9000 Portola State Park Road, La Honda. Portola has over 50 family and four group campsites. Fees for campsites. Reservations needed for campsites, which are available late spring through mid-autumn. Family campsites can take up to eight people. Leashed dogs are only allowed at campsites, on paved roads and on the Upper and Lower Escape roads. • 650-948-9098; Portola Redwoods reservations: 800-444-7275; Slate Creek reservations: 831-338-8861 • www.parks.ca.gov Sam McDonald Park 13435 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar. Picnic areas, hiking and horseback riding. The Jack Brook Horse Camp is available for families, groups or individuals who camp with their horses. Three camp areas for youth organizations. The Hiker’s Hut, owned by the Sierra Club, holds up to 12 people. Fees vary. Hike from the parking lot to the hut is 1.7 miles. No dogs allowed anywhere in park. Size: 850 acres. • 650-879-0238; park reservations: 650-363-4021 • Sierra Club hikers hut reservations: 650-390-8411, hikershut@earthlink.net • parks.smc.gov

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Hiking/walking Bay Area Orienteering Club Sport of navigation with map and compass, coupled with walking or running. Usually meets Sundays 9 a.m.-noon at various parks around Bay Area. Families are welcome, and instruction is provided for beginners. • www.baoc.org Filoli 86 Caùada Road, Woodside. Property includes 654 acres, 36,000-square-foot country house and 16-acre English Renaissance garden and a cafe. Prices vary. Self-guided tours and guided tours (by reservation).

• 650-364-8300 • www.filoli.org Pulgas Water Temple CaĂąada Road between Hwy 92 and Edgewood Road, Redwood City. Historic site and its parking lot open weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed weekends. No dogs are allowed. • 650-872-5900 • www.sfwater.org/index. aspx?page=93, www.bahiker.com Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter 3921 E. Bayshore Road Ste. 204, Palo Alto. The chapter has members in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties. Variety of hiking and outdoor experiences, including backpacking, singles groups and whitewater paddling. Three regional groups and 13 activities sections plan hiking, day trips and social activities. • 650-390-8411 • lomaprieta.sierraclub.org “The Dishâ€? at Stanford Foothills Stanford Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard, Palo Alto. A network of paved paths in and around the Stanford Foothills west of Junipero Serra Boulevard offers opportunities for hillside trail runs and hikes. The most popular route is a 3.9-mile loop up to the giant radio telescope known as “The Dish.â€? Access to foothills limited to daylight hours. No pets. • dish.stanford.edu, www.bahiker.com

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physical, occupational or speech therapy using the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy to address disabilities. Also offers adaptive riding and driving for suitable clients, as well as a social-learning program for ages 3-7 and an outdoor summer camp. • 650-851-2271 • www.nceft.org Peninsula Carriage Driving Club P.O. Box 620280, Woodside. For people interested in equine-powered vehicles. Events include play days, driving clinics and pleasure drives. • kathidancer@aol.com

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reining, pony club and other equestrian events. Facilities open for dog walking. • 650-851-2140 • www.horsepark.org Webb Ranch 2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Webb Ranch offers English hunt and western riding lessons, spring and summer camps for youth, trail rides, birthday parties and boarding. Horsemanship badges for Girl Scouts available. • Lessons: 650-854-7755; boarding: 650-854-7433 • www.webbranchinc.com

San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association P.O. Box 620092, Woodside. The equestrian club holds a variety of events including horse shows, clinics, trail rides, and educational and social meetings. • 650-568-1045 • www.smcha.org

Woodside-area Horse Owners Association 2995 Woodside Road, Suite 400-466. A group advocating the role of horses in maintaining the rural character of Woodside and surrounding communities. • 650-380-6408 • www.whoa94062.org

Spring Down Equestrian Center 725 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Riding lessons daily, beginner to advanced. English hunt seat and dressage. Private, semi-private and group lessons. Horsemanship camps offered in the spring, winter and summer, celebration parties for kids and Girl Scout badge events. • 650-851-1114 • springdown.com

Woodside Junior Riders 3375 Tripp Road, Woodside. Summer program in English riding and horsemanship for children ages 6-16. Priority is given to those who live in the Woodside Fire Protection District and returning riders. Course culminates in horse show in late August. Horses are provided. • 650-766-9511 • woodsidejuniorriders.org

The Horse Park at Woodside 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. Site for equestrian events and training. Eventing, hunter/ jumper, dressage, polo, carriage driving,

Woodside Vaulters 3375 Tripp Road, Woodside. Equestrian vaulting (gymnastics and dance elements with music on horseback); the club has about

70 vaulters and welcomes new ones, age 4 to young adult. Development and High Performance teams are offered, and introductory classes are available. • 650-434-3375 • www.woodsidevaulters.org

Ice skating Nazareth Ice Oasis 3140 Bay Road, Redwood City. Public sessions, skating parties, adult and youth hockey, and figure skating. Private and group lessons in figure skating and hockey through the Ice Oasis Skating School. • 650-364-8090 • www.iceoasis.com Winter Lodge 3009 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The only permanent outdoor skating rink west of the Sierras is open September-April. Admission and rental fees. Weekly lessons offered at all levels for both children and adults. Hosts private, broomball and small birthday parties. • 650-493-4566 • winterlodge.com

Golf (private courses) Stanford Golf Course 198 Junipero Serra Blvd., Stanford. Open to Stanford Alumni Association members, students and faculty of Stanford University, course members and their accompanied guests. Fees vary depending on membership. • Golf shop: 650-724-0944; driving range: 650-498-4461 • golfcourse.stanford.edu

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Golf (public courses) Emerald Hills Golf Course 938 Wilmington Way, Redwood City. Ninehole, par-three course. Practice cage, putting and chipping greens. Snack shop and patio. Rates vary. Reservations and lessons available. • 650-368-7820 • www.playemeraldhills.com

Skateboarding Burgess Skate Park 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Open for a half hour before sunrise to sunset. Users are required to wear helmets and elbow and knee pads. Facility is for skateboards and in-line skating only. Adult supervision required for children under age 14. Classes are offered. • 650-330-2248 • menlopark.org/skatepark

Soccer Menlo Atherton Adult Soccer League P.O. Box 232, Menlo Park. Recreation soccer league for women ages 23 and up. All skill levels are welcome. Spring and fall seasons. Games are held on Saturday and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Burgess, Willow Oaks and Kelly parks. • www.maasl.com Portola Valley Adult Soccer League 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Co-ed leagues in the fall and spring, for men over age 30 and women over age 21. Games are on Sundays at 10 a.m. and noon at the Portola

Valley Town Center soccer field. Sign-up fee. • Jon Myers: 408-823-8188 • www.portolavalleysoccer.com

Softball Menlo Park Adult Sports Nealon Park, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Multiple leagues (men’s and coed) playing 10 games a season, including playoffs. Offered in April and July. Games are played Mon, Wed-Thur 6:30 p.m.; late mornings on Sundays. • 650-330-2220 • menlopark.org/233/Adult-Sports Redwood City Señors Softball Club P.O. Box 3904, Redwood City. Made up of recreational and tournament level softball players, men and women, over the age of 50. Plays year-round at various parks around Redwood City. $45 annual membership fee. • 650-363-1140 • www.rwcseniorsoftball.org

Swimming Belle Haven Pool 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. 25-meter outdoor pool open year-round for youth water polo and swim lessons; hours are expanded during the summer for lap and recreation swimming, lessons and private rentals. • 650-330-2237 • menlopark.org, search “pool”; menloswim.com Burgess Pool 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Outdoor pool, open year-round for lap and recreational swimming. Group and

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private swim lessons and a swim team. Pool rental available. • 650-328-7946 • menloswim.com

Tennis Atherton Tennis Center 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. Tennis keys are issued for six courts at Holbrook-Palmer Park. Clinics, lessons and training programs are offered by Player Capital. • 650-752-0541 • www.playercapital.com • www.ci.atherton.ca.us/index. aspx?nid=191 Menlo Park Courts available at Burgess Park, Kelly Park, La Entrada School, Nealon Park and Willow Oaks Park. Required tennis keys may be purchased at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium; keys are issued after Jan. 15 of each year and are valid through Jan. 14 of the following year. Fee is $50 per year ($100 for nonresidents); discounted rates after July 1. • 650-330-2220 • menlopark.org/tennis

Private swim and tennis clubs Ladera Oaks Swim Tennis and Fitness Club 3249 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Family-oriented swim, tennis and fitness club with two year-round pools, six lighted tennis courts and a fitness center. Offers swimming and tennis lessons, personal training, youth and masters swim teams,

junior tennis program and USTA teams. • 650-854-3101 ext. 1000 • www.laderaoaks.com Alpine Hills Tennis & Swimming Club 4139 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. The Alpine Hills club offers a variety of swim and tennis activities, including lessons, an extensive youth tennis program, masters swimming, water polo and more. In addition, the club has fitness programs, a basketball court and social events for all ages. • 650-851-1591 • www.alpinehills.us

Volleyball Arrillaga Family Gymnasium 600 Alma St., Menlo Park. Drop-in volleyball on Tue, Thur, Fri noon-2 p.m., $2 fee; Sun, 6:309:30 p.m., $3 fee. A Girls Youth Volleyball League is also organized. • 650-330-2220 • menlopark.org

Water sports Spinnaker Sailing Club 451 Seaport Court, Redwood City. Classes in keelboat sailing and more, sailing club memberships, sailing vacations, youth summer programs, sailboat charters and team-building events. An American Sailing Association certified training facility, affiliated with the association since 1983. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. • 650-363-1390 • www.spinnakersailing.com

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and hard-to-beat weather, the Midpeninsula is not a bad place to be a kid. That kid-friendly culture is evidenced by the many preschool programs scattered throughout the local

Child care centers and preschools The Applebee Preschool 107 Clover Lane, Menlo Park. Preschool and pre-K programs accepting children 2.5-5.9 yrs. Mon-Fri year-round. • 650-322-0192 • applebeeps@aol.com • www.applebeepreschool.com Belle Haven Child Development Center 410 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park. Preschoolers 3-5 yrs. Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Bilingual staff with a teacher to child ratio of 1:8. • 650-330-2270 • www.menlopark.org/219/BelleHaven-Child-Development-Center Belle Haven School-Age Child Care Program 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. Licensed after school care and recreational summer camp for grades K-6. Mon-Fri noon-6 p.m. Transportation provided from Belle Haven Community School to the site. • 650-330-2297 • www.menlopark.org/221/BelleHaven-Youth-Center Beth Jacob Preschool 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. Toddler co-op and preschool classes, accepting students 20 mos-5 yrs. Two-, three- and five-day programs. Jewish values and experience. • 650-366-8481 • www.bethjacobrwc.org/preschool Carillon Preschool 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Carillon Preschool offers families with children 1 yrs, 5 mos-5 yrs, 9 mos. A thematic, play-based program. • 650-529-1335 • director@carillonpreschool.org • carillonpreschool.com Casa dei Bambini Pre School 1215 O’Brien Drive, Menlo Park. Multicultural Montessori preschool teaching children from age 2 through kindergarten. AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) trained teacher, NAEYC accreditation. Classes include gardening, cooking, poetry, languages and the arts. • 650-321-2773 26 • Info Menlo www.AlmanacNews.com

cities and towns, which include parent-participation cooperatives, schools following various educational philosophies and options for families on a budget. In addition, well-established arts and sports organizations aim to nurture youth’s creative, personal and physical development all the while providing opportunities for enjoyment and fun.

