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WHERE TO HIKE, BIKE, SAIL AND PL AY of Woodside, Kings Mountain Road provides a good route to reach Skyline. • grade/kingsmountain.html Old La Honda Road This narrow, winding road is the easiest and most peaceful way to climb to Skyline or ride to the coast. Access is from Portola Road, less than a mile after it merges with Sand Hill Road. • 650-328-7411, Palo Alto Bicycles

Arastradero Lake 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. • 650-329-2423 • •


Dumbarton Fishing Pier 2 Marshland Road, Fremont. • 510-792-0222 •

Caribbean Dance with Live Drumming Cubberley Dance Studio, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. • 415-282-9620 • • Congolese Dance with Regine Cubberley Dance Studio, 4000 Middlefield Road, G-6, Palo Alto. • Robin Argwal at 650-279-1070 • • Veronica Weber

Basketball Adult leagues Palo Alto • 650-329-2464 • Bay Area Adult 3on3 Basketball 4120 Middlefield Road, Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto. • •

Biking See also Mountain biking. Bicycling is allowed in 16 of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s 26 preserves, but only on clearly designated paths. Helmets are required at all times. A speed limit of 15 mph (5 mph when passing) is enforced. 32 • Info Palo Alto

• 650-691-2150 (trail conditions hotline) • ideas_for_bikers.asp 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: Canada Road This mostly flat road (pronounced “Kan-ya-da”) parallels I-280 for 7.3 miles from Woodside Road to Hwy. 92, past such scenic attractions as the Filoli Estate and the Pulgas Water Temple. • 650-361-1785, San Mateo County Bicycle Sunday Info Line • road.htm Kings Mountain Road Beginning out

Licenses Fishing licenses are required in California for all fishing endeavors. You can get a license at sporting goods stores or online. Annual California resident’s fees vary. Other short-term licenses are available. • 916-445-0411 • •

Page Mill Road - Kings Mountain By far the most strenuous climb around, Page Mill Road twists and turns 7 miles from the valley floor to Skyline Boulevard, where it tops out around 2,000 feet. • PageMill_KingsMountain.html Woodside-Portola Valley Loop This local favorite is a 26-mile loop of flat to mildly hilly terrain. •

Beaudoin’s School of Dance 464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-326-2184 •

Visitors to the Duck Pond at the Baylands Nature Center can get up close and personal, while tossing in bread chunks.


DanceVisions Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Room L-3, Palo Alto. • 650-858-2005 • • or www. L’Ecole de Danse Cubberley Dance Studio, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. • 650-365-4596 • Palo Alto Arts & Sciences Division • 650-463-4900 or drop by any community center for a catalog • Tuxedo Junction 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. • 650-856-6991 or 650-856-9930 • Uforia Studios 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto. • 650-329-8794 • Zohar Dance Company Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Room L-4, Palo Alto. • 650-494-8221 • •

Boronda Lake Foothills Park on Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. • 650-329-2423 • •, search for Boronda Lake

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Golf (private courses) Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club 3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto. • 650-948-1800 • Stanford Golf Course 198 Junipero Serra Blvd., Stanford. • 650-327-6595 for golf course, 650498-4461 for driving range •

Golf (public courses) Palo Alto Golf Course 1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. • 650-856-0881 • Shoreline Golf Links 2940 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mtn. View. • 650-903-GOLF (4653) and 650-9621014 for restaurant •, search Shoreline Golf Links

Hiking/walking Bay Area Orienteering Club • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos. • 650-691-1200 • • Palo Alto Baylands Preserve 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. • 650-329-2506 • Santa Clara County Parks •

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Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter 3921 E. Bayshore Road Ste. 204, Palo Alto. • 650-390-8411 • • Stanford Foothills including “the Dish.” • 650-926-0275 • Windy Hill Open Space Preserve Starts on Portola Road, .8 miles from intersection of Alpine and Portola roads. • 650-691-1200 • •

Horseback riding Fremont Hills Stables 26941 Purissima Road, Los Altos Hills. • 650-948-9980 or 650-619-6900 • Santa Clara County Horsemen’s Association 20350 McKean Road, San Jose. • 408-268-6155 • • Webb Ranch 2720 Alpine Road, Menlo Park. • 650-854-7755 (lesson office), 650854-RIDE • •

Ice skating Winter Lodge 3009 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. • 650-493-4566 •

In-line skating In-line skating • Francisco_-_South_Bay

• 650-691-1200 • • Pearson-Arastradero Preserve 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. • 650-329-2423 • •, www. Russian Ridge and Coal Creek Open Space Preserves Skyline Boulevard, in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Altos Hills. • 650-691-1200 • • Santa Clara County Parks 298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos. • 408-355-2201 • •

Parks Palo Alto parks and plazas Most of Palo Alto’s 28 parks are open from dawn to dusk unless otherwise indicated. No alcohol permitted at individual sites. • 650-496-6962 • Baylands Preserve 2775 Embarcadero Road. • 650-329-2506 for Baylands Nature Center Bol Park 3590 Laguna Ave. Boulware Park 410 Fernando Ave., Palo Alto. Bowden Park 2380 High St., Palo Alto. Bowling Green Park 474 Embarcadero Road. (See Lawn Bowling.) Byxbee Park 2375 Embarcadero Road. Cameron Park 2101 Wellesley St.


Cogswell Plaza 264 Lytton Ave.

Palo Alto Judo Club 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto. • •

Don Jesus Ramos Park 800 E. Meadow Drive.

Lawn bowling

El Camino Park 100 El Camino Real.

Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club Bowling Green Park, 474 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. • club house at 650 323-2575 or Ginger Harris, president, at 650-464-3724 • •

El Palo Alto Park 117 Palo Alto Ave.

Mountain biking

Don Secundino Robles Park 4116 Park Blvd.

Eleanor Pardee Park 851 Center Drive. Foothills Park 3300 Page Mill Road. • 650-329-2423 Greer Park 1098 Amarillo Ave. Henry W. Seale Park 3100 Stockton Place.

Alpine Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Altos Hills. • aspx?trailid=BGS100-025

Heritage Park 300 Homer Ave. • 650-463-4900 for picnic reservation

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District 330 Distel Circle, Los Alto. • 650-691-1200 • • ideas_for_bikers.asp

Hopkins Creekside Park Palo Alto Avenue, from Emerson to Marlowe streets.

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains, above Los Altos Hills. 34 • Info Palo Alto

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Hoover Park 2901 Cowper St.

Johnson Park Everett Avenue between Kipling and Waverley streets. Juana Briones Park 609 Maybell Ave. Kellogg Park Waverley Street at Embarcadero Road.

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6 Fairmeadow 7 Hoover 8 Juana Briones 9 Lucille M. Nixon 10 Ohlone 11 Palo Verde 12 Walter Hays Middle schools: 13 David Starr Jordan Middle School 14 Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School 15 Terman Middle School High schools: 16 Henry M. Gunn High School 17 Palo Alto High School

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Lytton Plaza 202 University Ave. Mayfield Park 2300 Wellesley St. Mitchell Park 600 East Meadow Drive. • picnic reservations: 650-463-4900 Monroe Park 4305 Miller Ave. Peers Park 1899 Park Blvd.

Department are co-sponsors of the Annual Moonlight Run & Walk. The 28th annual event will take place Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. • 650-326-8210 or 650-463-4920 • •

Rinconada Park 777 Embarcadero Road.

Palo Alto Run Club •

Sarah Wallis Park 202 Ash St.

Sailing and sailboarding

Scott Street Mini Park 911 Scott St.

Baylands Sailing Dock East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. • 650-329-2506 •

Shoreline at Mountain View Park 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mtn. View. • 650-903-6392; boat rental 650-9657474; Rengstorff House reservations 650-903-6088; golf course, 650-9034653 Stanford Palo Alto Community Playing Fields 2700 El Camino Real.

Shoreline Aquatic Center at Shoreline Lake 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mtn. View. • 650-965-7474 • •

Terman Park 655 Arastradero Road.


Weisshaar Park 2298 Dartmouth St.

Greer Park Skateboard Bowl 1098 Amarillo Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-329-2192

Werry Park 2100 Dartmouth St. • 650-496-6962




Palo Alto Adult Soccer League • Women’s division: wdivision@paasl. org; Men’s division: adivision@paasl. org,; Evening division: •

City-sponsored runs Palo Alto. The Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Recreation

Silicon Valley Soccer Association P.O. Box 5693, Redwood City.

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Softball Adult leagues Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto offers men’s and co-ed softball leagues. • 650-329-2464 • • Northern California Softball Association •

Square dancing Bows and Beaus P.O. Box 1107, Mtn. View. • 408-867-7715 • • El Camino Reelers Palo Alto. • • Stanford Quads 500 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. • 650-948-4935 • •

Star-gazing Foothill College Observatory 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. • 650-949-7334 •

FoothillObservatory.aspx Peninsula Astronomical Society Mountain View • William Phelps at 650-493-4742 • •

Swimming Betty Wright Aquatics Center 3864 Middlefield Road, Bldg. #C, Palo Alto. • 650-494-1480 • • Burgess Memorial Pool 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. • 650-328-7946 for hours and rates • Mitchell Park 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. • 650-496-6962 for park administration • Rinconada Pool 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. • 650-463-4914 •, search “aquatics”

Private swim & tennis clubs Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club 3351 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-493-8540 (clubhouse); 650-4933244 (tennis office) •

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Greenmeadow Community Center 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto. • 650-494-3157 • •


Stanford Campus Recreation Assn. (SCRA) 875 Bowdoin St., Stanford. • 650-736-7272 • •

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The University Club of Palo Alto 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-493-3972 • •

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Taijiquan Tutelage Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Room M4, Palo Alto. • 650-327-9350 •

Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive; Cubberley, 4000 Middlefield Road; Hoover Park, 2901 Cowper St.; Palo Alto High School, 25 Churchill Ave.; Peers Park, 1899 Park Blvd.; Terman Park, 655 Arastradero Road; Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road; Stanford Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Drive; Weisshaar Park, 2298 Dartmouth. • Shia Geminder at 650-329-2639 • Palo Alto Tennis Club P.O. Box 60434, Palo Alto. • 650-328-1911 • •

Volleyball Northern California Volleyball Association 72 Dorman Ave., San Francisco. • 415-550-7582 • •

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CHILD CARE, CL ASSES, FUN THINGS FOR KIDS TO DO Country Day Little School 3990 Ventura Court, Palo Alto. • 650-494-8044 • • Covenant Children’s Center 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. • 650-493-9505 • cccoffice@covenantchildrencenter. com • Crescent Park Child Development Center (Peekaboo) 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. • 650-322-9668 • • Discovery Children’s House 437 Webster St., Palo Alto. • 650-329-8023 • Veronica Weber

Sebastian and Samay Jauregur adjust the steering wheel in their car, made out of a cardboard box, during the “Box Car Drive-In” event at the Children’s Library in February.