• email@casadeibambini.net • www.cdeib.com Champions at Las Lomitas Elementary 299 Alameda de las Pulgas, Atherton. After school and before school programs for grades K-6. Homework support, plus activities promoting character development, literacy, science and fitness. NAEYC-accredited preschool (ages 3-5), full or half day. • 650-233-1860 • www.discoverchampions.com Crescent Park Child Development Center 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. Preschool program for children 2 yrs, 9 mos-5 yrs. Full- and half-day. Options of two, three or five days per week. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. • 650-322-9668 • julia@crescentparkpreschool.org • www.crescentparkpreschool.org Family Connections P.O. Box 358, San Carlos. A tuition-free parent participation preschool in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City for low-income families with children up to 5 yrs. Bilingual (Spanish) teachers. Classes meet two to three times a week. • 650-556-9503 • director@familyconnections.org • www.familyconnections.org GeoKids Early Childhood Development Center 345 Middlefield Road, Mail Stop 204, Menlo Park. Nonprofit parent cooperative for infants 3 mos through pre-K. NAEYC accredited. Play-based program located on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) campus. • 650-329-4236 • www.geokids.org Kirk House Preschool 1148 Johnson St., Menlo Park. Development-oriented Christian program for ages 3-5. Classes meet two to three mornings each week, with some afternoon options. Summer sessions available. • 650-323-8667 • khp@mppc.org • www.kirkhousepreschool.org

Ladera Community Church Preschool 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Half-day program for ages 2-5. NAEYC accredited, opportunities for financial aid. • 650-854-0295 • director@laderapreschool.org • www.laderapreschool.org Littlest Angels Preschool Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Christian preschool for ages 2-5. Two-, three- and five-day options available in the mornings, with extended care offered. • 650-854-4973 • preschool@bethany-mp.org • www.littlestangelspreschool.com Menlo Children’s Center 801 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Licensed center offers a variety of play-based preschool programs for children 18 mos-5 yrs and after-school programs for students in grades K-5. Summer programs available. • 650-330-2262 • nrjones@menlopark.org • www.menlochildrenscenter.com, www.menlopark.org/224/MenloChildrens-Center Menlo-Atherton Cooperative Nursery School 802 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Preschool encouraging parent participation that teaches children 1 yr, 9 mos through pre-K. • 650-434-2667 • info@maco-op.org • www.maco-op.org Palo Alto Preschool 4232 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. A bilingual (Mandarin) Montessori preschool for ages 2-6. • 650-739-0137 • info@paloaltopreschool.org • paloaltopreschool.org Peninsula School 920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park. Progressive school educating students through grade 8. Nursery program accepts potty-trained children age 3 and older. • 650-325-1584 • marylou@peninsulaschool.org • www.peninsulaschool.org

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Phillips Brooks School 2245 Avy Ave., Menlo Park. Independent, coeducational day school (through grade 5) with an Early Learning Center offering preschool and pre-K programs. Designed for toilettrained children starting at age 3. • 650-854-4545 • admissions@phillipsbrooks.org • www.phillipsbrooks.org Playschool, at Holbrook-Palmer Park Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. NAEYC accredited preschool. Variety of programs, including preschool, pre-K and a Mommy & Me program for children and caregivers starting at 18 mos. Morning and afternoon classes; summer camps. • 650-325-1623 • athdirector@knoxplayschools.com • www.knoxplayschools.com The Roberts School 641 Coleman Ave., Menlo Park. Program based on philosophy of Piaget. Preschool, pre-K and young fives for ages 2-5. Curriculum includes age-appropriate academics, art, music, gymnastics, Spanish, cooking and more. • 650-322-3535 • www.robertsschool.com Sacred Heart Schools 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Montessori preschool and pre-K programs are offered through Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. Children must be age 3 (by May 31). • 650-322-0176 • jwildey@shschools.org • www.shschools.org Trinity School, Early Childhood Program 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Episcopal private school runs a preschool program for ages 3 and 4 at Trinity Church and a Junior Kindergarten program for young 5-year-olds at the elementary school (St. Bede’s Church campus). Project and play-based curriculum. • 650-854-0288 ext. 100 • admission@trinity-mp.org • www.trinity-mp.org University Heights Montessori Children’s Center 2066 Avy Ave., Menlo


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Park. Montessori preschool teaching children ages 2-6. Theme-organized work explores practical and motor skills, language, math, the arts and more. Fullday options and summer programs (3-6 yrs) available. • 650-854-6993 • myuhmcc@gmail.com • www.uhmcc.com Windmill Preschool 4141 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Play-based preschool run by board of parents. Programs for children 2-3 yrs and 3-4 yrs, as well as and pre-K. Ten-month school year with summer programs available. • 650-851-0771 • director@windmillschool.com • www.windmillschool.com Woodland School 360 La Cuesta Drive, Portola Valley. Private school serving around 270 students offers a junior kindergarten program for ages 4 and 5. Evaluations required. • 650-854-9065 • info@woodland-school.org • www.woodland-school.org Woodside Parents’ Nursery School 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Four-year parent participation play-based program for children 15 mos-6 yrs. Summer camp held in June and July. • 650-851-7112 • wpnsmembership@yahoo.com • www.woodsideparents.org Woodside Preschool 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside. Child-centered preschool (2 yrs, 7 mos) and pre-K (3 yrs, 9 mos) classes held in the mornings, with optional extended care. Child-centered curriculum, providing opportunities to explore and structured learning. • 650-851-1571 ext. 250 • ldayeh@woodsideschool.us • woodside.k12.ca.us

Youth arts organizations California Youth Symphony 441 California Ave., #5, Palo Alto. Founded in 1952, the youth orchestra today has eight programs in Palo Alto and Los Altos providing musical training and opportunities to perform

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at local venues. More than 500 youth musicians, ages 8-18, participate. Auditions are held in the spring. • 650-325-6666 • californiayouthsymphony@gmail.com • www.cys.org Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos. Established in 1994, Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley operates six choirs serving children ages 4-18. Activities include weekly rehearsals, performances at music festivals and seasonal concerts, and tours abroad. Demonstration classes are held in August and January, and auditions are by appointment. • 650-424-1410 • info@cantabile.org • www.cantabile.org El Camino Youth Symphony 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The award-winning ECYS guides five orchestras and two ensembles, which are made up by over 400 K-12 students from the Bay Area. The organization provides instruction to youth at a range of experience levels, as well as ample performance opportunities. Musicians ages 6-20 can schedule an appointment to audition. • 650-213-7111 • ecys@ecys.org • www.ecys.org Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra 4000 Middlefield Road, #M1, Palo Alto. This award-winning youth orchestra of string musicians has performed locally since 1966. The organization is composed of five chamber music ensembles, with 25 members in each that practice weekly and learn to perform in public and private settings. • 650-856-3848 • info@pacomusic.org • www.pacomusic.org Palo Alto Children’s Theatre 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre serves the community through quality performing arts education experiences, including yearround performances (and performance opportunities), classes, camps and

outreach programs. Productions include a Main Stage Season, a Summer ìHot Dogî Season and a Playhouse Series for children age 3-6. • 650-463-4930; box office: 650-463-4970 • childrens.theatre@cityofpaloalto.org • www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre Ragazzi Boys Chorus 178-A Clinton St., Redwood City. Ragazzi is a Bay Area center for music education for boys and young men ages 7-18 who love to sing. The group performs frequently and tours abroad and throughout the U.S. Auditions are frequent, and auditions are held in summer/September, January and May. • 650-342-8785 • ragazzi@ragazzi.org • www.ragazzi.org

Youth sports Alpine/West Menlo Little League 325 Sharon Park Road #544, Menlo Park. Alpine/West Menlo Little League, west of El Camino Real. Majors, Minors and Coach Pitch leagues based on desired level of competition. Ages 5-12. Girls’ softball for ages 5-12. • info@alpinelittleleague.com • www.alpinelittleleague.com AMA Softball League Girls community softball league mainly for Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside youth ages 5-12. • jefflokey@yahoo.com • amasoftball.com American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 25 Soccer leagues for children in grades K-12 in Portola Valley, Woodside, La Honda, Ladera, Las Lomitas and Emerald Hills. • www.ayso25.org Atherton Lacrosse Summer camps, classes and clinics throughout the year. Beginners to Intermediate levels. Open to boys and girls 5-14. Locations in Atherton, Belmont, Palo Alto and Los Gatos. • 888-501-4999 • tyler@encorebrand.com • www.athertonlacrosse.com

Menlo Park Gymnastics Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Programs for boys and girls, ages 1 and up, all skill levels. Classes include artistic and pre-school gymnastics, circus arts, tumbling and special needs. Birthday parties and private lessons available. • 650-330-2224 • ca-menlopark.civicplus.com/236/ Gymnastics Menlo-Atherton Little League 1259 El Camino Real #130, Menlo Park. Boys and girls, ages 5 to 13 (Challenger division 5 to 18), for residents west of U.S. Hwy 101 and east of El Camino in Menlo Park (incorporated area only) and all of Atherton. • registrar@m-all.org • www.m-all.org Menlo-Atherton Pop Warner Football P.O. Box 809, Menlo Park. MenloAtherton Vikings, ages 5-15; season runs August-November. Teams separated by size and age. • williams.bob@gmail.com • www.mapopwarner.com Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse P.O. Box 7642, Menlo Park. Youth-based boys and girls lacrosse teams in the spring (registration happens in the fall). Summer and Fall Ball programs as well. • menloathertonlacrosse@gmail.com • www.menloathertonlacrosse.com Palo Alto Babe Ruth League P.O. Box 1363, Palo Alto. Baseball players ages 13-15 in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and Redwood City. Spring season from March through early July. Sign-ups and tryouts for spring play in early February. Fall Ball season also organized. • ron.fried@sri.com • www.pababeruth.org Palo Alto Girls’ Softball P.O. Box 60027, Palo Alto. Softball league for girls ages 5-14. Recreation season runs from mid-March through May. Summer and Fall travel teams are also organized. Residents of the greater Palo Alto area, including East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Los Altos and Stanford, are welcome.

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Redwood City 49er/Pop Warner Football and Cheer P.O. Box 3541, Redwood City. Pop Warner football and cheer teams based in Redwood City (ages 5-15). • 650-216-7249 • cindyd@rc49ers.org • www.rc49ers.com Sequoia YMCA 1445 Hudson St., Redwood City. Sports programs with positive coaching for children ages 3 and up. Swim and kickboxing classes also available. • 650-368-4168 • sequoia@ymcasv.org • www.sequoiaymca.org

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LANGUAGE AND ENRICHMENT

Small towns mean big-time involvement and support for the local area’s schools. Many of the public elementary and middle schools are in smaller districts, including the one-school Woodside Elementary District and the two-school Las Lomitas and Portola Valley districts. Parents have opportunities to become acquainted with school staff and board members, as well as play leadership roles in the schools. Foundations associated

Las Lomitas Elementary School District Administration Office 1011 Altschul Ave., Menlo Park. Superintendent: Lisa Cesario. Class Size: K-3: 21-22; 4-8: 24-25. Enrollment: 1,401. The district operates two schools for children who live in parts of Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and unincorporated areas, including Ladera. Ethnic/racial percentages (2014-15): Caucasian, 61.5; Asian, 15.9; Hispanic, 10.7; multiple ethnicities, 9.8; African American, 1.4; Pacific Islander, 0.6. In March 2001, voters approved a $311 parcel tax, which continues with voter approval. In 2013, voters passed by 74 percent a bond measure that will authorize

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with the schools raise millions of dollars each year for educational programs, and many districts have been supported by ballot measures in recent years. Enrollment growth is recasting elementary and high school campuses from one-story to two-story facilities in Menlo Park and the high school district. The area also boasts numerous quality private schools, educating Bay Area youth from preschool through college preparatory programs.

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25 or fewer. Enrollment: 2,975. The district operates four schools: Laurel, Encinal and Oak Knoll elementary schools and Hillview Middle School. Spanish Immersion program available at Encinal and Laurel. See website for boundaries. Ethnic/racial percentages (2014-15): Caucasian, 63; Hispanic, 15; Asian, 7.4 ; African American, 1.5; Pacific Islander, 1; multiple ethnicities, 12. Community support: In 2013, voters passed a $23 million bond issue to renovate and expand educational facilities at the O’Connor School site. In 2010, voters approved another parcel tax of $178. A record $91.1 million bond measure was passed in June 2006 to expand facilities at all four schools. Voters in 2003 renewed a parcel tax, currently set at $108.62, and

approved an additional parcel tax now $81.76 per year. The nonprofit Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation contributed $3.6 million to the district to fund library, science, technology, music and teacher development programs in the 2015-16 school year.

$60 million for facilities expansion and upgrades. The nonprofit Las Lomitas Education Foundation annual giving campaign raised $2.45 million for school programs to use during the 2014-15 school year. Board members: Richard Ginn, term ends 2018; Diane Honda, term ends 2016; John Earnhardt, term ends 2018. • 650-854-2880 • www.llesd-ca.schoolloop.com

Menlo Park City School District Administration Office 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton. Superintendent: Maurice Ghysels. Class Size: K-4: 24 or fewer; 4-8:

at the Boys & Girls Club in Menlo Park.

Board members: Maria Hilton, president, term ends 2016, mhilton@mpcsd.org; Jeff Child, vice president/clerk, term ends 2016, jchild@mpcsd.org; Stacey Jones, term ends 2018, sjones@mpcsd.org; Joan Lambert, term ends 2018, jlambert@mpcsd. org; Terry Thygesen, term ends 2018, tthygesen@mpcsd.org. • 650-321-7140 • board@mpcsd.org • district.mpcsd.org

LAS LOMITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT School

Enrollment

Grade Level

Class size

Las Lomitas Elementary School

299 Alameda de las Pulgas, Atherton 650-854-5900 ll-llesd-ca.schoolloop.com

Contact info

Awards

614

K-3

21-22

California Distinguished School in April 2010.

La Entrada Middle School

2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park 650-854-3962 le-llesd-ca.schoolloop.com

787

4-8

24-25

California Distinguished School in 2007 and 2011.

Enrollment

Grade Level

Class size

Awards

MENLO PARK CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT School Encinal School

Laurel School

Oak Knoll School

Hillview Middle School

Contact info 195 Encinal Ave., Atherton 650-326-5164 encinal.mpcsd.org 95 Edge Road, Atherton 650-324-0186 laurel.mpcsd.org 1895 Oak Knoll Lane, Menlo Park 650-854-4433 oakknoll.mpcsd.org 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park 650-326-4341 hillview.mpcsd.org

766

K-5

24

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550

K-4

24

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K-5

24

California Distinguished School in 2014.

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4-8

25

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PORTOLA VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT Contact info 4575 Alpine Road, Portola Valley 650-851-1777 ext. 3 (office) www.pvsd.net 200 Shawnee Pass Road, Portola Valley 650-851-1777 ext. 1151; ext. 2 (office) www.pvsd.net

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Portola Valley School District Administration Office 4575 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Superintendent: Dr. Lisa Marie Gonzales. Class Size: K-5: 21 or fewer; 6-8: 25 or fewer. Enrollment: 643. Portola Valley School District operates two schools for elementary-school-age students who live in Portola Valley, the unincorporated areas of Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde, a portion of Woodside and along parts of Skyline Boulevard. Ethnic/racial percentages (2014-15): Caucasian, 75; Hispanic, 10; Asian, 5; African American, 1; Pacific Islander, 1; multiple ethnicities, 6. Community support: Passage of two bond measures — $17 million bond measure in June 1998 and a $6 million measure in 2001 — to renovate

Enrollment

Grade Level

Class size

Awards

363

4-8

20

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280

K-3

20

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classrooms and build new facilities at the two schools. Construction was completed at both sites in 2003. In spring 2013, voters passed Measure O, which consolidated and increased two existing education parcel taxes to $581 per parcel per year, for eight years. Portola Valley Schools Foundation raised more than $900,000 with 80 percent family participation during the 2014-15 school year. Board members: Caitha Ambler, president, term ends December 2017; Karen Tate, clerk, term ends December 2017; Timothy McAdam, term ends December 2017; Jocelyn Swisher, term ends December 2015; Linda Wong, term ends December 2015. • 650-851-1777 • www.pvsd.net

Woodside Elementary School District Administration Office Ethnic/racial percentages (2015-16 ): Caucasian, 70.3; Hispanic, 12.5; Asian, 3.7; Pacific Islander, 2.2 ; African American, 1.2; multiple ethnicities, 8. Community support: Voters approved three bond measures since 1999. The most recent, approved in June 2014, is for $13.5 million for repair and modernization projects, including replacing the auditorium. Voters also approved an eight-year parcel tax in 2009, which was $242 in the 2013-14 school year. The nonprofit Woodside School Foundation annual giving campaign contributed $1.8 million for school programs in the 2014-15 school year.

WOODSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT School Woodside Elementary School

Contact info 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside 650-851-1571 woodside.k12.ca.us

Enrollment 434

Grade Level Class size K-8

15-20

Board members: Wendy Warren Roth, president, term ends December 2017; Marc Tarpenning, vice president, term ends December 2017; Silvia Edwards, appointed in June, needs to be elected to continue after term ends in December 2015; Kevin Johnson, term ends December 2015; Claire Pollioni, term ends December 2017. • 650-851-1571 • www.woodside.k12.ca.us

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SEQUOIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT School Menlo-Atherton High School

Woodside High School Cañada Middle College (alternative high school program for juniors and seniors) Redwood High School (model continuation high school)

Sequoia Union High School District Administration Office 480 James Ave., Redwood City. Superintendent: Jim Lianides. Enrollment: 9,693. Operates four high schools, a continuation school and a Middle College program in partnership with Cañada College for students living in the southern and central portion of San Mateo County. Ethnic/racial percentages (2014-15): Hispanic, 47; Caucasian, 34; Asian, 6.25; African American, 2.7; Pacific Islander, 2.7; multiple ethnicities, 4.6. Board members: Allen Weiner, president, term ends December 2015, 650-724-5892; Carrie Du Bois, term ends December 2015, 650-766-9069; Laura Martinez, 650-3237311, appointed, term ends December

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Contact info 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton 650-322-5311 mabears.org 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside 650-367-9750 woodsidehs.org 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City 650-306-3120 canadamiddlecollege@smccd.edu 1968 Old County Road, Redwood City 650-369-1411 ext. 7315 redwood.seq.org 2015, 650-323-7311; Alan Sarver, term ends December 2017, 650-592-6129; Chris Thomsen, 650-387-8269, term ends December 2017, 650-387-8269. • 650-369-1411 • seq.org

Language programs and academic enrichment Bay Area Arabic School 4000 Middlefield Road, Cubberley Community Center, Wing B & C, Palo Alto. Class Size: 12-15. Enrollment: 90. Tuition: $120-$180 per quarter depending on program. Arabic language, culture for children; optional Islamic religion instruction. • 408-462-2120 • admin@bayareaarabicschool.org • bayareaarabicschool.org

Enrollment

Ethnic/racial percentages (2014-15)

2,158

Caucasian, 41; Hispanic, 43; Asian, 5; African American, 3; Pacific Islander, 3; multiple ethnicities, 4.2.

1,815

Hispanic, 56; Caucasian, 32; African American, 2.7; Pacific Islander, 2.6; Asian, 2; multiple ethnicities, 3.3.