Child care centers & preschools Addison Kids’ Club (AKC) 650 Addison Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-323-4007 • • Barron Park Children’s Center (BPCC) 800 Barron Ave. (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. • 650-856-7559 • • Barron Park Kids’ Club (BPKC) 800 Barron Ave. (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. • 650-856-1220 • • Barron Park Preschool 3650 La Donna St., Palo Alto. • 650-493-7597 • •

321-2773 Menlo Park campus • • CCLC at Nixon Elementary School 1711 Stanford Ave., Stanford. • 650-493-6006 • CCLC at Stanford West 625 Clark Way, Palo Alto. • 650-723-8700 • • CCLC in Downtown Palo Alto 848 Ramona St., Palo Alto. • 866-933-2252 • Children’s Center of the Stanford Community 685 Pampas Lane, Stanford. • 650-853-3090 • •

Besse Bolton Kid’s Club (BBKC) 500 E. Meadow Drive (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. • 650-856-0847 • •

Children’s House of Los Altos Gardner Bullis 25890 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills. • 650-941-1277 • •

Bing Nursery School 850 Escondido Road, Stanford. • 650-723-4865 • •

Children’s Pre-School Center 4000 Middlefield Road, Bldg. T-1, Palo Alto. • 650-493-5770 •

Casa dei Bambini Montessori School 457 & 463 College Ave., Palo Alto. Main and Admissions Office: 1215 O’Brien Drive, Menlo Park. • 650-473-9401 Palo Alto campus, 650-

College Terrace Children’s Center (CTC) 2300 Wellesley Ave., Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-858-1580 • •

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Downtown Children’s Center (DCC) 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-321-9578 • • Duveneck Kids’ Club (DKC) 705 Alester Ave. (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-328-8356 • • El Carmelo Kids’ Club (ECKC) 3024 Bryant St. (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-856-6150 • • Ellen Thacher Children’s Center (ETCC) 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-494-1467 • • Escondido Kids’ Club (EKC) 890 Escondido Road (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-855-9828 • • First Congregational Church Nursery School 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. • 650-493-1915 • • First School 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-321-3871 • • Good Neighbor Montessori 4000 Middlefield Road, K-4, Palo Alto. • 650-493-2777 • • Grace Lutheran Preschool 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto. • 650-493-8942 • • Growing Tree Montessori Preschool

450 W. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. • 650-857-0655 • • HeadsUp! Child Development Center 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. • 650-424-1221 • • Heffalump Co-operative Preschool 3990 Ventura Court, Palo Alto. • 650-856-4321 • • Hoover Kids’ Club (HKC) 445 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-565-8847 • • Infant-Toddler Center (ITC) 4111 Alma St., Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-493-2240 • • International School of the Peninsula 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto. • 650-251-8500 • • Juana Briones Kids’ Club (JBKC) 4100 Orme St. (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-856-3874 • • Leaping Lizards Nature Awareness Preschool 397 Fernando Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-858-0355 • magdalena@leapinglizardspreschool. com • The Learning Center 459 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-325-6683 • • Love ‘n’ Care Christian Pre-School 2490 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. • 650-322-1872 • • nxg Milestones Preschool, Abilities United (formerly C.A.R.) 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. • 650-618-3325 • • Mini Infant Center (MINI) 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-424-9130 • • Montessori School of Los Altos 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto. • 650-493-7200 • •


Neighborhood Infant-Toddler Center (NITC) 311 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-321-3493 • • Ohlone Kids’ Club (OKC) 950 Amarillo Ave. (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-493-0774 • • Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) 3990 Ventura Court, Palo Alto. • 650-493-2361 • Palo Alto Friends Nursery School 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. • 650-856-6152 • • Palo Alto Montessori School 575 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. • 650-493-5930 • • Palo Alto Preschool 4232 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. • 650-739-0137 • Palo Verde Kids’ Club (PVKC) 3450 Louis Road (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. PACCC

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program. • 650-852-9475 • Parents Nursery School 2328 Louis Road, Palo Alto. • 650-856-1440 • • Pepper Tree After School Program 865 Escondido Road, Stanford. • 650-723-3646 • • PreSchool Family 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. • 650-856-0833 • • Rainbow School at Escondido Village 140 Comstock Circle, Stanford. • 650-723-0217 • • Sojourner Truth Child Development Center (STCDC) 3990 Ventura Court, Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-493-5990 • and stcdc-ps@ •

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Stanford Arboretum Children’s Center 183 Stock Farm Road, Stanford. • 650-725-6322 • •

Young Life Christian Pre-School 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. • 650-494-7885 • •

Sunshine Preschool Montessori 3711 Ross Road, Palo Alto. • 650-493-0665 •, •

Child care/referrals

T’enna Preschool (Oshman Family JCC Palo Alto) 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. • 650-223-8788 • Walter Hays Kids’ Club (WHKC) 1525 Middlefield Road (PAUSD site), Palo Alto. PACCC program. • 650-325-5350 • • The Whistle Stop 3801 Miranda Ave. No. T6B, Palo Alto. • 650-852-3497 • • The Wonder Years Preschool 991 Commercial St., Palo Alto. • 650-494-6800 • •

AuPairCare • 800-4AUPAIR • Bay Area 2nd Mom Inc. 860 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. • 650-858-2469 •, fair_business_ • Children’s Health Council 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto. • 650-326-5530 • • 4Cs (Community Child Care Council) of Santa Clara County 2515 N. First St., San Jose. • 408-487-0747 • Day care homes 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. • 650-463-4952 • Family Resources Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield

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Stanford University WorkLife Office 3160 Porter Drive Ste. 250, Stanford. • 650-723-2660 • •

PACE APP (Professional Association for Childhood Education Alternative Payment Program) 350 Sansome St., Ste. 1000, San Francisco. • 800-924-2460; 415-749-6851 • •

Town + Country Resources 425 Sherman Ave., Ste. 130, Palo Alto. • 650-326-8570 • •

Packard Children’s Hospital Referral Center 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto. • 650-275-5724 • •, search “referral center” Stanford Park Nannies 1050 Chestnut St., Ste. 202 D, Menlo Park. • 650-462-4580 •, www.facebook. com/StanfordParkNannies?ref=ts

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California Youth Symphony 441 California Ave. #5, Palo Alto. Founded in 1952, the Palo Alto-based youth orchestra performs at Spangenberg Theatre in Palo Alto, Foothill College, Flint Center and San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Many local participants are among 500 students enrolled in nine ensembles. Directed by composerconductor Leo Eylar. Open to kids ages 8-18. Auditions in April. Director: Jim Hogan. • 650-325-6666 • • Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley 953 Industrial Ave., Ste. 122, Palo Alto. Established in 1994, Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley operates six choirs serving children ages 4-18. Activities include weekly rehearsals, quarterly training workshops and weekend retreats, including: vocal training, diction and language coaching, movement and dance, training in theory, music-reading skills, interpretation and history. Auditions and demonstration classes in August, January and May. Director: Elena Sharkova. • 650-424-1410 • • Classical Music Institoot 815 La Para Ave., Palo Alto. Hands-on, guided play exploration programs using classical music and child-friendly instruments and props. Infants-5 1/2 yrs. Music fundamentals, appreciation, singing and composer study. • 650-269-4782 • • Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center 230 San Antonio Circle, Mtn. View. Year-round programs for all ages and levels, including: lessons, classes,

camps in music, art, new media; in-school programs; concerts, lectures, exhibits and outreach events. Preschool classes for ages 18 months and older. Multilingual faculty of more than 100 professional musicians, artists and educators. Financial aid offered. Executive Director Moy Eng. • 650-917-6800 • • El Camino Youth Symphony Association 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The award-winning ECYS sponsors eight ongoing ensembles that rehearse weekly and perform regularly. They include the Senior Symphony, the Sinfonietta Orchestra, four preparatory orchestras, a flute ensemble and a wind orchestra. Musicians 6-18 yrs may request an audition. Director: Camilla Kolchinsky. • 650-213-7111 • • Music for Children 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Interactive music and dance classes for children 10 months to 7 years old. Offers summer classes as well as year-long programs September-May. Meets at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. • 888-413-6683 • • Pacific Art League 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Founded in 1921, the Pacific Art League offers art classes for children, teens and adults and enrolls more than 1,600 students a year. Galleries with monthly exhibitions of professional and students’ work. Studio rentals and open studio time available. Summer arts camp offers artistic programs from arts to cartooning. Director: Richard Ambrose. • 650-321-3891 • •


Palo Alto Art Center 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The Art Center’s Art Truck provides ongoing arts experiences for community members at locations listed on Facebook and Twitter. • 650-329-2366 • •, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra 4000 Middlefield Road, #M1, Palo Alto. Award-winning youth orchestra has been performing locally for more than 35 years. One of the few youth groups in the nation devoted exclusively to chamber music. The season runs from September-June and features worldrenowned soloists and string orchestra masterpieces performed at the highest level. Manager: Hans Hoffer. • 650-856-3848 • • Palo Alto Children’s Theatre 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The oldest theater by and for children in the United States offers classes, performances, backstage and onstage opportunities for participants ages 4-24. High school and college summer stock program, ages 1624. Extensive workshops and school-year season performances. Tickets are $10-12. Director: Judge Lucky. • Main Office: 650-463-4930. Box Office: 650-463-4970, Tue-Sat 2-6 p.m. • • Ragazzi Boys Chorus 20 N. San Mateo Drive, Ste. 9, San Mateo. One of the largest boys’ choruses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ragazzi is a regional center for music education for boys and young men ages 7-18. Holds auditions in January, May and September and provides musical training to boys who love to sing. Concerts are mostly on the Peninsula. • 650-342-8785 • • Raices de Mexico P.O. Box 50101, Palo Alto. Offers classes in Mexican folklore dance to children and teens at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, studios L4 and L6. Alllevels. Weekly classes run August-December and January-May. Fri 6:30-8:30 p.m. Director: Maria Elena Varela. • 650-322-1501 • • Silicon Valley Boychoir 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. For boys ages 6 and up in downtown Palo Alto who like to sing. Auditions in June, January and August. • 650-424-1242 •

Classes/places to go Computer History Museum 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mtn. View. See entry in Arts (Museums) section. • 650-810-1010 • Dance classes 1305 Middlefield Road,

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Palo Alto. Palo Alto Arts and Sciences Division offers dance classes each quarter for children ages 2-18 in ballet, hip hop, modern dance and capoeira. • 650-463-4900 • • DanceVisions Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Bldg. L-3, Palo Alto. A nonprofit community dance project offering ongoing classes for all ages, including creative dance, ballet and modern dance for children. Board of Directors President: Laura Zweig. • 650-858-2005 • • Enjoy! City of Palo Alto program offers quarterly classes and activities plus summer camps and aquatics. Drawing, photography, fishing, hiking, swimming, softball, basketball, ballroom dancing and more. Enrollment for middle school athletics for Jordan, JLS and Terman students. Pick up an Enjoy catalog at Palo Alto recreation centers and libraries. • 650-463-4900 • • Foothill College Observatory 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. View stars, planets and galaxies through a 16-inch reflecting telescope. Open on clear nights. Closed when cloudy. Free to all ages. $2 parking. Director: Andrew Fraknoi. • 650-949-7334 • Hidden Villa 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills . Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farming, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Programs include summer camp, environmental education, public programs, community supported agriculture, hostel and facility rentals, volunteers and more. Director: Nikki Bryant. • 650-949-8650; 650-949-9704 for reservations • • Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Center 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto . Duck pond on site. Wooden walkway runs over adjacent marsh to the edge of the Bay. Displays and laboratory at the nature center. Nature center hours: Thu-Fri 2-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m. Occasional workshops, slide shows and nature hikes; facility space available by appointment. • 650-329-2506 Mitchell Park Youth and Teen Center: The Drop 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The “Drop” is a free after-school drop-in center, offering computer/ homework lab, homework assistance, break dancing, game tournaments, pool table, ping-pong, big-screen TV, cooking and more. Open Mon-Fri 3-5:30 p.m., Wed 2-5:30 p.m. During reconstruction of Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, the Teen Center will be located at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road. Recreation Coordinator of Teen Services: Jessica Lewis.

• 650-329-2390 • •, search “The Drop” Museum of American Heritage 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Permanent and rotating collections of antiques and selected items from private collections, celebrating the effects of innovation. Classes, lectures and events. Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Director: Gwenyth Claughton. • 650-321-1004 • • Pacific Art League 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Art classes for children, teens and adults. Galleries. Eight week-long summer camps from June-August for kids and teens, plus spring and summer art classes. Director: Richard Ambrose. • 650-321-3891 • • Palo Alto Art Center 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto . Offers year-round art classes and workshops for children ages preschool and up. Project LOOK! offers a docent-led tour of current exhibitions with a hands-on activity that follows in the Project LOOK! studio. Follow the “On the Road” program and explore where art can take you. Temporary address during renovation: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Director: Karen Kienzle. • 650-329-2366 • • Palo Alto Family YMCA Ventura Activity Center 3900 Ventura Court, Palo Alto. The center for local teens provides tutoring, homework assistance, and supervised sports and recreation. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Family YMCA, and the City of Palo Alto’s Recreation and Positive Alternatives for Youth departments. Director: Scott Glissmeyer. • 650-842-2753 • • Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto . Fun and learning go together for children and their families in the hands-on, interactive exhibits and mini-zoo. The zoo houses bobcats, a red-tailed hawk and bats. The museum offers science classes, summer camps and an outreach program to local schools. Free admission, donations are welcome. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m. • 650-329-2111 • Parents Place 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. Services include parent-child classes, parenting workshops, parentsupport groups, as well as Community Education Center, a mobile program that brings support groups and workshops to work sites, places of workshop and community organzations. Director: Karen Friedland-Brown. • 650-688-3040 • •

Sports American Legion Baseball -- Palo Alto 4319 Rocky Point Road, Anaheim. For ages 16-19. Two teams -- 17 and under as well as 19 and under. Season runs from Memorial Day to early August. Postings at area high schools. Director: Tony Brewer. • Atherton Lacrosse Summer camps, classes and clinics throughout the year. Beginners to Intermediate levels. Open toboys and girls of all ages. Locations in Atherton, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Altos Hills and other Bay Area cities. • 888-526-3330 • • AYSO - Palo Alto - Region 26 Palo Alto. Serves, Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Stanford University and East Palo Alto. 850 volunteers produce soccer programs each year for more than 2,000 children ages 3-18. Open enrollment for instructional programs in the fall and spring, camps during school breaks, soccerfest pick-up games in the summer and tournament teams in the spring. • • Palo Alto Babe Ruth League P.O. Box 1363, Palo Alto. For ages 13-15. Spring season from March through early July. For baseball players in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and Redwood City. Signups and tryouts for spring play in early February. Majority of games played at Baylands Athletic Center, Gunn High School and Palo Alto High School. Director: Marty Catteneo. • Blue Angels Youth Ski & Snowboard Program 1630 N. Main St., #128, Walnut Creek. Offered each winter through the City of Menlo Park, City of Palo Alto and the Town of Los Altos Hills, the Blue Angels operates a five-Saturday ski and snowboard program that includes transportation, lift tickets, all-day professional coaching, lunch, adult supervision and a ProTec Helmet. Bus departs from the Lucie Stern Community Center. • Menlo Park Community Services Department at 650-330-2200; or City of Palo Alto Recreation at 650-463-4929; or Los Altos Hills at 650-941-7222 • • Palo Alto Girls Softball P.O. Box 60027, Palo Alto. Softball league for girls ages 5-14. Recreation season runs from midMarch through May. Summer and Fall travel teams are also organized. Fliers are sent to district schools, and previous players should receive information via email. Residents of the greater Palo Alto area, including East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Los Altos and Stanford, are welcome. Check website for online registration information. President Mike Cobb. • 650-209-0454 • • Palo Alto Knights Youth Football For ages 7 through 8th grade grouped in Info Palo Alto • 45





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levels based on age and weight. Season runs August-November. Sign-ups begin in January. Cost: $325 ($275 early bird). Volunteers are needed for coach and board of directors. Director: Robert Castaneda. • 650-743-3211 • • Palo Alto Little League P.O. Box 785, Palo Alto. For ages 5-16, from T-ball up to the majors. Junior League (ages 13-14) and Senior League (ages 15-16). Also Challenger League for children of all ages with disabilities. Season runs from March to June. Sign-ups are online at, by mail or by walk-in at Little League Ball Park, 3672 Middlefield Road in early January. President: Mark Burton. • 650-494-1933 • • Palo Alto Soccer Club P.O. Box 50831, Palo Alto. 40 teams for boys and girls ages 8-18. Affiliated with the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA), U.S. Club Soccer and NorCal. Training by professional coaches. Scholarships available. Managing Coordinator: Dawn Hill. • 650-361-0561 • • Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics -- Palo Alto Swim Club 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Part of six different groups, the local club holds practices at Rinconada

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Pool and trains year-round. Practice groups determined by age and ability, from 8 yrs to college age. Fees range from $75-$200. President: Brad Howe. • 650-328-6536 • • PSV Union Football Club (Soccer) 555 Bryant St., #437, Palo Alto. This Palo Altobased youth soccer club is dedicated to developing elite, college-track youth players. Girls teams for ages 8-17, boys teams ages 8-16. Also Academy League for children 4-7 years. Director: Gary Ireland. • 650-387-4128 • •

• 888-599-5096 • • Winter Lodge 3009 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto . The only permanent outdoor skating rink west of the Sierra is open late September to April. Public skating, group lessons in basic skills offered MonSat for children ages 4 and up. • 650-493-4566 • • YMCA Youth Sports Programs 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto. Sports programs for pre-school children and K-8 with an emphasis on positive coaching and success for each player. Programs are appropriate for novices and experienced players. Sports are coed and include Winter Basketball League, Little Sports (pre-school), Basketball Clinics and Martial Arts. Director: Scott Glissmeyer. • 650-856-9622 • •

Stanford Soccer Club P.O. Box 1414 , Palo Alto. Competitive youth soccer for ages 9-19. Emphasis on skills development. Many teams play spring soccer in addition to regular fall season. CYSA affiliated. Director: Juan Mayora. • 650-799-2439 • •

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Tomahawks Youth Lacrosse Club P.O. Box 60613, Palo Alto. Boys and Girls teams at U9, U11, U13 and U15 age groups for Spring Season (February-May). Year-round programs for Youth and High School Boys and Girls, including Summer Camp, Fall Ball, Intro Clinics and Team NorCal travel teams. Home field is Palo Alto High School. President: Bill Glazier.

4-H Youth Development Program of Santa Clara County 1553 Berger Drive, Bldg. 1, San Jose. Serves boys and girls in grades K-12; outdoor education in agriculture, animal science, home economics and the environment. Leadership development, public speaking, civic responsibility are emphasized. Summer camp for kids ages 10 and up. 4-H

Youth Development Advisor: Fe Moncloa. • 408-282-3119 • • Boy Scouts of America -- Pacific Skyline Council 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Cub Scouts, ages 7-10; Boy Scouts, ages 11-17. Sea Scouting, Exploring and Venturing. Executive Director: Kent Downing. • 650-327-5900 • • Girl Scouts of Northern California 1310 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose. Girls 5-17 yrs. Traditional troops, virtual troops, math and science technology programs, as well as summer camp programs. Adult volunteers also sought. Look for postings at schools about Girl Scout registration. Community Development Director: Niesha Jones. • 408-287-4170 • Youth Community Service (YCS) 4120 Middlefield Road, P8, Palo Alto. YCS engages youth in community service activities to promote increased awareness of community needs. Students can join YSC club at schools or attend Summer of Service Camp. Director: Leif Erickson. • 650-858-8021 • •

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Palo Alto Unified School District

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Gayl Giannik, a teacher with the Morrissey-Compton program, explains to incoming first-grader Daniel Houston how to add and subtract numbers using the Touch Math method in July. Palo Alto’s K-12 public schools are consistently ranked among California’s and the nation’s best. Both Gunn and Palo Alto high schools placed among the top six high schools in the state in class of 2009 SAT test results. In metrics from Advanced Placement exams to California STAR tests, both Gunn and Paly place at the very top among California’s 1,000 high schools. Gunn ranked 67th and Paly 83rd on U.S. News and World Report’s “Gold Medal List” of America’s top 100 high schools. The district’s 17 campuses are in the midst of substantial renovations and expansions with funds from a $378 million facilities bond, passed by voters in June 2008. They include increased capacity to accommodate enrollment growth, projected to exceed 2,000 at both high schools. Elementary school classrooms are getting new, computer-enabled Smartboards and lighting, with major new twostory classroom buildings at Ohlone, Fairmeadow and Duveneck. Middle schools will also be renovated, with new classroom buildings, better gyms, fields and general facilities planned. Substantial expansion is under way at the high schools, including a new Career Technical Education building, two-story classroom buildings, gym at Gunn and a new twostory classroom building, Media Arts building and athletic fields at Paly. A new 600-seat theater for Paly also is planned. All schools are scheduled to receive 48 • Info Palo Alto

technology upgrades three times in the next 12 years.

Elementary schools Addison 650 Addison Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Jocelyn Garcia-Thome. Built in 1925; multipurpose room, library and additional classrooms added in the 1950s and ‘60s; classrooms added and school renovated in 2002. Enrollment: 472. Grades K-5. • 650-322-5935 • Barron Park 800 Barron Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Magdalena Fittoria. Built in 1947; additions made in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s; renovated in 2001. Enrollment: 336. Grades K-5. • 650-858-0508 •

25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto. Superintendent: Kevin Skelly. The Palo Alto Unified School District operates 12 public elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. Other schools and programs include a pre-school, Young Fives program, a self-supporting Adult School, the Hospital School at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Summer School. • 650-329-3700 •

generally meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays during the school year. The board sets direction for the district, approves the annual budget, hires the superintendent and makes other policy decisions. Elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in evennumbered years. Four-year terms are staggered so that only two or three seats are open at a time. • 650-329-3737 •

The district’s strategic plan emphasizes challenging and supporting all students, staff development, meeting infrastructure needs and transparent governance.

Camille Townsend, president Email: Term expires: Nov. 30, 2012

Class size: Gradees K-3: 22; Grades 4-5: 24

Dana Tom, vice president Email: Term expires: Nov. 30, 2014

Enrollment: 2011-12: 12,286 students

Melissa Baten Caswell Email: Term expires: Nov. 30, 2012

Ethnic/racial percentages (2011-12): Caucasian 49.1; Asian 36.6; Hispanic or Latino 10.4; African-American 3.2; Other 0.7.

Barbara Klausner Email: Term expires: Nov. 30, 2012

Board of Education: The Palo Alto Unified School District is governed by a five-member school board that

Barb Mitchell Email: Term expires: Nov. 30, 2014

School holidays School year runs Aug. 16, 2012-May 30, 2013. School starts: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 16, 2012 Labor Day: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 3, 2012 Local Holiday: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 26, 2012 Elementary staff development day: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 19, 2012 Veterans’ Day: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 12, 2012 Thanksgiving break: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov. 21-23, 2012 Winter break: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 24, 2012-Jan. 4, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 21, 2013 District-wide staff development day: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb. 15, 2013 Washington’s Birthday: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb. 18, 2013 Secondary staff development day: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 15, 2013 Spring break: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 1-5, 2013 Memorial Day: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 27, 2013 Last day of school: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 30, 2013

Duveneck 705 Alester Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Chris Grierson. Built in 1950; new classroom wing added and buildings renovated in 2002; another major addition in planning stages. Enrollment: 501. Grades K-5. • 650-322-5946 •

Escondido 890 Escondido Road, Stanford. Principal: Danae Reynolds. Built in 1960s; classrooms added and buildings renovated in 2001. Enrollment: 574. Grades K-5. Home to the district’s Spanish Immersion program, admission to which is by lottery, with preference given to siblings. • 650-856-1337 •

El Carmelo 3024 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Principal: Chuck Merritt. Built in 1955; construction completed in 1960s; new classroom wing added and buildings renovated in 2001. Enrollment: 414. Grades K-5. • 650-856-0960 •

Fairmeadow 500 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Principal: Gary Prehn. Built in 1954; library added, buildings renovated in 2003. New, two-story classroom building groundbreaking likely in 2012. Enrollment: 504. Grades K-5. • 650-856-0845 •

Hoover 445 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Katy Bimpson. Built in early 1950s; renovated in 2004. Enrollment: 416. Grades K-5. Traditional “direct instruction” teaching style. Admission by lottery. • 650-320-8106 • Juana Briones 4100 Orme St., Palo Alto. Principal: Lisa Hickey. Built in 1952; library built and buildings renovated in 2003. Enrollment: 415. Grades K-5. School also houses Juana Briones Therapy, a countyrun orthopedic unit serving children in northern Santa Clara County. • 650-856-0877. Orthopedic Unit: 650845-3000 •

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Lucille M. Nixon 1711 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Mary Pat O’Connell. Built in 1970; renovated in 2004. Enrollment: 481. Grades K-5. • 650-856-1622 •



Ohlone 950 Amarillo Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: William Overton. Built in 1949; additional classrooms added in 1960s; classrooms added and buildings renovated in 2003. Occupancy expected in January 2012 for new two-story classroom building. Enrollment: 583. Grades K-5. Progressive “whole-childâ€? teaching approach. Admission by lottery. Home of the district’s Mandarin Immersion Program. • 650-856-1726 • Palo Verde 3450 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Anne Brown. Built in 1953; multipurpose room finished in 1954; new library built, buildings renovated in 2004. Enrollment: 417. Grades K-5. • 650-856-1672 •


Walter Hays 1525 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Mary Bussmann. Built in 1923; additional construction in 1960s and ‘70s; classrooms added and buildings renovated in 2001. Enrollment: 536. Grades K-5. • 650-322-5956 •