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Center for a New Generation @ Belle Haven Community School 415 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park. Class Size: 15 during school year; 20 during the summer. Enrollment: 160 during the school year; 140 during summer. Tuition: Free. Grades K-8. Afterschool and summer program run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. • 650-561-3135 • dcruz@pgcp.org • www.bgcp.org German-American School of Palo Alto GAIS Campus, 475 Pope St., Menlo Park. Class size: 10-20. Tuition: $1,050 plus $150 non-refundable registration fee (for 30 Saturdays per school year). Ages 3-18. German instruction on Saturdays and a summer camp. • 650-520-3646 • contact@gaspa-ca.org

• www.gaspa-ca.org Hwa Shin Bilingual Chinese School Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto, K-12. Bilingual Chinese school for students who do not speak Mandarin at home, various days of the week in different locations: in Palo Alto, also at Briones and Fairmeadow elementary schools; in Menlo Park, Oak Knoll Elementary and Hillview Middle schools; and in Atherton, at Laurel and Encinal elementary schools. • 408-807-1088 • hwashinschool@yahoo.com • hwashinschool.org Kumon Math and Reading Center 2730 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. After-school program for reading and math skills. Also located at 903 E. El Camino Real, Ste. 5,


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CHARTER SCHOOLS School

Contact info

East Palo Alto Academy (professional-development school with Stanford University School of Education) Everest Public High School

Summit Preparatory Charter High School

1050 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto 650-839-8900 epaahs.org 455 5th Ave., Redwood City 650-366-1050 admissions@everestphs.org everest.summitps.org 890 Broadway St., Redwood City 650-556-1110 info@summitprep.net summitps.org/summit-prep

Enrollment

Class size

Ethnic/racial percentages (2014-15)

300

22

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384

25

Hispanic, 60; Caucasian, 26; Asian, 4.7; African American, 2.3; Pacific Islander, 1.5; multiple ethnicities, 4.

388

25

Hispanic, 60; Caucasian, 25; Asian, 6; Pacific Islander, 1.3; African American, 1.8; multiple ethnicities, 3.3.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS School Beechwood School

Bowman International School

Castilleja School

Crystal Springs Uplands School

Esther B. Clark School at Children's Health Council

German-American International School

The Girls' Middle School

Kehillah Jewish High School

Keys School

Lydian Academy

Menlo School

Mid-Peninsula High School

Nativity Catholic School

Contact info 50 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. 650-327-5052 ijimenez@beechwoodschool.org www.beechwoodschool.org 4000 Terman Drive, Palo Alto. 650-813-9131 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto 650-328-3160 admission@castilleja.org www.castilleja.org 400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough 650-342-4175 admission@csus.org www.csus.org 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto 650-688-3634 help@chconline.org www.chconline.org/esther-b-clarkschool 475 Pope St., Menlo Park 650-324-8617 office@gais.org www.gais.org 3400 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 650-968-8338 ext.133 admissions@girlsms.org girlsms.org 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 650-213-9600 info@kehillah.org www.kehillah.org K-4: 2890 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 5-8: 3981 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650-328-1711 admission@keysschool.com keysschool.com 815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park 650-321-0550 lydianacademy.com 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton 650-330-2001 info@menloschool.org www.menloschool.org 1340 Willow Road, Menlo Park 650-321-1991 info@mid-pen.com www.mid-pen.com 1250 Laurel St., Menlo Park 650-325-7304 info@nativityschool.com nativityschool.com

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Grade Level

Enrollment

Class Size

Tuition $160/month (scholarships available)

KinderPrep-8

170

18-20

Montessori

K-8

235

10:1 studentteacher ratio

$25,812

All girls, college prep

6-12

438

15

$40,930

Coed, college prep

6-12

350

14 (average)

$40,800

Ages 7-16

75

Grades 2-4: 10; grades 5-10: 12

$226/day for 205 days/year; therapy: $156.60/ hour $9,490 (preschool two days)$32,680 (high school); discounts available

Academic program in therapeutic milieu

German/ English

Preschool-12

300

15

Girls

6-8

200

16-18

$28,840

Coed, college prep, Jewish

9-12

180

12-15

$38,900; $400$800 for books

Coed

K-8

320

18 (average); 8:1 student teacher ratio

One-on-one education

6-12

100

1

n/a

Coed, college prep

6-12

6-8: 216 9-12: 576

18

$41,100

Coed, college prep

8-12

120

8-12

$32,500

Preschool-8

300

14

$6,900

Catholic

K-4: $27,350; 5-8: $30,650

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Peninsula School

920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park 650-325-1584 marylou@peninsulaschool.org peninsulaschool.org

Phillips Brooks School

2245 Avy Ave., Menlo Park 650-854-4545 info@phillipsbrooks.org www.phillipsbrooks.org

Sacred Heart Schools

Sand Hill School at Children's Health Council

St. Raymond School

Synapse School

Trinity School

Waldorf School of the Peninsula

Woodland School

Woodside Priory School

Lower & Middle School: 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton 650-322-1866 Preparatory (grades 9-12): 650-473-4006 admissions@shschools.org www.shschools.org 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto 650-688-3605 info@sandhillschool.org sandhillschool.org 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park 650-322-2312 admissions@straymond.org www.straymond.org 3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park 650-294-4570 www.synapseschool.org Early Childhood: 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park K-5: 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 650-854-0288 admission@trinity-mp.org trinity-mp.org Pre-K-grade 5: 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos 650-209-9400 Grades 6-12: 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View 650-417-7600 info@waldorfpeninsula.org waldorfpeninsula.org 360 La Cuesta Drive, Menlo Park 650-854-9065 info@woodland-school.org woodland-school.org 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley 650-851-8223 admissions@prioryca.org prioryca.org

Progressive

255

18-21

$14,270-$18,720

Preschool-5

280

18; studentteacher ratio 8:1

Full-day 3-4 yearolds: $19,875; full-day Pre-K: $24,750; K-5: $29,910

Preschool/K-12

Preschool-8: 600; 9-12: 600

12-17

$22,685-$38,465

Language-based learning differences such as dyslexia

K-7

56

6:1 studentteacher ratio

$35,000

Catholic

JK-8

304

30

$8,237

Independent, advanced academic curriculum; Six Seconds

K-8

190

18-20

$27,800 plus fees

Early childhood-5

168

22

$18,620-$29,820

Pre-K-12

325

Varies

Coed

JK-8

260

18

Coed, college prep, Catholic/Benedictine

6-8

350

15-18

Coed

Coed, Catholic

Episcopal, coed

Coed, developmentally based experiential curriculum

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Adult schools and higher education

Mathnasium 605 Cambridge Ave., Menlo Park. Grades K-12. Learning center for building math skills and concepts. • 650-321-MATH (6284) • paloalto-menlopark@mathnasium.com • www.mathnasium.com/paloaltomenlopark

Foothill College 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Middlefield Road Campus: 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Enrollment: 13,277. Class size: 27. Tuition: $31 per unit for California residents plus basic fees; $152 per unit plus basic fees for out-of-state students. • 650-949-7777 • 650-949-6950 (Middlefield Road) • www.foothill.edu

Palo Alto School for Jewish Education (PASJE) 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Class Size: 12-20. Enrollment: 86. Grades K-8. Jewish Sunday School; B’nai Mitzvah class; optional Hebrew. • 650-444-2117 • director@pasje.org • www.pasje.org 42 • Info Menlo www.AlmanacNews.com

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Cañada College 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Enrollment: less than 11,000. Class size: 25. Tuition: $46 per unit. • 650-306-3100 • canadacollege.edu

Menlo College 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Enrollment: 750. Class size: 19. Tuition: $38,100 per year; $12,630 room and board per year; $650 student fee. • 800-556-3656

• admissions@menlo.edu • menlo.edu Palo Alto Adult School 50 Embarcadero Road, Room 8, Palo Alto. Enrollment: 2,200. Class size: 8-25. Tuition: Free to $231. ESL program is free. • 650-329-3752 • adultschool@pausd.org • paadultschool.org Palo Alto University 1791 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Enrollment: 1,160. Class size: 25. Tuition: bachelor’s: $5,337 per quarter; master’s: $499 per unit; Ph.D. in Clininical Psychology: $15,947 per quarter for classes; Psy.D.: $16,951 per quarter for classes. • 800-818-6136 • admissions@paloaltou.edu • www.paloaltou.edu Sequoia District Adult School 3247 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Enrollment: 2,000. Class size: Varies. Tuition: $20 registration fee for GED, High School Diploma and ESL programs; $40 for Multi-

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JK: $16,875; K-4: $23,500; 5-8: $24,980 Day students: $39,900 plus $775 in fees

level/Bilingual Computer class session. • 650-306-8866 • seqsas.org Sofia University 1069 E. Meadow Circle, Palo Alto. Enrollment: 383. Class size: 12-25. Tuition: $16,902-$36,000 per year based on degree program. • 888-98-SOFIA (76342) • admissions@sofia.edu • sofia.edu Stanford Continuing Studies 365 Lasuen St., Stanford. Enrollment: 15,000. Class size: 17-200. Tuition: $100-$805. • 650-725-2650 • continuingstudies@stanford.edu • continuingstudies.stanford.edu Stanford University Stanford, California. Enrollment: 7,019 undergrads; 9,776 grad students. Class size: varies. Tuition: $44,184 tuition; $13,631 room and board. • 650-723-2300 • stanford.edu


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Sunday 8:00 am Holy Communion Service 10:00 am Holy Communion Service with Music & Children’s Programs

Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational Serving Together 9:30 am: Sunday School 10:30 am: Worship

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Senior housing Channing House 850 Webster St., Palo Alto. Provides spacious independent living apartments, with assisted living and skilled nursing available on-site. Fitness center and pool, library, hobby rooms, housekeeping, educational programs, van transportation and three meals a day offered. • channinghouse.org • 650-327-0950 Gordon Manor/Hopkins Manor 1235 Hopkins Ave. and 1616 Gordon St., Redwood City. Facilities with a family atmosphere that help to transition individuals into assisted living. Alzheimer’s and dementia care, short-term respite care and hospice care available. • 650-562-0555, 650-368-5656 • www.justlikefamily.com The Hamilton 555 Byron St., Palo Alto. Four-story, 36-unit condominium complex for residents over 55, offering full ownership. Amenities include fine dining five nights a week, heated pool and spa, fitness center, housekeeping, security, transportation, community spaces and activities. • 650-463-1400 • www.thehamilton.net Lytton Gardens Senior Communities 656 Lytton Ave., 649 University Ave., 330 Everett Ave., Palo Alto. Affordable retirement community enabling seniors to age with dignity. Independent and assisted living. Activities, outings, socialization and support for residents. • 650-328-3300 • jtm-esc.org/lytton-gardens Moldaw Family Residences 899 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Apartments for seniors located on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life and a participant in Palo Alto’s Below Market Rate Program. Multi-generational environment; opportunities for education and recreation; and long-term care offered through the Jewish Senior Living Group. • 650-433-3600 • www.moldaw.org Palo Alto Commons 4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto. Hotel-like setting providing 46 • Info Menlo www.AlmanacNews.com

disposal an array of housing options and resources, helping them to live their golden years in comfort and enjoyment. For community members who find themselves battling an illness, or struggling to make ends meet, local businesses and nonprofits are at the ready to help their neighbors get back on their feet.