Middle schools David Starr Jordan Middle School 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Gregory Barnes. Built in 1937; additions made in early 1960s; cafeteria rebuilt after a serious fire in 1973; $17.9 million upgrade under construction, including new six-classroom building and major addition to cafetorium. Class Size: English Language Arts 25; Math 24. Enrollment: 1,015. Grades 6-8. • 650-494-8120 • Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School 480 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Principal: Sharon Ofek. Built in 1953; gym and additional classrooms added in 1950s and 1960s. Class Size: English 23.7, Math 24.8. Enrollment: 1,001. Grades 6-8. Recent groundbreaking for $10.5 million in infrastructure upgrades, including a new, two-story classroom wing, science labs and expanded music room. • 650-856-5188 • Terman Middle School 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Katherine Baker. Built around 1950; remodeled 2001. Class Size: English 25.0, Math 25. Enrollment: 663. Grades 6-8. • 650-856-9810 •

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High schools Henry M. Gunn High School 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Katya Villalobos. Built in 1964; new pool and athletic fields in 2008-09; new Career Technical Education building in 2009; groundbreaking fall 2011 on new gym, two-story classroom building and new World Languages building. Class Size: Average 9th grade English and math class size: 22. Other subjects average class size: 28-30. Enrollment: 1,864. • 650-354-8200 • Middle College Program 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Enrollment: 65. An alternative high school program for juniors and seniors located at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. It combines high school and college classes in a collaborative effort between the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, the Palo Alto Unified School District and Foothill College. Admission: Two letters of recommendation, application and essay. Foothill placement tests if accepted. • 650-949-7168 • • Palo Alto High School 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Phil Winston. Built in 1918; new athletic fields 2008 and 2011. Fall 2011 groundbreaking on new media arts center and two-story

classroom building. Class Size: 9th grade English and math: 22; all other classes: average 28.5. Enrollment: 1,885. • 650-329-3710 •


Special district programs Hospital School 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto. Head teacher: Kevin Danie. Class Size: Varies. Enrollment: about 60. A fully accredited K-12th grade program supported by the Palo Alto Unified School District for hospitalized children, their siblings and those children receiving out-patient treatments through Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital who are unable to return to their home school districts. • 650-497-8230 Special Education 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto. Director of student services: Holly Wade; Coordinators: Tammy Zigler and Damian Huertas. Goals and vision are to provide a first-class educational program for all students. Ongoing commitment is to improve student achievement and to support all areas of student development. • 650-833-4257. For special education preschool services, call 650-833-4260. •

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Springboard to Kindergarten (FebJune): 20; Transitional Kindergarten: 22. Enrollment: 44 Young Fives; 250 for PreSchool Family; 40 for Springboard to Kindergarten. Tuition: PreSchool Family $380-$1,096/semester. • 650-856-0833 •

Home schooling Home School Hotline 180 El Camino Real, Ste. 10, Millbrae. Information, resources and support for homeschooling families. • 650-365-9425 •

Private elementary and middle schools Athena Academy 525 San Antonio, Palo Alto. Head of school: Carla Rayacich. Class Size: 6. Enrollment: 18. Tuition: $29,500 per year. Athena Academy is a nonprofit, private elementary school (grades 2 to 5) devoted to teaching bright students with dyslexia who are otherwise capable learners. Business office: 2409 Park Blvd., Palo Alto, CA 94306. • 650-543-4560 • •

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Castilleja School 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Head of School: Nanci Kauffman. Class Size: 15. Enrollment: 425. Tuition: $35,180. All-girls, grades 6-12. Fosters intellectual, physical, creative and emotional growth through a college preparatory experience within a diverse and supportive community. Uniforms. Admission: Admission open houses for Middle School: Oct. 13 & Nov. 4, 2012. Standardized testing required. Applications due Jan. 17, 2013. • 650-328-3160 • • Challenger School 3880 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Headmaster: Neena Bhave. Class Size: Preschool: 24 (12:1 student to teacher ratio); K: 30 (15:1); 1-8: 26. Enrollment: 600. Tuition: $316-$1,504 per month; tuition depends on program. Preschool-8. Emphasis on early reading, strong logic/thinking skills, self-reliance and individual achievement. Admission: Testing required for elementary, none for preschool. • 650-213-8245 •



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Emerson School 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Jo Anne Camara. Class Size: 20. Enrollment: 50. Tuition: Ages 6-11, $1,565-$1,720 per month; Ages 11-14, $1,730-$1,905 per month. An accelerated K-8 educational environment that promotes the development of the whole child by encouraging independence, selfreliance, exploration and the joy of learning. Personal responsibility, creativity and self-esteem are fundamental goals. Affiliated programs: HeadsUp! Child Development Centers in Palo Alto (650-424-1221), San Jose (408-432-1644) and Pleasanton (925-4632885), for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners; Hacienda SchoolGrades 1-8, Pleasanton, 925-485-5750. Admission: Enroll as space becomes available. Campus tours by appointment. • 650-424-1267 • • German-American International School 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park. Managing Director: Dominic Liechti. Class Size: 18. Enrollment: 305. Tuition: $5,650-$18,575 per year, depending on program and grade level. Various options available. Preschool-8th grade. Classes in this coeducational school are in German and English. Students should speak German by first grade. • 650-324-8617 • •

German International School of Silicon Valley 310 Easy St., Mtn. View. Principal: Martin Fugmann. Class Size: 15-20. Enrollment: 320. Tuition: Grades 1-12, $14,800-$18,200; preschool/ kindergarten, $7,800-$14,800, depending on program. Bilingual (German and English) educational program grades 1-12, accredited by the German government and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Graduating students earn the German International Abitur and obtain all of the required qualifications for the high school diploma. Extras: arts, music and theater, sports, homework tutoring. Admission: Application. • 650-254-0748 • • Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School 450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Julie Smith. Class Size: 24. Enrollment: 380+. Tuition: K-5 $20,580 /year; 6-8 $22,570/year. Financial aid available. Grades K-8. Outstanding academics with a focus on the whole child, welcoming community, enrichment opportunities, after-school programs. • 650-494-8200 • The Girls’ Middle School 3400 West Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Head of School: Deb Hof. Class Size: 16. Enrollment: 153. Tuition: Including fees, $24,797 for returning students

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and around $28,400 for new students; financial aid available. GMS promotes intellectual curiosity and disciplined study habits through a stimulating curriculum that provides a wellrounded exposure to the arts and the humanities while emphasizing science, math and computer science. GMS applies a hands-on, projectbased approach that allows students to collaborate and think critically. Admission: Testing, interviews, recommendations. Application fee of $75. • 650-968-8338, ext. 115 • • The Harker School 500 Saratoga Ave., San Jose. Head of School: Chris Nikoloff. Class Size: K-8: 16. Enrollment: 1,700. Tuition: $25,060-$36,435. Offers a co-ed, independent program for students in K-12. Strong college-prep academics, as well as offerings in technology, the arts and athletics. Three San Jose campuses: Lower school (K-grade 5), 4300 Bucknall Road; Middle school (grades 6-8), 3800 Blackford Ave.; High school (grades 9-12), 500 Saratoga Ave. Admission: Entrance exams, school records and character evaluations. • 408-249-2510 (9-12) • • HeadsUp! Child Development Center 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Director: Tracy Bootz. Class Size: 10-30. Enrollment: 130. Tuition: $1,400$2,265 per month depending on age. Montessori curriculum encourages fundamental thinking skills through art, music, imaginative play, practical life skills, language, mathematics, science and cultural activities. 6 weeks - Kindergarten. Admission: application fee of $200. • 650-424-1221 • • Helios New School 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Principal: Barbara Mitchell Hutton. Built in 2007. Class Size: Teacherstudent ratio 1:7. Enrollment: 30. Tuition: $22,500 per year. Constructivist K-5 secular program for gifted children on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life. Curriculum includes Chinese, music, social-emotional learning, plus access to JCC after-school programming/ recreational facilities. Admission: All applicants are given qualitative assessment prior to admission. • 650-223-8690 • • International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto; Lower Campus: 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Head of School: Philippe Dietz. Class Size: 17-22 (student to teacher ratio 8:1 for 3- and 4- year-olds). Enrollment: 585. Tuition: $22,100 Nursery-5th grade; $23,050 6th-8th grade. Financial aid available. An independent coeducational 3 yrs-8th grade Chineseimmersion and French-immersion

day school with more than 30 years of experience in bilingual immersion education. Accredited by the Ministre de l’Education Nationale, Western Association of Schools and Colleges and California Association of Independent Schools. Students are well prepared for the most competitive American, international and French high schools. Admission: Applications due January; rolling admissions afterwards. • 650-251-8504 • • Keys School 2890 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Head of School: Jon Ninnemann. Class Size: average ratio 8:1; average class size 18. Enrollment: 300. Tuition: $23,550 a year for grades K-4 and $26,275 a year for grades 5-8. Financial aid available. This coed school offers education for grades K-8 -- Lower school, grades K-4 at 2890 Middlefield Road; Middle school campus, grades 5-8, at 3981 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Dress code. Admission: Apply by early January; tour for prospective students OctoberJanuary. Parent interview and student visit required. • 650-328-1711 • • The Living Wisdom School 456 College Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Helen Purcell. Class Size: Teacher-to-student ratio: 1:8. Enrollment: 65. Tuition: K-5: $16,140, 6-8: $17,520, pre-K: $12,140-$16,140; 25% discount for additional children, $1,500 enrollment fee for new families, $1,000 for returning families. The school offers instruction to children in grades pre-K-8, coed. Integrated curriculum that honors values universal to all religions. Admission: Interviews required. • 650-462-8150 • • Menlo School 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Head of School: Norman M. Colb. Class Size: 18. Enrollment: Grades 6-8: 233. Tuition: $36,400 for all grades. Financial aid is available. An independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in grades 6-12. Admission: Applications due in January; standardized testing required. • 650-330-2001 • • Nativity School 1250 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Principal: Carol Trelut. Class Size: 31. Enrollment: 276. Tuition: $6,350-$9,350 depending on family participation. Lower fees for multiple children. Catholic school for grades K-8. Extended care for Nativity students is available from 7-8 a.m. and from school dismissal until 5:45 p.m. for an additional fee. Uniforms. Admission: Placement testing for grade levels; waiting lists for some grades. • 650-325-7304 • • Peninsula School 920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park. Director: Kathleen Dalgleish. Class Size: 18-21. Enrollment:


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255. Tuition: $11,960-$15,635/year. A nonprofit, progressive school situated on six acres that focuses on the whole child by offering a rich and engaging curriculum in academics and the arts. Special instruction in art, science, math, dramatics, ceramics, weaving, music, dance, physical education and wood shop. Nursery-8th grade. Child care offered year-round. Admission: Visit, interview; application due by Jan. 18, 2013. • 650-325-1584 •, marylou@ • Phillips Brooks School 2245 Avy Ave., Menlo Park. Head of School: Dr. Scott Erickson; Director of Early Learning Center: Debra Jarjoura; Director of Admissions: Melanie Shaw. Class Size: Average of 18. Student-teacher ratio 8:1. Enrollment: 276. Tuition: 3-yearolds, $14,600; 4-year-olds, $18,400; K-5, $28,500. Tuition assistance is available for all grade levels. Independent, coeducational day school; grades pre-kindergarten through 5th; blends the academic, physical and social aspects of the program with spiritual awareness and understanding to provide an environment that celebrates individuality, promotes problem-solving through critical thinking and encourages students to fulfill their potential. Admission: Applications due early January; testing in February for upper

grades. Wait pool. Uniforms for K-5. • 650-854-4545 • • Pinewood School 477 Fremont Ave., Los Altos. Principal: K-2: Debbi St. Germain; Principal for 3-6: Keri Borzello. Class Size: 8-10 in kindergarten; 12-20 in grades 1-2; 15-20 in grades 3-6. Enrollment: K-6: approximately 270. Tuition: Grade K-6, $19,500; Annual supplemental fee of $750 (grades K-6) and $900 (grades 7-12) for art supplies, workbooks, textbooks and field trips. Lower Campus teaches grades K-2. Two other Pinewood campuses teach grades 3-6 (327 Fremont Ave. Los Altos) and 7-12 (26800 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills). Uniforms required for K-6. Admission: Applications accepted Oct-mid Jan. Testing, academic records, and teacher recommendations are required. Student interviews and shadow days are required for grades 4-12. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis. • 650-209-3050 for lower campus; 650209-3030 for middle campus • Lower Campus: lcinfo@pinewood. edu, Middle Campus: mcinfo@ • Sacred Heart Schools, Lower & Middle School 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Principal: Bridget Collins. Class Size: 16. Enrollment: 1,075. Tuition: Grades 1-5: $24,650; Grades 6-8: $31,750. Lower School grades 1-5; Middle School grades