independent living and assisted living, as well as Alzheimer’s, dementia and other specialized care. Licensed nurse services available on site. Transportation, weekly housekeeping, outings and activities. • 650-494-0760 • www.paloaltocommons.com Peninsula Volunteers Properties Inc. 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Operates two apartment buildings for seniors and adults with disabilities — Crane Place at 1331 Crane St. and Partridge/Kennedy Apartments at 817 Partridge Ave. in Menlo Park. Subsidized housing for those with low to moderate income. Need and time on waiting list are considered. • Crane: 650-325-2442; Partridge/Kennedy: 650-324-3160 • www.penvol.org/seniorhousing The Sequoias - Portola Valley 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Offers a variety of apartment options, with assisted living and memory care. Skilled nursing available at on-site health center. Activities and programs, a fitness center, swimming pool, full-service dining and buffet, housekeeping, linen service, studios and a library. • 650-851-1501 • www.ncphs.org/ccrc/sequoiasportola-valley Vi at Palo Alto 620 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto. A Continuing Care Retirement Community, providing independent living as well as assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing. Services and facilities include fine dining, weekly housekeeping and linen service, a fitness center, activities and events. • 888-432-3176 • www.viliving.com Webster House 401 Webster St., Palo Alto. Thirty-six independent-living apartment homes with assisted living services provided. On-site Lytton Healthcare Center provides skilled nursing, rehabilitation and memory care. Dinner service six days a week and pool, fitness, recreation and library facilities. • 650-327-4333 • jtm-esc.org/webster-house

Senior resources and services Avenidas 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. A nonprofit that provides tools for positive aging. Programs include classes and activities, covering brain and body fitness, languages and arts; health and wellness, with free or discounted screenings and services; volunteer opportunities; door-todoor transportation; handyman services; the Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, offering two levels of daytime care; and Avenidas Village. • 650-289-5400 • www.avenidas.org Avenidas Village Avenidas Village is a membership program that allows people to stay in their homes while having access to the services they need. Benefits include prompt concierge-style support, transportation assistance, daily social calls (if wanted), a network of vendors and discounts, social gatherings, cultural outings, medical advocacy and legal assistance. • 650-289-5405 • www.avenidas.org/village East Palo Alto Senior Center Inc. 560 Bell St., East Palo Alto. Free activities include games, language study fitness exercises, dancing, tai-chi classes, music appreciation and brown-bag food giveaway. Country breakfast offered on Thursday mornings; continental breakfast and hot lunch Mon-Fri. • 650-329-5900 Institute on Aging Peninsula 881 Fremont Ave., Ste. A2, Los Altos. Nonprofit licensed home health agency offering home care, personal care, care management and consultation. Offers specialized dementia and Alzheimer’s care. • 650-329-1411 • www.ioaging.org Menlo Park Senior Center 110 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. City facility provides programming focused on health, recreation and education for older adults. Services also include nutritious hot meals, low-cost transportation to

Volunteer and Woodside resident Daniel Ohara gets a compliment about his dimples from Fina, left, during the Independence Day picnic at Peninsula Volunteers’ Rosener House.

the center, HICAP and tax assistance, and free monthly health screenings. • 650-330-2280 • www.menlopark.org/227/seniorservices Peninsula Volunteers Inc. 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. A nonprofit organization promoting welfare of seniors. Major programs and facilities include Little House Activity Center, Meals on Wheels, Crane Place and Partridge/Kennedy Apartments, and Rosener House Adult Day Services. • 650-326-0665 • penvol.org Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Peninsula Volunteers’ Little House is a multipurpose activity center that offers classes in arts and crafts, languages, health and wellness, fitness, computer use and on cultural topics. Advice and consultation provided for older adults aiming to continue living independently. Lunch is served Mon-Fri. • 650-326-2025 • penvol.org/littlehouse Rosener House Adult Day Services 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Operated by Peninsula Volunteers, the facility supplies structured activity programs for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other functional or cognitive impairments. The weekday program assists participants through health, social and support services. Fees based on costs and families’ ability to pay. • 650-322-0126 • penvol.org/rosenerhouse

Counseling Adolescent Counseling Services 1717 Embarcadero Road, Ste. 4000, Palo Alto. Seeks to empower youth by providing counseling, substance abuse treatment, LGBTQQ support and mental health education to youth and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Professional and affordable services, focusing on issues among ages 10-25. • 650-424-0852 • www.acs-teens.org


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Neighborhood associations Atherton Lindenwood Lindenwood Homes Association, www.lindenwoodhomes.org Lloyden Park Lloyden Park Homeowners’ Association, David Barca, president, 650314-7201, dbarca@pacunion.com Menlo Park Fair Oaks Fair Oaks Beautification Association, www.fobaneighbors.org Menlo Oaks Menlo Oaks District Association, www.menlo-oaks.org Portola Valley Ladera Ladera Community Association, www.laderaonline.org Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde Los Trancos Woods Community Association, lostrancoswoods.org; Vista Verde Community Association, www. vistaverdepv.org Westridge Westridge Architectural Supervising Committee, Bill Dewes, secretary, 650-851-2605 Woodside Highlands Woodside Highlands Improvement Association, Jean Isaacson, president, 650-851-4494 Portola Valley Ranch Portola Valley Ranch Association, pvranch.org Woodside Kings Mountain/Skyline Kings Mountain Association, kingsmountainonline.com Woodside Hills Woodside Hills Homes Association, www.woodsidehills.org Emerald Hills Emerald Hills Homeowners Association, www. emeraldhillshomeowners.org

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley 375 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto. Individual and family counseling for children, teens and adults; counseling, support groups, social activities and more for LGBTQ youth; adult and adolescent substance abuse treatment and prevention programs; and family violence and abuse prevention services. • 650-326-6576 • www.fcservices.org Kara 457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto. Grief support to children, teens and adults who have recently lost a loved one or who are facing a life-threatening illness. One-onone peer support or grief therapy offered, as well as support groups. • 650-321-5272 • www.kara-grief.org La Selva Group 206 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. Part of Momentum for Mental Health. Various levels of care, which includes psychiatry, residential treatment, outpatient program, individual and group therapy, supportive housing, case management and after-care/alumni services. • 650-617-1759 • www.thelaselvagroup.org Suicide & Crisis Hotline 828 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose. 24/7 crisis line run through Santa Clara County Mental Health Department. Counselors listen to callers, provide emotional support and refer to services. • 855-278-4204 • www.sccgov.org

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education for the community and support for stroke survivors and family caregivers. • 650-565-8485 • www.pacificstrokeassociation.org

Health and support services Arbor Free Clinic Menlo Park VA, 795 Willow Road, Bldg. 334, Menlo Park. Free health clinic providing acute medical care, tuberculosis testing and other health screenings for uninsured adults. Staffed by volunteer students and doctors. • Sunday clinic: 650-493-5000 ext. 22222; voicemail: 650-724-1332 • arbor.stanford.edu

Planned Parenthood 2907 El Camino Real, Redwood City. Family planning and health services for women, men and teens. Education, pregnancy testing, birth control, HIV testing and general health care. No one turned away; services in English and Spanish. • 650-503-7810 • www.plannedparenthood.org

Bay Area Cancer Connections 2335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Personalized support to people impacted by breast or ovarian cancer. One-on-one and support groups, health library, complementary therapies, life coaching, access to care and more. • 650-326-6686; toll free: 888-222-4401 • bcconnections.org

Ravenswood Family Health Center 1885 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. A nonprofit community health clinic that offers primary medical care, behavioral health services, education and social services to low-income and uninsured residents of south San Mateo County. Pediatrics, prenatal care, adolescent health, adult medicine, family planning, chronic disease care, dental services and more. • 650-330-7400 • www.ravenswoodfhc.org

Free at Last 1796 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. Helps more than 4,200 community members annually with problems of addiction and the spread of communicable diseases, including HIV/ AIDS and STDs. Services include bilingual education and intervention, DUI classes, residential treatment, clean and sober living, and outpatient services. • 650-462-6999 • www.freeatlast.org/index.html

Stanford Health Library 211 Quarry Road, Ste. 201, Palo Alto. Library open to the public sharing a wide range of medical and health-related materials. Free research assistance provided. Locations at Stanford Hospital, Stanford Cancer Center and Ravenswood Family Health Center (bilingual medical library). • 650-725-8400 • healthlibrary.stanford.edu

Pacific Stroke Association 3801 Miranda Ave., Bldg. 6, A162, Palo Alto. Nonprofit organization serving Santa Clara and San Mateo counties that provides stroke

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POSITIVE AGING AVENIDAS LIFELONG LEARNING & LEISURE PROGRAM helps you strive for a higher level of personal growth s Brain Fitness & Lectures s Creative Arts & Writing

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s Foreign Languages

s Computer Classes

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s Improv

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AVENIDAS HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM provides the nuts and bolts for living well s Free Health Screenings s Podiatry & Nail Care s Annual Flu Shot

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s Massage

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s Meditation s Acupuncture

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AVENIDAS ROSE KLEINER CENTER gives families a blueprint to follow for aging loved ones s Daily Nursing

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s Transportation s Speech Therapy

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AVENIDAS CARE PARTNERS help families cut through conflict and confusion s Geriatric Care Management

s Assessments

s Caregiver Conference

s Counseling

s Housing Guide

s Information & Assistance s Support Groups

AVENIDAS DOOR TO DOOR PROGRAM helps you nail down your transportation needs s Door to Door Rides to Appointments & Errands

s Weekly Grocery Shopping Trips

s Low-Cost, Reliable Service

AVENIDAS HANDYMAN SERVICES hammer out efficient home repairs s Enhance Security

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s House Painting

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AVENIDAS VILLAGE helps you get a grip on aging-in-place s Stay in Your Own Home