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6-8. A private, independent Roman Catholic school, a division of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, and a part of the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools. (See Child care centers and preschools for information on preschool and kindergarten.) Admission: Application deadline January 2013; admissions tests required. Interview. Waiting list. • 650-322-1866 • • St. Elizabeth Seton School 1095 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Evelyn M. Rosa. Class Size: 30. Enrollment: 270. Tuition: $3,300 per student, price lowers with each additional student. Tuition is subsidized by the Daughters of Charity. Catholic, coed. Grades K-8. Uniforms. Extended day program available. Strong parent involvement. Admission: Application, admissions test. • 650-326-9004 • St. Joseph Catholic School 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mtn. View. Principal: Stephanie Knight. Class Size: 28. Enrollment: 210. Tuition: $6,920 per child. Roman Catholic school of the San Jose Diocese, serving 200 families with students in K-8th grade. The school is committed to educating the whole child in an environment where spiritual growth, academic excellence and an appreciation of multicultural values are fostered. WASC accredited. Admission:

Admission to St. Joseph Catholic School shall be determined by the pastor and the principal in accordance with Diocesan policies. Enrollment opens in January. Based on available space. $50 application fee. • 650-967-1839 • • St. Raymond School 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Principal: Dr. Tara Rolle. Class Size: 16:1 student -teacher ratio for kindergarten and 1-8 in core subjects; 32 maximum class size. Enrollment: 275. Tuition: $7,995-$10,600, depending on Catholic status and choice to volunteer and purchase $5,000 in SCRIP; additional children’s tuition discounted. $6,500$9,000 for junior kindergarten. Catholic, coeducational elementary school. Grades: K-8. Junior kindergarten also available. Admission: Applications available end of January. Tours scheduled in November and December. Open house usually last Sunday in January; call to verify date and time. • 650-322-2312 • • Stratford School 870 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Elementary Principal: Sherrie Paregian; Preschool Principal: Zhila Larijani. Class Size: 1:12 preschool; 1:15 for K; 1:22 for elementary. Tuition: $13,589 for preschool full day; $13,791 for kindergarten full day; $13,981 for 1-5; half-day care is available. Preschool-5th

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grade. Admission: Application, fee of $75. • 650-493-1151 • • Trinity School 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Head of School: Mary Menacho. Class Size: Approximately 20 (one class per grade). Enrollment: 168 total; 32 at the elementary school. Tuition: Starting at $16,950 for Early Childhood Program and junior kindergarten; $24,450 for K-Grade 5. A co-ed Episcopal school. Early Childhood Program-grade 5. Early Childhood Program for ages 3 and 4, at Holy Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood, Menlo Park. Elementary school is on Sand Hill Road. Uniforms required. Admission: Call for select grade openings. Tour posted on website. • 650-854-0288 ext.107 • • Woodside Priory School 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Head of school: Timothy Molak. Class Size: 15-18. Enrollment: 104. Tuition: Comprehensive tuition and fees: $36,500 for day students; financial aid available. Middle school grades 6-8; Coed Catholic/ Benedictine school. College preparatory. Casual dress code. Admission: Application for 2013-14 school year due Jan. 17, 2013; entrance exam required. • 650-851-8223 • •

Private high schools Castilleja School 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Upper School open houses Nov. 1 and Dec. 2, 2012.See Private elementary and middle schools. Crystal Springs Uplands School 400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough. See Private elementary and middle schools. The Harker School 500 Saratoga Ave., San Jose. Class Size: Upper School: 16. Enrollment: 1,700. Tuition: $25,060$36,435. See Private elementary and middle schools. • 408-249-2510 (9-12) Kehillah Jewish High School 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Head of School: Lillian Howard. Class Size: 12. Enrollment: 150. Tuition: $33,600; $400-$800 for books. A college-preparatory high school for boys and girls in grades 9-12 open to students and families from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds, including those with no prior Jewish education. Modern science and computer labs, art and music studios, drama room; regular, honors and AP classes; many sports teams and free membership in the Oshman Family JCC across the street. Admission: Admissions test, transcripts, teacher and administrator recommendations and a written personal statement. • 650-213-9600 • •


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Meira Academy 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Principal: Penina Noy. Built in 2011. Class Size: 15. Enrollment: 15. Tuition: $23,000. High school for Orthodox Jewish girls. Both Judaic and general studies are covered. Judaic topics include studying Jewish texts, Hebrew, Jewish history, ethics and the role of women in Judaism. General studies cover math, science, history, language arts, computer science, visual and performing arts and gym. Admission: Application and personal interview. • 650-485-3589 • • Menlo School 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. See Private elementary and middle schools. Mid-Peninsula High School 1340 Willow Road, Menlo Park. Head of School: Douglas C. Thompson. Class Size: 12. Enrollment: 135. Tuition: $27,794. Coed for grades 9-12. A community for learning, the school is designed for students with academic potential who can benefit from a smaller environment and a flexible, individually focused academic program. Accredited by CAIS and WASC. College-prep curriculum approved by UC/state university systems. Admission: Year-round enrollment. Contact the school to arrange an information interview and to receive an application packet. • 650-321-1991 • • Palo Alto Prep School 2462 Wyandotte St., Mtn. View. Director: Christopher Keck. Class Size: 8-10. Enrollment: 70. Tuition: $25,000 includes registration, books and materials fee. Grades 8-12. The school’s purpose is to provide a college-prep alternative for academic and social success. Summer school offered in all subjects. WASC accredited. Admission: Open enrollment; interview and student shadow. • 650-493-7071, ext. 102 •


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Pinewood School 26800 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills. Principal: Mark Gardner. Class Size: 7-10. Enrollment: 7-12: approximately 300. Tuition: Grades 9-12 $26,570. See Private elementary and middle schools.

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Sacred Heart Schools/Preparatory 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Principal: James Everitt. Class Size: 15. Enrollment: 580. Tuition: $33,870. Grades 9-12. A private, independent Roman Catholic school, a division of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, and a part of the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Admission: Applications due in January; admissions tests required. Interview. Waiting list. • 650-473-4006 for admissions • • Woodside Priory School 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. See Private elementary and middle schools.

Special education AchieveKids 3860 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Tom Drechsler. Class Size: 3-9. Enrollment: 59. Tuition: Funded by school districts. AchieveKids serves Bay Area children, aged 5 to 22, with emotional and/or developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autism spectrum disorder, disruptive behavior, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Admission: By district referral only. • 650-494-1200 • •

Education/enrichment Acme Education Group Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Ste. L1, Palo Alto. Principal: Daphne Chao. Class Size: varies. Enrollment: about 190. After-school and summerschool program that serves children in K-6. Staff is bilingual in Chinese. Also focuses on promoting Chinese language and culture, enhancing English reading and writing and math skills. • 650-387-0545 or 650-565-8286 • • Bay Area Arabic School 4000 Middlefield Road, Cubberley Community Center, Wing B & C, Palo Alto. Principal: Omar Hamwi. Class Size: 12-15. Enrollment: 90. Tuition: $120-$180 per quarter depending on program. Provides Arabic language instruction to children by teaching Arabic language literacy and conversation, educating students about Arabic culture and heritage, promoting the spirit of friendship among the students and their families, building a positive and supportive community of students and families, and offering separate, optional Islamic Religion instruction. • 408-462-2120 • • Champion Youth Enrichment School 870 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Christy Tan. Class Size: 20-25. Enrollment: 150. Tuition: $550-650 per month. An after-school program that offers an academic learning environment and Chinese-language courses. Program includes English, math, science, art, music and sports. Also 2094 Grant Road, Mtn. View and preschool at 1055 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road, Sunnyvale. • 650-353-0882, 650-858-1880; Mtn. View site: 650-353-0881; Sunnyvale site: 408-735-8333 • • Dutch School Silicon Valley 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Principal: Miriam van Ringelestijn. Class Size: 8. Enrollment: 50. Tuition: $375 per trimester (3 months). Provides afternoon and weekend instruction in Dutch language and culture for students K-12. Geared toward expatriate Dutch students and those learning Dutch as a second language. Three other locations in Berkeley, San Francisco and San Jose.

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• 408-250-8074 • • German-American School of Palo Alto (Saturday School) GAIS Campus, 275 Elliot Drive, Menlo Park. Director of Education: Sabine Eisenhauer. Class Size: 10-20. Tuition: $800 +$150 non-refundable registration fee (for 30 Saturdays per year). Offering a fullimmersion German-language program for children ages 3 and up as well as for adults. No prior knowledge of German required. • 650-520-3646 • Hwa Shin Bilingual Chinese School 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Principal: Thomas Lee. Class Size: 12. Enrollment: 150. Tuition: $320/semester. This nonprofit, bilingual Chinese school (for students who do not speak Mandarin at home) is open Sat from 9 a.m.-noon for students age 5 to 18; Chinese language and culture (dance, kung fu and Chinese painting). Also at Fairmeadow Elementary School Wed, 1:50-3:40 p.m. and Laurel School (Menlo Park) twice a week from 3 to 4:30 p.m. • 650-262-4466 • • Kumon Math and Reading Center 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Kumon is an after-school learning program designed to help children master reading and math skills. Also located at 887 Oak Grove Ave., Ste. 203, Menlo Park, 650-321-9169; 903 E. El Camino Real, Ste. 5, Mtn. View, 650-969-1978; 1780 Miramonte Ave., Mtn. View, 650-9693820; 419 San Antonio Road, Los Altos, 650-948-4124; 1551 El Camino Real, Redwood City, 650-799-4099. • 650-969-1978 • Palo Alto Chinese School P.O. Box 60877, Palo Alto. Principal: Mary Chung. Class Size: 20. Enrollment: 500. Tuition: $340 per year, $20 admission fee. Oldest Chinese school in the Bay Area. Holds classes on Fridays at JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, from 7 to 9 p.m. for students age 4 to 18. Classes offered: Mandarin, CSL (Chinese as a Second Language), Cantonese and calligraphy. • • Palo Alto School for Jewish Education (PASJE) 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Director: Cathy Taylor. Class Size: 12-20. Enrollment: 86. Tuition: Parents are encouraged to contact the school for tuition information. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Grades K-8 Sunday School nurturing children’s Jewish identity while focusing on Jewish tradition, history, culture, values and holidays. Music, art, dance. Offers preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Parent Connection. Optional Hebrew lessons. Small classes. Interfaith families welcome. • 650-444-2117 • •

Sitanfu (formerly Stanford Chinese School) 475 N. Whisman Road, #100, Mtn. View. Principal: Ma Liping. Class Size: 25. Enrollment: 1,200. Classes are held for children from Mandarinspeaking families every Sunday afternoon at Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, in two sessions, 1-2:40 p.m. and 3:10-4:50 p.m. for children age 5 to 10th grade. • 650-566-8636 • •


Adult education Palo Alto Adult School 50 Embarcadero Road, Room 8, Palo Alto. Principal: Kara Rosenberg. Class Size: 12-25. Enrollment: 8,000. Tuition: Course fees range from free for English as a Second Language to $195 for woodworking and are the same for residents and nonresidents. Variety of classes offered quarterly in this Palo Alto Unified School District program, from English as a Second Language to woodworking. Classes available across Palo Alto. Complete schedules are inserted in the Palo Alto Weekly in mid-August, November and March and are also available in area libraries and community centers. Office hours: Mon-Thu 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Fri 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: preregistration. • 650-329-3752 • • Stanford Continuing Studies 365 Lasuen St., Stanford. Dean and Associate Provost: Charles Junkerman. Class Size: 17-200. Enrollment: 11,000. Tuition: $150750 depending on course. Discounts available for seniors, Bay Area teachers and Stanford affiliates. A program for Bay Area adults that annually offers around 400 diverse courses taught mostly by Stanford faculty, academic staff and professionals in their fields. Class offerings include liberal arts and sciences, writing workshops and professional and personal development. • 650-725-2650 • • UC Berkeley Extension - Belmont 1301 Shoreway Road, Ste. 400, Belmont. Dean: Diana Wu. Class Size: 8-25. Enrollment: 5,000. Tuition: $200 for some short workshops to $485-810 for full-term classes. UC Berkeley Extension is the continuing education arm of the University of California, Berkeley. The Peninsula Center offers more than 300 classes in professional and personal development per year. Classes include project management, microbiology, finance, computer skills, marketing and a summer college application workshop. Evening and weekend classes available. UC Berkeley Extension also offers courses in San Francisco, Berkeley and online. • 650-594-9623 • •