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Community Working Group 2507-A Alma St., Palo Alto (mailing address). Nonprofit organization assisting homeless and at-risk families and individuals in the Midpeninsula area. Housing and rehabilitation services; facilities including the Opportunity Center. • 650-299-8700 • communityworkinggroup.org Downtown Streets Team’s Food Closet 425 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Provides food and other items to homeless and low-income residents of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, through the help of volunteers and local churches. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. • 650-325-3663 • streetsteam.org/downtown-food-closet InnVision Shelter Network 181 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park. Provides housing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals, operating 17 sites from Daly City to San Jose offering interim and stabilization shelter, permanent supportive housing, outreach, rapid re-housing and prevention services. Local services include the Opportunity Center, Haven Family House, Hotel de Zink shelter program and Breaking Bread Hot Meal Program. • 650-685-5880 • www.ivsn.org Peninsula Healthcare Connection Opportunity Center, 33 Encina Ave., #103, Palo Alto. Meets the needs of homeless and at-risk individuals by providing primary and mental health care and indepth case management. • 650-853-0321 • www.peninsulahcc.org

Services for people with disabilities Abilities United 525 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Nonprofit that assists people of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities, their families and those without disabilities for some services. Programs include early intervention, Milestones Preschool, a therapy clinic, after-school socialization, computer education, respite, adult day activities, employment services, independent-living skills training and aquatic services. • 650-494-0550 • www.abilitiesunited.org Community Gatepath 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Ste.123, Redwood City. A Silicon Valley nonprofit over 95 years old that offers inclusive programs for children, youth and adults with special needs, facilitating greater independence and well-being. Early intervention and therapy, preschools, support services, social communication education for youth, vocational training and more. • 650-259-8500 • www.gatepath.org Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired 3200 Hillview Ave., Ste. 120, Palo Alto. Offers a family-centered rehabilitation program for clients with moderate to severe loss of vision. Clinic, store with helpful products, counseling and support groups, Braille classes and daily-living

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skills training, as well as instruction in orientation, mobility and technology use. • 650-858-0202 • www.vistacenter.org

Social services Deborah’s Palm 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto. Nonprofit women’s center serving all women in the Bay Area. Counseling, free mentoring, career and relocation support, classes, activities, groups, lectures and educational seminars, and more. • 650-473-0664 • deborahspalm.org Ecumenical Hunger Program 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto. A nonprofit that provides emergency food, clothing, household necessities, support programs and referral services to people in need in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Palo Alto. • 650-323-7781 • ehpcares.org Fair Oaks Community Center 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Range of services for the Redwood City-area community provided by Redwood City staff and nonprofit agencies. Child care and preschool, education services, emergency food and shelter, immigration and citizenship services, referrals, senior programs and more offered. • 650-780-7500 • redwoodcity.org/parks/cc/fairoaks.html Jewish Family and Children’s Services Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. Provides professional counseling services, caseemergency family assistance, services for disabled individuals and home-care programs for seniors (Seniors At Home). Parents Place services include parent education, clinical and special needs services, parent coaching, activity groups, therapy and counseling, and more. • 650-688-3030 • www.jfcs.org San Mateo County Child Protective Services Offers a 24-hour Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline to report known or suspected abuse of children up to age 18 in San Mateo County. • 650-802-7922, 800-632-4615 • hsa.smcgov.org/child-protectiveservices Second Harvest Food Bank 1051 Bing St., San Carlos. The food bank works in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to combat local hunger by providing nutritious food to over 250,000 people each month. Partners with more than 330 nonprofit agencies to provide food at more than 770 sites, including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and children’s programs. • 650-610-0800; food: 800-984-3663; donations: 866-234-3663. • www.shfb.org St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. The dining room for those in need offers hot, nutritious lunches 52 weeks a year, MonSat. Clothing essentials are distributed on Wednesdays (women and children) and Thursdays (men), and a nurse visits once a week to provide advice and referrals. • 650-365-9664 • paduadiningroom.com


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ATHERTON, MENLO PARK, PORTOLA VALLEY AND WOODSIDE

The local city and towns — Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside — provide plenty of opportunities for residents to become engaged with their local government, including citizen commissions focusing on everything from the environment to land-use planning, transportation and recreation. They all also provide many community services, often held at city or

Menlo Park Menlo Park Civic Center Laurel Street near Ravenswood Avenue. Burgess Park, which is located at the Civic Center, includes swimming pools and a locker room, baseball and soccer fields, a skate park and a gymnastics center. Menlo Park City Council Chambers 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. The Menlo Park City Council meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. Agendas, minutes and staff reports are posted on the city’s website at www.menlopark.org/agendacenter. The site also contains general information about the city as well as links to the police department, library and recreation center. • 650-330-6620 (city clerk)

Menlo Park city staff City Council: Please see Public Officials section.

town facilities. Each, for example, has a public library, with programs throughout the year and of interest to all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Portola Valley’s striking and historic Town Center brings together the community around its government meetings, community hall and recreational areas. Menlo Park has extensive recreational facilities at the Civic Center, including a pool, playing fields and two indoor centers, one specializing in gymnastics.

Menlo Park planning commissioners John Onken, chair. Term ends 2019. 650-862-8444. Katherine Strehl, vice chair. Term ends 2017. 650-326-7246. Andrew Combs. Term ends 2018. 650-924-1890. Katie Ferrick. Term ends 2016. Susan Goodhue. Term ends 2019. John Kadvany. Term ends 2016. 650-322-2313 (work). Larry Kahle. Term ends 2018. The Planning Commission meets twice a month on Mondays (exact schedule varies) at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. • Staff contact: Thomas Rogers. 650-330-6722

Other Menlo Park commissions

City Manager: Alex McIntyre. 650-330-6610, admcintyre@menlopark.org

Bicycle Commission Staff contact: Kristiann Choy. 650-330-6772.

City Attorney: William McClure. 650-330-6620, wlm@jsmf.com

Environmental Quality Commission Staff contact: Heather Abrams. 650-330-6765.

City Clerk: Pam Aguilar. 650-330-6621, piaguilar@menlopark.org Police Chief: Robert Jonsen. 650-330-6300, rjonsen@menlopark.org Community Services Director: Cherise Brandell. 650-330-6618, cebrandell@menlopark.org Community Development Director: Arlinda Heineck. 650-330-6715, aaheineck@menlopark.org Finance Director: Vacant as of Aug. 14, 2015. Library Director: Susan Holmer. 650-330-2510, seholmer@menlopark.org Human Resources Director: Vacant as of August 2015 Public Works Director: Vacant as of Aug. 20, 2015 54 • Info Menlo www.AlmanacNews.com

Housing Commission Staff contact: Clay Curtin. 650-330-6615. Library Commission Staff contact: Susan Holmer. 650-330-2510. Parks & Recreation Commission Staff contact: Derek Schweigart. 650-330-2267. Transportation Commission Staff contact: Rene Baile. 650-330-6775.

Menlo Park city services Menlo Park Library 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Mon, Wed 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tues noon9 p.m.; Thu, Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m. • 650-330-2500; reference: 650-330-2520; children: 650-330-2530; outreach services: John Weaver, 650-330-2512; Project Read: Roberta Roth, 650-330-2525 • www.menloparklibrary.org

Friends of the Menlo Park Library • 650-330-2521 • www.friendsmpl.org Belle Haven Branch Library 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park. Located on the grounds of Belle Haven Elementary School, the library serves students and the public. Most of its reading selection is geared toward children and families. Tues, Wed 11:30 a.m.7 p.m.; Thu, Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat noon5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Sundays. • 650-330-2540 Menlo Park Police Department 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Community policing program encompasses basic crime prevention, neighborhood watches and home-security checks, and deals with neighborhood and traffic issues. Special programs include an earthquakepreparedness meeting every other year, and school programs that focus on issues such as vandalism and drugs. Counselors meet with at-risk kids and their families. Neighborhood crime statistics are available at the library and are posted on the city’s website, www.menlopark.org/crimestats. Front desk hours: Mon-Thu 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; every other Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; report a crime 24 hours a day, seven days a week. • 911 (emergency); 650-330-6300 (non-emergency) Belle Haven Police Substation 1197 Willow Road, Menlo Park. • 650-858-3328 Arillaga Family Recreation Center 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. A wide variety of dance and health and fitness classes for adults, children and teens is offered weekly. MonThu 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m. See Outdoors & Recreation section for more info. • 650-330-2200 Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Gymnastics training for children, teens and adults and exercise classes. Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun varies. See Outdoors & Recreation section for more info. • 650-330-2224

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Menlo Park Teen Support Services 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. Geared for 12- to 18-year-olds, the program organizes weekend trips and events, including snow trips and group getaways. A drop-in afterschool program is open in the Teen Room at the Boys & Girls Club from 3-6 p.m., Mon-Fri, during the school year and special hours depending on school schedules. • 650-330-2245 • www.menlopark.org/departments/ com/teens.html Belle Haven Pool 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. Open year-round. Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sundays. • 650-330-2237 Burgess Pool 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-6 p.m. • 650-330-2232

Other Menlo Park community services Menlo Park fire service Service is provided by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. • 911 (emergency); 650-688-8400 (nonemergency); Fire Prevention Bureau: 650-688-8425 Menlo Park garbage and curbside recycling service Recology Waste Zero. Administrative office: 225 Shoreway Road, San Carlos 94070. • 650-595-3900 • www.recologysanmateocounty.com Menlo Park Historical Association Menlo Park Library, lower level, 800 Alma St. Tues noon-2 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • 650-330-2522 Menlo Park post offices Menlo Park Branch, 3875 Bohannon Drive, Menlo Park. Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oak Grove Station, 655 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. West Menlo Park Branch, 2120 Avy Ave., Menlo Park. Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 650-323-2701


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Belle Haven Community Center complex Onetta M. Harris Community Center 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. The 8.3-acre center contains a baseball and a soccer field, outdoor basketball courts, Belle Haven Pool and the Menlo Park Senior Center. Activities and classes for children, adults and teens. An exercise room is available for adults. Mon-Fri noon-8 p.m. • 650-322-4578 Menlo Park Senior Center 110 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please see listing under Seniors in the Community section. • 650-330-2280 Belle Haven Child Development Center 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. Children ages 3-5 are offered multicultural learning experiences in an environment with a teacher-child ratio of 1:8. The subsidized program is designed for children of low-income parents at

work or in work-training, or who are incapacitated or have an incapacitated child. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are served daily. Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • 650-330-2270

City Attorney: William B. Connors. 650752-0546.

Atherton

Public Works Department Mike Kashiwagi, director. 650-752-0532.

Atherton Town Hall 91 Ashfield Road at Dinkelspiel Station Lane. It houses the offices of the city manager, city clerk and finance department, a branch post office and the police department. Across the street are the Town Council Chambers.

Atherton town staff

City Clerk and Assistant to the City Manager: Theresa DellaSanta. 650-7520529, tdellasanta@ci.atherton.ca.us

Building Department 650-752-0560. Finance Director: Robert Barron. 650752-0552, rbarron@ci.atherton.ca.us

Atherton planning commissioners Randy Lamb. Term ends 2016. Eric Lane, vice chair. Term ends 2016.

Town Council: Please see Public Officials section.

JoAnn Byrne Sockolov. Term ends 2017.

City Manager: George Rodericks. 650752-0504, grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

Mary Widmer Term ends 2016.

Police Chief: Ed Flint. 650-752-0508, eflint@ci.atherton.ca.us

Paul Tonelli. Term ends 2017. The Planning Commission’s regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road at

Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. • 650-752-0544

Other Atherton commissions & committees Park & Recreation Commission Staff contact: Steve Tyler. 650-752-0541. Atherton Rail Committee Staff contact: Mike Kashiwagi. 650-752-0532. Transportation Committee Staff contact: City Manager. 650-752-0504.

Atherton advisory/study committees Atherton Heritage Association 94 Ashfield Road in the council chambers building, Atherton; Tue 10 a.m.-noon. Contact: Marion Oster. 650-688-6540. Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation 650-752-0536, hppfoundation.org. Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park • info@athertondames.org, athertondames.org www.AlmanacNews.com Info Menlo • 55


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Atherton Police Department 83 Ashfield Road, Atherton. In addition to crime prevention and other services, the town’s police department offers security inspections and suggestions to ensure protection. Residents may connect their home alarms directly to the police department. It also performs home checks during vacations. • 911 (emergency); 650-323-6131 (via cell); 650-688-6500 (non-emergency) • www.ci.atherton.ca.us/police

Town Clerk: Sharon Hanlon. Ext. 210.

Historic Resources Committee

Town Planner: Debbie Pedro. Ext. 218.

Nature & Science Committee

Public Works Director: Howard Young. Ext. 214.

Open Space Acquisition Advisory Committee

Assistant Planner: Carol Borck. Ext. 211.

Parks & Recreation Committee

Planning Technician: CheyAnne Brown. Ext. 216.

Public Works Committee

Sustainability & Special Projects Manager: Brandi de Garmeaux. Ext. 222.

Trails And Paths Committee

Atherton Police Activities League Conducts a variety of programs, including classroom presentations on bicycle safety, drug abuse and stranger awareness. Sponsors an annual safety patrol picnic. • 650-688-6500

Recreational Facilities Coordinator: To be determined.

Atherton fire service Service is provided by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Atherton fire station: 32 Almendral Ave., Atherton. • 911 (emergency); 650-688-8400 (nonemergency) • Fire Prevention Bureau: 650-688-8425 Atherton garbage and curbside recycling service Recology San Mateo County. Billing info: Recology San Mateo County, 610 Elm St., Ste. 202, San Carlos, CA 94070. • 650-802-3500 • www.recologysanmateocounty.com Atherton Library 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Mon-Wed 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thu-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m. • 650-328-2422 Friends of the Atherton Library • 650-328-2422 Atherton post office Town Hall, 91 Ashfield Road, Atherton. Accepts international packages. Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.noon, 1-4 p.m. • 650-325-4457 Holbrook-Palmer Park 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. Recreational, cultural and social activities take place on the grounds and in three buildings at the 22-acre park: the Holbrook-Palmer House, Jennings Pavilion and the Carriage House. Classes for children and adults, preschool program and six tennis courts are located there. Rooms can be rented for meetings, social events and weddings, including an outdoor wedding arbor. A 1-mile walking/fitness path follows the perimeter of the park. • 650-752-0534 • atherton@ci.atherton.ca.us

Portola Valley Portola Valley Town Center 765 Portola Road. Town Council and commissions meet in the renovated 1909 Historic Schoolhouse. The building and playing field complex at Town Center includes the Town Hall, library, a community hall and activity rooms. Town Hall hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. • www.portolavalley.net

Town Attorney: Leigh Price. 650-324-9300.

Portola Valley Planning Commission Members: Nicholas Targ, chair; Denise Gilbert; Judith Hasko; Nate McKitterick; Alexandra Von Feldt. The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the Historic Schoolhouse. • planningcommission@portolavalley.net

Portola Valley Architectural & Site Control Commission Members: Dave Ross, chair; Danna Breen; Jeff Clark; Iris Harrell; Megan Koch. The Architectural & Site Control Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the Historic Schoolhouse. • ascc@portolavalley.net

Portola Valley town services Portola Valley police services Provided by San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office under contract. Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. • 911 (emergency); 650-363-4911 (nonemergency) Portola Valley fire services Fire protection and enforcement of codes are provided by the Woodside Fire Protection District. See Public Officials section for more info. • 911 (emergency); 650-851-1594 (nonemergency) • www.woodsidefire.org Portola Valley garbage and curbside recycling service Run by GreenWaste Recovery. Administrative address: 1500 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 650-568-9900, 408-283-4800 Portola Valley Town Center classes • Town Hall: 650-851-1701 ext. 210 Portola Valley volunteer committees For more info, go to the Town Government link at www.portolavalley.net or call Town Hall at 650-851-1701. Bicycle, Pedestrian & Traffic Safety Committee Cable & Utilities Undergrounding Committee Community Events Committee Conservation Committee

Portola Valley town staff: 650-851-1701.

Cultural Arts Committee

Town Council: Please see Public Officials section.

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Sustainability Committee Water Conservation Committee Portola Valley Library 765 Portola Road. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • 650-851-0560 • www.smcl.org/content/portolavalley Friends of the Portola Valley Library • 650-851-0560 Portola Valley post Portola Valley has no post office. Residents with Internet connections can order stamps and arrange for pickups. Postal carriers take stamp orders; stamp vending machines are available in Menlo Park post offices. • UPS store in Ladera: 650-529-1692

Woodside Woodside Town Hall 2955 Woodside Road. The building houses the town administrative offices and the Planning and Building Department. Town Council and commission meetings are held in the historic Independence Hall. The Planning and Building Department holds counter hours Mon-Fri 8-10 a.m. and 1-3 p.m, and can be reached at 650-851-6796. • 650-851-6790 • woodsidetown.org

Woodside town staff Town Council: Please see Public Officials section. Town Manager and Director of Finance: Kevin Bryant. 650-851-6790, kbryant@ woodsidetown.org Town Attorney: Jean Savaree, 650-593-3117. Deputy Town Manager/Town Engineer: Paul Nagengast. 650-851-6790, pnagengast@woodsidetown.org Town Clerk: Janet Koelsch. 650-851-6790, jkoelsch@woodsidetown.org Planning Director: Jackie Young. 650-8516790, jyoung@woodsidetown.org

Woodside planning commissioners Suzanne Muller, chair District 7. Term ends February 2016. Aydan Kutay vice chair District 5. Term ends February 2016. Karen Rongey-Conner District 1. Term ends February 2016. Marilyn Voelke District 2. Term ends February 2019. Grant Huberty District 3. Term ends February 2018. Adolph Rosekrans District 4. Term ends February 2018.

Elizabeth L. Hobson District 6. Term ends February 2019. The Planning Commission’s regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Independence Hall, Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads, Woodside. • 650-851-6790

Woodside Architectural and Site Review Board The Woodside Architectural and Site Review Board meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at Independence Hall, Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads, Woodside. • Town Clerk: 650-851-6790

Other Woodside committees For more information about committees, contact the Town Clerk at 650-851-6790. Arts & Cultural Committee Audit Committee Circulation Committee Emergency Preparedness Committee History Committee Livestock and Equestrian Heritage Committee Open Space Committee Public Safety Committee Recreation Committee Sustainability and Conservation Committee Trails Committee

Woodside town services Woodside police services Provided by San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office under contract. Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. • 911 (emergency); 650-363-4911 (nonemergency) Woodside fire service Fire protection and enforcement of codes are provided by the Woodside Fire Protection District. See Public Officials section for more info. • 911 (emergency); 650-851-1594 (nonemergency) • www.woodsidefire.org Woodside garbage and curbside recycling service Run by GreenWaste Recovery. Administrative address: 1500 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Customer service line: 650-568-9900, 408-283-4800 Woodside Library 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (The Woodside Library is being remodeled and will be closed until the spring of 2016.) • 650-851-0147 • woodsidelibrary.org Friends of the Woodside Library • 650-851-0147 Woodside branch of Redwood City Post Office 2995 Woodside Road, #200, Woodside. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • 800-275-8777 • usps.com


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Here on the Peninsula, residents have the best of both worlds when it comes to interfacing with public officials. Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley are small enough that you can contact local officials directly and expect a call back. Yet they are sophisticated enough to have good resources for information and feedback, including robust

Town of Atherton Town Hall 91 Ashfield Road, Atherton, CA 94027 2015-16 town operating budget: $11.8 million • 650-752-0500 • www.ci.atherton.ca.us

Web presences. Residents can also have their say during public comment periods of local government meetings, and the lines usually aren’t that long. In addition to the four municipalities, there are several special districts, including two regional fire protection districts, serving the area — as well as a host of resources and departments available through San Mateo County.

• 650-330-6600 • city.council@menlopark.org, www. menlopark.org

Menlo Park City Council members Catherine Carlton mayor 2015. Term ends November 2016. 650-575-4523.

Atherton council members

Rich Cline mayor pro tempore 2015. Term ends November 2018. 650-207-1677.

Rick DeGolia mayor. Term ends November 2018. 650-793-2800, rdegolia@ci.atherton. ca.us

Kirsten Keith Term ends November 2018. 650-308-4618.

Elizabeth Lewis Term ends November 2016. 650-533-8830, elewis@ci.atherton.ca.us Bill Widmer Term ends November 2018. 650-530-0078, bwidmer@ci.atherton.ca.us Cary Wiest Term ends November 2016. 650-357-7122. The Atherton City Council’s regular meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month and start at 7 p.m. at the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road at Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Study sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the same location 4-6 p.m. • 650-752-0529

Atherton town staff City Manager: George Rodericks. 650-752-0504. Assistant to the City Manager and City Clerk: Theresa DellaSanta. 650-752-0529. Police Chief: Ed Flint. 650-688-6500.