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Atherton. President: Dr. James. J. Kelly. Class Size: 15. Enrollment: 650. Tuition: $35,510 per year; $11,444 room and board. Four-year private college specializing in undergraduate business-management education, which is built upon a strong foundation in the liberal arts. • 800-556-3656 • • Veronica Weber

Community colleges Canada College 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Interim President: James Keller. Class Size: 25. Enrollment: 6,700. Tuition: $46 per credit. Canada College is a comprehensive community college offering hundreds of classes for students looking to transfer to fouryear institutions or earn a professional certificate. High school students may start their college experience at no cost through the concurrent enrollment program; the college has an on-site high school program, called Middle College, through collaboration with the Sequoia Union High School District. The University Center at Canada College offers onsite bachelor’s degrees and several professional certificate programs. Admission: Open enrollment. • 650-306-3100 •

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Colleges and universities Menlo College 1000 El Camino Real,

Palo Alto University 1791 Arastradero Road , Palo Alto. President: Allen Calvin, Ph.D. Class Size: 15-30. Enrollment: 750. Tuition: $18,000-$45,000. Founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) offers seven degree programs, bachelor through doctorate, including a clinical doctorate degree (Psy.D.) through a consortium with Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; dual J.D./Ph.D. degrees through a joint program with Golden Gate University; masters level teaching in North America, China and Argentina; bachelors programs in Business Psychology and Psychology & Social Action. Admission: Jan. 15 or rolling admissions. • 800-818-6136 • • Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) 1069 E. Meadow Circle, Palo Alto. President: Neal King. Class Size: 15. Enrollment:

520. Tuition: $4,812-$9,380 per quarter (3 per year) for in person classes, $3,936-$6,270 per term (4 per year) for online classes. Sofia University offers accredited graduate programs to explore the connections among mind, body and spirit. The university offers residential day, evening and online degrees, including an M.A. in counseling, transpersonal psychology or women’s spirituality, Psy.D. in clinical psychology and Ph.D. in psychology or transpersonal psychology. In addition they offer global and low-residency programs and will be offering undergraduate degree completion starting in Fall 2013. • 650-493-4430 • • Stanford University Stanford. President: John Hennessy. Class Size: Varies. Enrollment: 6,927 undergraduates; 8,796 graduate students. Tuition: $40,050 tuition; $12,721 room and board. SAT Scores: See www.stanford. edu/home/statistics/. In addition to its undergraduate- and graduate-degree programs, Stanford offers Continuing Studies Programs, open to the community throughout the year; cultural programs, such as the Lively Arts; music department concert series; and lectures, plays, art exhibits and athletic events. Admission: Application due Jan. 1. • 650-723-2300 •

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Address: 1925 Embarcadero Road

Central phone for all branches: 650329-2436

Website: Hours: The airport is open 24 hours a day for incoming or outgoing flights, but is not fully staffed on a 24-hour basis; the terminal, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (except Wed., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.); and the tower 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Services: Located at the Baylands since 1935, the airport has an air traffic control tower, an aircraft charter company, a restaurant and a retail shop for pilots. The center also offers aircraft maintenance and fuel services. Flying schools offer flight training and aircraft rentals to licensed pilots.

Palo Alto Courthouse Address: 270 Grant Ave., Palo Alto Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Phones: Small Claims Court, Traffic and Criminal, 650-462-3800; Law Library, 650-324-6529 (Library hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2-4:55 p.m.) Services: The Palo Alto Courthouse on Grant Avenue handles mostly traffic, criminal and small claims matters.

Fire Department Fire Administration 250 Hamilton Ave. Call 650-329-2184. www. The Fire Department has seven stations, including one at Stanford University and a station at Foothills Park that operates only during the summer fire season. Besides extinguishing fires, the department also provides emergency medical service, a basic life-support patient-transport program, a hazardous-materials response unit and confined space and tunnel rescue program. The department also offers emergency preparedness training through its CERT program. To register for a class, call 650-617-3197. The following are business numbers only. For emergencies, call 911. Fire Station 1 (University Park), 301 Alma St., 650-329-2102. Fire Station 2 (Mayfield), 2675 Hanover St., 650-329-2256. Fire Station 3 (Rinconada), 799 Embarcadero Road, 650-329-2435. Fire Station 4 (Mitchell Park), 3600 Middlefield Road, 650-329-2507. Fire Station 5 (Arastradero), 600 Arastradero Road, 650-329-2187. Fire Station 6 (Stanford), 711 Serra St., 650-329-2649. Fire Station 8 (Foothills Park), 3300 Page Mill Road, 650-949-4832.

Library administration: 650-329-2436 Website: Email: Services: All of Palo Alto’s library branches have Wi-Fi access and Internet-linked computers available to the public. All have photocopiers, books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, large-print books, catalog access to online periodical databases. All carry bus schedules, City Council packets and newspapers. The library collection for all branches combined is approximately 271,000 items. Main, Mitchell Park, Downtown and College Terrace have Wi-Fi laptops for in-library use. One-hour tutoring sessions on using the Internet are available by advance registration. Borrowers must have a library card, which is free and does not require Palo Alto residency. For children’s programs and schedules of toddler storytimes, visit the library’s website and click on “Kids.” Computer Catalog: Lists holdings for all library branches. Library cardholders can reserve books, renew items, review their circulation records and use databases online. An automated telephone renewal system is also available by calling 650326-5374 (touch-tone phones only). Main Library 1213 Newell Road. E-mail: Hours: Mon, Thu 12-8 p.m.; Tue, Wed 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m. Collections: Audio books, CDs, DVDs, non-English language books, teen books, print enlarger, telephone directories, central reference collection, Palo Alto Historical Association files. Children’s Library 1276 Harriet St. Hours: Mon, Thu 12-6 p.m.; Tue, Wed 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m. No minimum age for library cards. For children 13 and under signature and identification of a parent or guardian is required. Summer Reading Program available at all branches. College Terrace 2300 Wellesley St. Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Collections: Adult and children’s materials, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Downtown 270 Forest Ave. Hours: TueWed, Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu noon-6 p.m. Collections: Adult and children’s materials, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Small private meeting room available for public use. Mitchell Park 4050 Middlefield Road. Hours: Mon, Thu noon-8 p.m.; Tue, Wed 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m. Collections: Adult, teen and children’s materials, DVDs, audiobooks,

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Planning & Community Environment Department Development Center 285 Hamilton Ave. Call 650-329-2496. www.cityofpaloalto. org/depts/pln/development_center Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Services: The Development Center is the city’s customer-service center for contractors, homeowners, developers and architects interested in applying for and obtaining developmentrelated City permits and approvals. Most construction requires a building permit: remodeling, demolition, additions, tenant improvements, signs, and replacing a roof, water-heater or furnace. Adding second stories to homes, building new homes and many non-residential projects also require planning-application approval prior to a building permit. The Development Center also has a green building kiosk to educate homeowners and builders about environmentally friendly building techniques. The center’s website provides basic information on building permits and the city’s planning process.

Police Department For emergencies, call 911 Address: 275 Forest Ave. at City Hall Website: Phones: 650-329-2413 (City Hall) for general information or business MonThu 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Fridays) A community access line that receives public feedback on police/ community interactions is at 650329-2545. For the emergency and non-emergency dispatch center, or to register a complaint about noise or traffic, including speeding vehicles, call 650-329-2413. To alert police to abandoned vehicles and overnightparking violations (such as large trucks parked in residential neighborhoods), call the 24-hour hotline at 650-329-2258. For information about the volunteer program, call community policing at 650-329-2632.

Post offices Central phone for all branches: 800ASK-USPS Website: Main Post Office 2085 E. Bayshore Road; Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-noon for parcel pickup only. Call 650-321-1423. Cambridge Station 265 Cambridge Ave.; Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 650327-1581. Hamilton Station 380 Hamilton Ave.; Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 650-323-2650. Stanford University Station 531 Lasuen Mall, White Plaza off of Mayfield Avenue; Info Palo Alto • 61


Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for parcel pickup only. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for passport processing (by appointment only on Saturdays; photos taken for $15/pair). Call 650-321-4239. Veterans Bureau Hospital 3801 Miranda Ave.; Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 650-493-5000.

Public parking Downtown: Parking is free for up to two hours, both on street and off street. Free three-hour parking is available at all garages (Alma/High, Bryant/Lytton, Civic Center, Cowper/Webster, Ramona/ University) except in designated permit zones.

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Color zones: Downtown is divided into four color zones: purple, coral, lime and blue. Motorists may park in any one zone for up to two hours (or three hours in the garages) but are prohibited from parking in that zone again for the rest of the regulated day (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Thirty-minute spaces, yellow commercial-loading zones, white passenger-loading and disability designated spaces are exempt from the re-parking requirement.

There may be a waiting list. Call Revenue Collections, 650-329-2317, or visit the City Hall lobby.

Visitor parking: For a one-day pass, pay $15 and park in off-street lots and parking garages. The pass may be purchased at the Revenue Collections desk at City Hall, or the private pay garage at 525 University Ave. Permit parking for employers and employees can be purchased for any of the nine downtown lots and garages. There may be a waiting list. Call 650-329-2317 or visit Revenue Collections at City Hall. Costs for long-term permits: $420 a year, $135 a quarter. Sheraton: $75 a year, $26 a quarter. Weekly permits: $66 for large vehicles and construction workers.

Phone: 650-463-4952

California Avenue area: The lots around California Avenue are two-hour lots; the two garages on Cambridge Avenue have three-hour limits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permits are available and may be used in all lots and garages. $43 per quarter, $123 a year. One-day permits are $6.

Website on parking: www. transportation/parking.asp

Recreation, Open Space and Sciences Division See Classes in Kids section. Address: 1305 Middlefield Road

Website: csd/default.asp Services: The Recreation Division offers a wide variety of programs for Palo Alto residents, including preschool children, youth, teens, adults, senior citizens and the disabled. Activities range from nature walks to aquatics; from astronomy to dance; from a junior museum and zoo to a teen center. Programs are designed to enrich people’s lives through personal growth, physical challenges and fun. For information on summer day camps and classes, see the Enjoy catalog, published four times a year by the City of Palo Alto Recreation, and online at www.paenjoy. org/recreation/enjoy.asp.

Waste disposal GreenWaste Recovery 625 Charles St., San Jose. Call 408-283-

4800, answering machine after hours. Services: garbage pickup, curbside recycling, waste recovery. GreenWaste recycles commercial and demolition waste, electronic waste, plastic bags, milk, juice containers and rigid plastics. Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant 2501 Embarcadero Way. Call 650-329-2598. Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (website: The water quality control plant processes wastewater and removes harmful bacteria, grease and pollutants, thereby improving environmental quality. Tours of the plant are available. Community-outreach program provides speakers/displays/ handouts. During business hours, residents can drop off mercury-containing products (e.g., thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs and nonnarcotic prescription medications). Up to 15 gallons or 125 pounds of general household hazardous waste — including paint and some household pesticide products — will be accepted the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.noon at the water plant parking lot. For Palo Alto residents only; driver’s license or vehicle registration required. Call Palo Alto Public Works at 650-496-6980 for the household hazardous waste drop-off program.


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Palo Alto City Council Mayor and vice mayor hold terms of one year that expire in January. The general municipal election is held in odd numbered years, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. Council terms are for four years. Yiaway Yeh (Mayor 2012) Address: 442 Leland Ave. Phone 650-380-8003 (cell) Email: First elected: 2007 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2012 Greg Scharff (Vice Mayor 2012) Address: 445 Seale Ave. Phone: 650-325-7200 (office) Email: First elected: 2009 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2014

Council members Pat Burt Address: 1249 Harriet St. Phone: 650-388-8639 (cell) Email: First elected: 2007 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2012

Address: 1130 Parkinson St. Phone: 650-617-3100 ext. 3619 (office) Email: First elected: 2007 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2012 Karen Holman Address: 725 Homer Ave. Phone: 650-444-4017 (cell) Email: First elected: 2009 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2014 Larry Klein Address: 872 Seale Ave. Phone: 650-323-0780 (home) Email: First elected: (Appointed: 1981), 2005, 2009 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2014 Gail Price Address: 4082 Orme St. Phone: 650-856-6260 (home) Email: First elected: 2009 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2014

When does the City Council meet? The first three Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. The Council regularly takes a few weeks off in August.