City of Menlo Park City Hall 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025 2015-16 general fund budget: $48.2 million; total budget: $76.9 million

Ray Mueller Term ends November 2016. 650-776-6995. Peter Ohtaki Term ends November 2018. 650-328-0300. The Menlo Park City Council’s regular meetings are on Tuesdays, starting at 7 p.m. Meetings are broadcast live on Channel 26 and via the Internet at the city’s website, www.menlopark.org. Agendas, minutes and staff reports are also posted on the website. It also contains general information about the city as well as links to the police department, library and recreation center.

Menlo Park city staff City Manager: Alex McIntyre. 650-330-6610, admcintyre@menlopark.org

Town of Portola Valley Town Hall 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028 2015-16 town operating budget: $4.5 million • 650-851-1701 • towncenter@portolavalley.net, www.portolavalley.net

Portola Valley Town Council Jeff Aalfs mayor. Term ends November 2015. jaalfs@portolavalley.net

Maryann Derwin vice mayor. Term ends November 2017. mderwin@portolavalley.net Craig Hughes Term ends November 2017. chughes@portolavalley.net John Richards Term ends November 2017. jrichards@portolavalley.net Ann Wengert Term ends November 2015. awengert@portolavalley.net The Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the Historic Schoolhouse at Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Portola Valley town staff Town Manager: Vacant as of Aug. 12, 2015.

Town of Woodside Town Hall 2955 Woodside Road, P.O. Box 620005, Woodside, CA 94062. 2015-16 town operating and capital improvements budget: $12.2 million. • 650-851-6790 • www.woodsidetown.org

Woodside council members Tom Shanahan mayor. District 3. Term ends November 2015. 650-561-2238, t.shanahan@woodsidetown.org. Deborah Gordon mayor pro tempore. District 2. Term ends November 2017. 650851-1642, d.c.gordon@woodsidetown.org Ron Romines District 1. Term ends November 2015. 650-851-8475, r.romines@ woodsidetown.org

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Public Officials Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton converses with locals during an event at Kepler’s Books held by MenloSpark.

Anne Kasten District 6. Term ends November 2017. 650-867-5002, a.kasten@ woodsidetown.org Peter Mason District 7. Term ends November 2015. 650-851-8818, p.mason@ woodsidetown.org The Town Council’s regular meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Independence Hall, Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads, Woodside. All correspondence should be sent to Town Hall. • 650-851-6790; agenda hotline: 650-306-0327

Woodside town staff Town Manager/Finance Director: Kevin Bryant. 650-851-1594, kbryant@ woodsidetown.org

Menlo Park Fire Protection District 170 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park 94025 • Emergencies: 911; business: 650-6888400, Mon-Thu 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fire Prevention Bureau: 650-688-8425 • www.menlofire.org Fire Chief: Harold Schapelhouman. 2015-16 operations budget: $37.5 million. Fire stations: 300 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park; 2290 University Ave., East Palo Alto; 32 Almendral Ave., Atherton; 3322 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park; 4101 Fair Oaks Ave., Menlo Park; 700 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park; 1467 Chilco St., Menlo Park. Board of Directors, Menlo Park Fire District

David Tanner District 4. Term ends November 2017. 650-851-4918, d.tanner@ woodsidetown.org

Virginia Chang Kiraly president. Term ends November 2015. virginiacki@ menlofire.org

David Burow District 5. Term ends November 2015. 650-364-0697, d.burow@ woodsidetown.org

Rob Silano vice president. Term ends November 2015. roberts@menlofire.org www.AlmanacNews.com Info Menlo • 59


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Peter Carpenter director. Term ends November 2017. pcarpenter@menlofire.org

Hamilton Avenue and Bradford Street), Redwood City, CA 94063.

Rex Ianson director. Term ends November 2017. rexfordi@menlofire.org

County’s fiscal year 2015-16 operating budget: $2.4 billion. • 650-363-4000 • www.smcgov.org

Chuck Bernstein director. Term ends November 2017. cbernstein@menlofire.org Meets third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 300 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. • 650-688-8400

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San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Dave Pine District 1. Term ends January 2017. 650-363-4571. Carole Groom District 2. Term ends January 2019. 650-363-4568.

Headquarters station: 3111 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062 • Emergencies: 911; business: 650-851-1594 • www.woodsidefire.org

Don Horsley District 3. Term ends January 2019. 650-363-4569.

Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso

Adrienne Tissier District 5. Term ends January 2017. 650-363-4572.

2015-16 budget: $14.7 million Fire stations: Headquarters: 3111 Woodside Road, Woodside (650-851-1594); 135 Portola Road, Portola Valley (650-8511626); 4091 Jefferson Ave., unincorporated San Mateo County (650-368-2155). Board of Directors Patrick Cain John Gardner Matt Miller

Warren Slocum District 4. Term ends January 2017. 650-363-4570.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors holds meetings at 9 a.m. on scheduled Tuesdays in the board chambers, Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, at the corner of Bradford and Hamilton streets, Redwood City. Board agenda and supporting items are posted on the website on the Thursday before the board’s Tuesday meetings. • 650-363-4653 • www.smcgov.org

County Planning Commission

Meets the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Woodside fire station, 3111 Woodside Road, Woodside. • 650-851-1594 • chief@woodsidefire.org

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Skylonda Fire Station: 17290 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. Covers unincorporated areas of San Mateo County from Kings Mountain Road to Alpine Road, and west to Pescadero. • Emergencies: 911; business: 650-851-1860

State government State Senate Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) District 13. Term expires 2016. First elected to this office in 2012. District office: 1528 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 303, San Mateo, CA 94402. • 650-212-3313 • http://sd13.senate.ca.gov

State Assembly Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) District 24. Term expires 2016. First elected to this office in 2010. District office: 5050 El Camino Real, Ste. 117, Los Altos, CA 94022. • 650-691-2121 • asmdc.org/members/a24/

San Mateo County government County administrative offices 400 County Center (entrance at corner of 60 • Info Menlo www.AlmanacNews.com

455 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 • 650-363-1859 • planning-commission@smcgov.org Commission members: Steve Dworetzky, Frederick Hansson, Zoe Kersteen-Tucker, Manuel Ramirez, Laurie Simonson Commission secretary: Heather Hardy Planning and Building Department director: Jim Eggemeyer The San Mateo County Planning Commission generally meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 9 a.m. in the Supervisors Chambers, Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

County Parks and Recreation Commission 455 County Center, 4th floor, Redwood City, CA 94063 • 650-363-4020 • parksandrecreation@smcgov.org, www.smcoparks.org Commission members: Michael J. Cooney, Marico C. Enriquez, Neil Merrilees, Meda Okelo, Mel Pincus, Henry Ruehl (youth member) The commission meets the first Thursday of even-numbered months at 4 p.m. (and as necessary) in the Supervisors Chambers, Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

San Mateo County Office of Education 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065. • 650-802-5300 • www.smcoe.org

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Board members: Beverly Gerard, president; Jim Cannon, vice president; Susan Alvaro; Hector Camacho Jr.; Rod Hsiao; Ted Lempert; Joe Ross. County Superintendent: Anne E. Campbell County Office of Education staff: Marcia Serpa-Garcia, Marco Chavez The Board of Education meets on scheduled Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. See website for specific dates.

Other elected county officers Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder: Mark Church. 650-363-4988. www.smcare.org Tax Collector-Treasurer: Sandie Arnott. 650-363-4142 (Tax Collector), 650-3634580, option #2 (Treasurer Division). www. smcgov.org/tax Controller: Juan Raigoza. 650-363-4777. www.smcgov.org/controller Sheriff: Greg Munks. Administration: 650-216-7676; non-emergency dispatch: 650-363-4911. www.smcsheriff.com District Attorney: Stephen Wagstaffe. 650-363-4636. www.smcgov.org/DA Coroner: Robert J. Foucrault. 650-3125562. www.smcgov.org/coroner

Other county officers & services County Manager: John L. Maltbie. 650363-4121. County Counsel: John Beiers. 650-3634775.

Board meets second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. in the district office. Board of directors has seven members representing five wards in Santa Clara County and two wards in San Mateo County.

San Mateo County Community College District 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402. • 650-574-6550 • smccd.edu Chancellor: Ron Galatolo. Board of Trustees generally meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the district office board room. Contact board members through the district office.

Sequoia Healthcare District 525 Veterans Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94062. • 650-421-2155 • lmichelson@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com, www.sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com The district’s mission is to improve the health of district residents by enhancing access to care and promoting wellness in Redwood City, Menlo Park, Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley, Belmont, San Carlos and parts of San Mateo and Foster City. The Board meets on the first Wednesday of even-numbered months at 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Room, 525 Veterans Blvd. in Redwood City. 2015-16 budget: $13.4 million Board of Directors

Health System: Louise F. Rogers, chief. 650-573-2532. www.smchealth.org

Art Faro president. Term ends 2018. ajtr3@ comcast.net

Housing Department: Bill Lowell, director. 650-802-5024.

Katie Kane vice president. Term ends 2016. kkane@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com

Human Resources Department: Donna Vaillancourt, director. 650-363-4343.

Kim Griffin secretary/treasurer. Term ends 2016. pedihearts@sbcglobal.net

Human Services Agency: Iliana Rodriguez, director. 650-802-7500.

Jack Hickey director. Term ends 2018. jhickey@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com

Planning and Building Department: Jim Eggemeyer, director. Planning: 650-363416; building: 650-599-7311.

Jerry Shefren director. Term ends 2018. gshefren@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com

Probation Department: John T. Keene Jr., chief probation officer. 650-312-8816. Public Works Department: James C. Porter, director. 650-363-4100. San Mateo Medical Center: Dr. Susan Ehrlich, chief executive officer. 650-5732222. www.sanmateomedicalcenter.org Superior Court: Rodina Catalano, court executive officer/jury commissioner. 650-2615016. www.sanmateocourt.org

Water district West Bay Sanitary District 500 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025. • 650-321-0384 • info@westbaysanitary.org, www. westbaysanitary.org Meets second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at district offices, 500 Laurel St., Menlo Park. District staff: Phil Scott, district manager. Board of Directors

Special districts Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District District address: 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos, CA 94022 • 650-691-1200 • www.openspace.org General Manager: Stephen Abbors. 2015-16 total budget: $55.7 million.

Edward P. Moritz president. Term ends 2017. Fran Dehn secretary. Term ends 2015. Ronald Shepherd treasurer. Term ends 2015. Roy Thiele-Sardiña director. Term ends 2017. David Walker director. Term ends 2015.


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