Where? In the Council Chambers located on the first floor of the Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Ave.

What do you do to speak at a Council meeting? Anyone can address the council on any topic during the oral communications period at the beginning of each meeting. Anyone can also address the council on a topic it is considering during that meeting, when the item is taken up by the council. Before addressing the council, a speaker must first fill out a card noting name and address, which is then given to the City Clerk.

Are the meetings televised or webcast? Yes, each council meeting is broadcast live on Government Channel 26 on Comcast Cable. The meetings also are broadcast on KZSU Radio, 90.1 FM and online at

Greg Schmid Address: 3428 Janice Way Phone: 650-444-6313 (cell) Email: First elected: 2007 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2012

Nancy Shepherd Address: 1556 Madrono Ave. Phone: 650-326-6452 (home) Email: First elected: 2009 Term expires: Dec. 31, 2014

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Where can I get a copy of the agenda? Agendas are available in the City Clerk’s Office and are currently printed in the Palo Alto Weekly on the Friday preceding the City Council meeting. Copies of the council floor in City Hall and at city libraries. They are also available at www.

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City Manager: James Keene, 650-3292392

Planning and Community Environment, director: Curtis Williams, 650-329-2441

City Attorney: Molly Stump, 650-3292171 City Auditor: Jim Pelletier, 650-329-2629 City Clerk: Donna Grider, 650-329-2571

Boards and commissions Architectural Review Board Staff liaison: Russ Reich, 650-617-3119

City staff Deputy City Manager: Steve Emslie, 650-329-2354

A five-member advisory board that meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the council conference room of City Hall. Terms are for three years and commence Oct. 1. Residency is not a requirement.

Administrative Services, director: Lalo Perez, 650-329-2692

Naseem Alizadeh. Term expires: Sept. 30, 2015

Community Services, director: Greg Betts, 650-463-4952

Alexander Lew. Term expires: Sept. 30, 2015

Library, director: Monique le Conge, 650-329-2436

Police Chief and Interim Fire Chief: Dennis Burns, 650-329-2413

Public Works, director: Mike Sartor, 650-329-2151 Utilities, director: Valerie Fong, 650329-2161 Human Resources, director: Kathryn

Early Care & Education Committee (ECEC) (formerly Child Care Advisory Committee) Staff contact: Minka van der Zwaag, 650-463-4953 A citizen group that advises the City Manager on matters pertaining to childcare issues. The mission of the ECEC is to guide the effective use of public and private resources to ensure the adequate supply of quality child care for those who live and/or work in Palo Alto. Janice Shaul, chair, 650-493-2361

James Schmidt, 650-322-2153. Term expires: May 31, 2013 Alice Smith, 650-493-3554. Term expires: May 31, 2013

Historic Resources Board Staff liaison: Steven Turner, 650-329-2155 A seven-member advisory board that meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 8 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. Terms are for three years beginning June 1. Residency is required for at least one member of the board.

Citizen Oversight Committee for Expenditures of Library Bond Funds

Martin Bernstein, chair, 650-324-9610 (office). Term expires: May 31, 2014

Staff liaison: Karen Bengard, 650-329-2636

Roger Kohler, vice chair, 650-328-1086 (office). Term expires: May 31, 2014

Lee Lippert. Term expires: Sept. 30, 2014

A five-member committee that meets quarterly. Terms are for four years beginning June 1.

David Bower, 650-329-8564. Term expires: May 31, 2013

Clare Malone-Prichard, 650-327-7070 (office). Term expires: Sept. 30, 2014

John Melton, chair, 650-493-4165. Term expires: May 31, 2013

Randy Popp. Term expires: Sept. 30, 2015

Dena Mossar, vice chair, 650-329-1082. Term expires: May 31, 2013 Sandra Hirsch, 650-565-8222. Term expires: May 31, 2013

Leta Bunnenberg, 650-326-3813 (home). Term expires: May 31, 2013 Patricia Di Cicco, 650-380-5150 (cell). Term expires: May 31, 2013 Michael Makinen, 650-604-4740 (office). Term expires: May 31, 2014 Info Palo Alto • 65


Scott Smithwick, 408-885-8164 (office). Term expires: May 31, 2014

Human Relations Commission Staff liaison: Minka van der Zwaag, 650463-4953 A seven-member advisory commission. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the council conference room of City Hall. Terms are for three years beginning April 1. Residency is a requirement.

fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. Terms are for three years beginning May 1. Theivanai Palaniappan, chair, 650-3292516. Term expires: Jan. 31, 2013 Tolulope Akinola, vice chair, 650-4508558. Term expires: Jan. 31, 2013 Noel Bakhtian, 239-560-5447. Term expires: Jan. 31, 2014 Leonardo Hochberg, 617-792-5501. Term expires: Jan. 31, 2014

Claude Ezran, chair, 650-324-2040 (home). Term expires: March 31, 2014

Eileen Landauer, 650-328-1506. Term expires: Jan. 31, 2014

Jill O’Nan, vice chair, 650-493-7479. Term expires: March 31, 2013

Bob Moss, 650-493-2178. Term expires: Jan. 31, 2013

Ray Bacchetti, 650-324-7423 (home). Term expires: March 31, 2015

Mary Beth Train, 650-494-3269. Term expires: Jan. 31, 2014

Theresa Chen, 650-329-8456. Term expires: March 31, 2015

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Parks & Recreation Commission Staff liaison: Rob de Geus, 650-463-4908

Diane Morin, 650-473-0822. Term expires: March 31, 2015

Staff liaison: Monique le Conge, 650329-2403

A seven-member advisory commission to the City Council that deals with matters pertaining to the activities of the Parks and Golf Division and the Recreation, Open Space and Sciences Division. Terms are for three years beginning Jan. 1. Residency is a requirement. The commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

A seven-member advisory commission. Meetings are scheduled monthly on the

Ed Lauing, chair, 650-327-8890 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2012

Daryl Savage, 650-424-9600 (office). Term expires: March 31, 2014 Sunita Verma, 650-403-3792. Term expires: March 31, 2013

Library Advisory Commission (650) 566–4501

Daria Walsh, vice chair, 650-424-8866 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2012 Stacey Ashlund, 650-496-6962 (office) Term expires: Dec. 31, 2014 Deidre Crommie, 650-949-8145 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2014 Jennifer Hetterly, 650-856-0516 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2012 Paul Losch, 415-269-1427 (cell). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2012 Pat Markevitch, 650-321-2211 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2014

Planning & Transportation Commission Staff liaison: Curtis Williams, 650-329-2321 A seven-member advisory commission to the City Council with a focus on zoning and land use issues. Terms are for four years beginning Aug. 1. Residency is a requirement. The commission meets on the second and last Wednesdays of the month at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers. Eduardo Martinez, chair, 650-796-1011 (home). Term expires: July 31, 2013 Mark D. Michael, vice chair, 650-3281506 (home). Term expires: July 31, 2015 Michael Alcheck, 650-260-8451 (office). Term expires: July 31, 2016 Arthur Keller, 650-424-0202 (home). Term expires: July 31, 2014

(home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2013 Nancy Clark, vice chair, 650-327-8205 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2013 Stepheny McGraw, 650-856-0296 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2015 Susan Rosenberg, 650-424-1448 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2015 Richard Whaley, chair, 650-494-0675 (home). Term expires: Dec. 31, 2013

Utilities Advisory Commission A seven-member advisory commission responsible for overseeing Palo Alto’s municipally-owned utilities and reporting to the City Council. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the council conference room of City Hall. Terms are for three years beginning July 1. Residency requirement for six members. Staff contact: Valerie Fong, 650-329-2277 James F. Cook, chair, 650-455-1855 (cell). Term expires: June 30, 2013 Jonathan Foster, vice chair, 650-5330945 (cell). Term expires: June 30, 2015 Audrey Chang. 650-847-1210 (work). Term expires: June 30, 2015 Steve Eglash, 650-858-1461 (home). Term expires: June 30, 2015 Garth Hall, 650-322-9224 (home). Term expires: June 30, 2013

Alex Panelli. Term expires: July 31, 2016

John Melton, 650-493-4165 (home). Term expires: June 30, 2014

Greg Tanaka, 415-968-9436 (work). Term expires: July 31, 2016

Asher Waldfogel, 650-321-6745 (home). Term expires: June 30, 2014

Samir Tuma, 650-424-8823 (home). Term expires: July 31, 2014

Youth Council Staff liaison: Adam Howard, 650-329-2192

It’s a score when I can improve emergency water supplies while preserving parks. Every time I play with my kids, I am reminded how valuable it will be to have beautiful El Camino Park preserved after we finish building our much-needed emergency water reservoir underneath it. Improving the emergency water supply system to benefit future generations is by far my proudest achievement. Learn more at

Public Art Commission Staff liaison: Elise DeMarzo, 650-329-2519 A seven-member advisory commission in charge of overseeing the city’s collection of public art. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the council conference room in City Hall. Terms are for three years beginning May 1. Residency is not a requirement. Ally Richter, chair. Term expires: April 30, 2014

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Richard Ambrose. Term expires: April 30, 2015

District Address: 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos. General manager: Steve Abbors. Acquires and preserves natural open space and provides for low-intensity public recreation. District encompasses population of 741,000 in 550 square miles, including 26 cities and areas of three counties between Los Gatos and San Carlos and to the Pacific Ocean in San Mateo County, from the southern border of Pacifica to the Santa Cruz County line. Maintains more than 60,000 acres of open space in 26 preserves. Board meets second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. in the district office. 201213 total budget: $41.4 million • 650-691-1200 •

Trish Collins. Term expires: April 30, 2014 Amanda Ross. Term expires: April 30, 2014

Patricia Walsh. Term expires: April 30, 2015 Senior Utilities Engineer, Water-Gas-Wastewater Division

Storm Drain Oversight Committee Meetings are held as needed. Terms are for three years beginning Jan. 1. Staff contact: Joe Teresi, 650-329-2129 Hal Mickelson, chair, 650-868-2938

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Larisa Usich, vice chair, 415-846-3362. Term expires: April 30, 2014

Vikki Tobak. Term expires: April 30, 2015

—Romel Antonio, P.E.

A teen-age task force of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission that studies community problems and concerns relating to youth and implements youth programs and activities. Meetings are held every Monday during the school year (August-June) at 5 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center.

(650) 329–2161

Typically, you don’t know who we are. Most of the time you aren’t aware of all the work your Utilities electric, gas, water and sewer crews do. You take it for granted that when you flip a light switch, turn up the heater or hop in the shower, the energy and water you need is available. You don’t think about us—and that’s how we want it to be! However, over the next 6 months, utilities crews are going to be a lot more visible. We will have a record number of infrastructure improvement projects going on, ranging from replacing old power lines and utility pipes to inspecting for crossbores and bolstering our emergency water supply system. Read all the details at If you have to contend with a project in your neighborhood, keep in mind your short-term inconvenience will result in state-of-the-art utilities and long-term peace of mind.

— City of Palo Alto Utilities Electric Substation Crew

BIKES, BUSES, TR AINS AND AUTOMOBILES day, $100/week, $200/month, $300/ two months. Tune-ups $199. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • 650-853-3000 • • Bikestation Palo Alto 95 University Ave. at the University Avenue Caltrain station, Palo Alto. Paid memberships offer secure bicycle parking for 150 bicycles at the Caltrain Depot. 24-hour access. Daily ($10 for 10 days), monthly ($12) and annual memberships ($96) available, plus $20 annual administrative fee. Membership includes bicycle repairs and discounts on parts and accessories. • Campus Bike Shop 459 Lagunita Drive, #12, Stanford University. Rents comfort bikes, commuter bikes and high-end road bikes. Available from 24 hours to 1 year. Includes helmet/lock. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • Reserve online or call 650-723-9300 • •

By bus Caltrain shuttles ■ Deer Creek Shuttle Caltrain runs a

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A parking spot in the Quarry Road parking garage at the Stanford Shopping Center beside the new Level 3 electric vehicle charger, the very first such charger available to the public in the state. San Francisco Bay Area Transit Information Provides online access to transit information for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Supported by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Bay Area Transit Partners. •

By bike

for 2-3 years for $2 at any Palo Alto fire station from 4-5 p.m. any day of the week. • 650-329-2520 (City of Palo Alto Transportation Division) for information about bicycle routes, lockers or racks; 650-329-2406 (Police Department) to report a stolen bike. •, search under “bicycle licenses”

Around Palo Alto Palo Alto is known in cycling circles as a “bicycle friendly” community. A map of Palo Alto’s bike routes is available at most libraries and at City Hall. The best-known of Palo Alto’s routes is the Bryant Street Bike Boulevard, which runs from East Meadow Drive through downtown, where it connects with a bike bridge to Menlo Park. Occasional roadblocks discourage auto traffic on Bryant, which requires few stops for bicyclists. • (search under “bike routes map”)

National bicycle licensing 1475 Powell St., Ste. 101, Emeryville. Bicycles may be registered on a national registry for $10 for 10 years for one bike; $25 for 30 years (transferable) or $25 for up to five bikes at the same address, for 10 years. • 1-800-848-BIKE • •

Bicycle licensing It is required by law to register bicycles in Palo Alto. Bicycle owners can purchase a license valid

The Bike Connection 2011 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Rentals, road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrids are $35/

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Bike rentals Mountain and hybrid bikes available for daily, weekly and monthly rates, ranging from $35 a day to $250 or more a month.

free shuttle from the Palo Alto and California Avenue train stations to the Stanford Research Park. • 800-660-4287 • ■ EPA commuter shuttle Caltrain runs

a free shuttle bus from the Palo Alto Menlo Park train station to East Palo Alto. This shuttle is funded by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, along with City/County Association of Governments and the City of East Palo Alto. • 800-660-4287; 650-771-1637 • Dumbarton Express Administered by the Dumbarton Express Consortium and operated by AC Transit, the bus service travels through Palo Alto and Menlo Park crossing the Dumbarton Bridge and terminating at the Union City BART station. The DB and DB1 operate during non-holiday weekdays, Mon-Fri, only 5 a.m.-8 p.m. • 511 and say “Dumbarton Express” for schedule information • Marguerite Shuttle 340 Bonair Siding, Stanford. Stanford University’s free public transit runs Mon-Fri year-round except university holidays. Limited service is available on weekends and university holidays during the academic year. The shuttle serves the Palo Alto, Menlo Park and California Avenue Caltrain stations. The Marguerite is wheelchair-and bicycle-accessible.

• 650-723-9362 • • Palo Alto Shuttle The Palo Alto Shuttle operates two routes: the Embarcadero shuttle and the Crosstown shuttle. Connects businesses in the East Bayshore/Baylands area with downtown Palo Alto and the Caltrain station, with service to Palo Alto High School, Castilleja School and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Also serves Jordan Middle School. The Crosstown shuttle runs every hour from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m, Mon-Fri and services Downtown Palo Alto to East Charleston Road. • 650-329-2441 City of Palo Alto Transportation division • transportation Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 3331 N. First St., San Jose. VTA bus and light-rail service extends from San Jose into Palo Alto, with connections to SamTrans service in San Mateo County. A free shuttle connects the San Jose Airport with light rail and Caltrain. Hours of operation vary by route; buses and light rail run less frequently on weekends and holidays. Schedules are available on buses and light rail, at local colleges, libraries, chambers of commerce and city halls. • 408-321-2300 •

Key bus routes in Palo Alto No. 101 Express commuter-bus service from Stanford Research Park to San Jose, via Cupertino Square, Westgate, Winchester Boulevard, Camden and Hwy. 85, southbound only in the afternoons (northbound in the mornings). No service on weekends and some holidays. No. 102 Express, commuter-bus service from Stanford Industrial Park to South San Jose light-rail stations, northbound only in the mornings, southbound only in the afternoons. No. 104 Express, commuter-bus service from Stanford Research Park to East San Jose and Milpitas, eastbound only in the afternoons, westbound only in the mornings. No. 22 Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Eastridge in San Jose via El Camino Real. Runs 24 hours a day. No. 35 Stanford Shopping Center to Mountain View, via Downtown Palo Alto, Middlefield Road and San Antonio Road. Weekdays every 30 minutes during the day and 60 minutes during evening; Sat/ Sun every 60 minutes. No. 397 and 297 Palo Alto Caltrain to San Francisco Transbay Terminal. For 397: Daily 12:51-2:51 p.m. No mid-day operation. For 297 or 397: Fills in gaps between regular, local service and the


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owl service. SamTrans offers limited latenight service. • 800-660-4287; or TDD (hearingimpaired only): 650-508-6448 • No. 88 VTA Community Bus Line 88 serves the Palo Alto Veterans’ Hospital to Middlefield Road and Colorado Avenue via Miranda, Charleston, Fabian, Meadow, Louis, Colorado, Middlefield and Oregon Expressway. Additional service for Jordan and Terman middle schools and Gunn High School. Weekday service only from 6:32 a.m.-6:39 p.m.; runs every 60 minutes. No weekend service. Rapid 522 Direct service between Palo Alto and East San Jose, about every 15 minutes, 5:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon-Fri; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. No. 280 and No. 281 Stanford Shopping Center to East Palo Alto, via University Avenue, Webster Street and Lytton Avenue in Palo Alto. For 280: weekdays: 6:01 a.m.-10:06 p.m. every 30 minutes; after 8 p.m. every hour. Sat 8:25 a.m.5:55 p.m. every 30 minutes. Sun 8:55 a.m.-4:55 p.m. every hour. For 281: weekdays 6:30 a.m.-9:55 p.m. every 3060 minutes; Sat 8:55 a.m.-5:55 p.m. every 30 minutes; Sun 9:25 a.m.-5:25 p.m. every 60 minutes. • 800-660-4287; or TDD (hearingimpaired only): 650-508-6448 • No. 390 and No. 391 390 runs from Palo Alto to Millbrae and Daly City BART Stations via El Camino Real. 391 runs from Redwood City Caltrain to Millbrae and Colma BART Stations and Muni 14 connection (Mission and Evergreen) via El Camino Real. Limited service to San Francisco on 391 (commute hours only). Weekday times: 390 operates from 5:52 a.m.-11:30 p.m. The 391 runs from 4:15-12:47 a.m. from Redwood City. Routes 390 and 391 are combined into one new route, ECR, on weekends. The streamlined route travels between the Palo Alto Caltrain Station and Daly City BART, with 20-minute headways. • 800-660-4287; or TDD (hearingimpaired only): 650-508-6448 •

By rail Caltrain Mailing address: P.O. Box 3006, San Carlos. The Peninsula commuter rail line operates daily between San Francisco and San Jose from approximately 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Also limited weekday commuter-hour service from Gilroy to San Francisco. Tickets must be purchased from a ticket vending machine before boarding. Eight-ride and monthly tickets are available for riders using Clipper cards. Discounts are provided for seniors (65 and up), youths 17 and younger, and people with disabilities. • 800-660-4287; for hearing impaired TDD 650-508-6448 • Bikes on board Each train has two bike cars. The number of bicycles is limited to 40 per gallery car (80 bikes total for train)

and 24 per Bombardier car (48 bikes total for train). There is no charge to bring a bicycle on board. • 650-508-6350 for locker rentals • Bicycle_General_Info.html

Driving Identification placards for the disabled People with disabilities who are mobilityimpaired may apply to the California Department of Motor Vehicles for a placard to carry with them for display on the dashboard of the car in which they are riding. This enables the vehicle to park in spaces designated “Handicapped Only.” Fees apply for some types of placards. Doctor or physician certification required. • 800-777-0133 (Redwood City office) or 800-368-4327 (deaf or hearing impaired from TDD phones) • Ridesharing RIDES for Bay Area Commuters Inc. organizes carpools and vanpools and provides program services for people in seven of the nine Bay Area counties. Also provides personalized commute consultations. Other commute information regarding bicycling, commute incentives and public transit or telecommute available. • 511 •

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Airport shuttles Excel Limousine Service Charges $65 for limo direct to the San Francisco airport; $55 for limo direct to San Jose airport, from Palo Alto. Up to four people. Call for fares for additional person from same location. • 866-535-5545 • No. KX 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. From Palo Alto to San Francisco via El Camino Real, Hwy. 101 and San Francisco Airport. Weekdays: approximately from 6 a.m.-12 a.m. Hours are limited. Express fare is $5. • 800-660-4287; for hearing impaired 650-508-6488 • Super Shuttle Charges $26, plus $10 for each additional person, for shared shuttle service to San Francisco or San Jose airports; $75 for exclusive nonstop van. (The rate may vary slightly depending on your zip code.) Service 24 hours, 7 days a week. Special rates for Stanford employees and students. • 650-558-8500 or 800-BLUE-VAN for reservations • •

By vehicle — taxis California Cab 61 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. • 650-967-9999 Yellow Cab Company • 650-342-1234 if paying with cash or credit card; 650-692-2555 if paying with a voucher • (650) 329-2161

I’m not just a voice on the phone, I’m here to take good care of you. When you call the Customer Service Center with a question or concern, I’m one of the friendly voices on the other end of the line. Since your utilities are community-owned, you get more personalized service and a chance for us to maintain a better relationship with you. Don’t hesitate to call with questions about your utility bills. I can also help you make the switch to convenient online billing. For online assistance, visit:

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Key city numbers

Planning Department ......................................650-329-2441

Palo Alto Unified School District..................650-329-3700

Police/Fire/Paramedics (emergency) .............................. 911

Police (office: non-emergency) ................... 650-329-2406

Post Office — Main .......................................... 800-275-8777

Animal Services ................................................. 650-496-5971

Police (non-emergency) after 5 p.m. .........650-329-2413

Red Cross.............................................................. 650-688-0415

Bicycle license information ............................650-329-2184

Property ownership/addresses .................... 650-329-2151

Registrar of Voters — SCC ............................ 408-299-8302

Building inspection ............................................650-617-3118

Real property (city-owned) ...........................650-329-2264

Small Claims Court — SCC ............................ 650-462-3800

Use and occupancy permits ..........................650-329-2496


Tax Assessor — SCC .........................................408-299-5570

Vendors, solicitors, etc. ....................................650-329-2271

Recycling .............................................................. 650-496-5910

Traffic Court — SCC .......................................... 650-462-3800

Business in home or garage ..........................650-329-2441

Streets ................................................................... 650-496-6974

Cable-TV complaints against Comcast .....650-329-2206

Trees ....................................................................... 650-496-5953

Traffic Court — SCC (recorded information) ................................... 650-462-3800 If no answer, dial ............................................... 408-808-3100

City Attorney ....................................................... 650-329-2171

Utilities (turn-on & turn-off ) .......................... 650-329-2161

City Clerk ...............................................................650-329-2571

Non-city agencies

City Manager .......................................................650-329-2392

24-hour hotlines Alcoholics Anonymous — SCC .....................408-374-8511

SCC = Santa Clara County Better Business Bureau — SCC .....................408-278-7400

Child Abuse Report Line for Santa Clara County .....................................650-493-1186

Flood zone information ..................................650-329-2496

Birth, marriage & death certificates — SCC ............................................ 408-299-5688

Child Abuse Report Line for San Mateo County ......................................650-595-7922

Graffiti reporting ............................................... 650-496-6974

Chamber of Commerce ...................................650-324-3121

Contact Cares Crisis Hotline ......................... 408-850-6125

Human resources (Employment) .................650-329-2376

Department of Motor Vehicles — Redwood City Office........................................ 800-777-0133

Mid-Peninsula Rape Crisis Center................650-493-7273

Library (Main Branch) .......................................650-329-2436 Mayor Yiaway Yeh — ..............................650-329-2571

GreenWaste Recovery ..................................... 650-947-4994

Suicide & Crisis Hotline — SCC .................... 855-278-4204

Parking permits for parking lots ..................650-329-2317

Marriage licenses — SCC Clerk ................... 408-299-5688

Support Network ...............................................800-572-2782

Parking violations ..............................................650-329-2252

Palo Alto Airport — SCC .................................408-918-7702

Teen 24-7 line ...................................................... 888-247-7717

Community Services ....................................... 650-463-4952 Fire Department.................................................650-329-2184

Adult education, 59 Airport shuttles, 69 Animal services/protection, 14 Art galleries, 8 Arts organizations, 44 Basketball, 32 Biking, 32, 68 Bookstores and readings, 8 Bus, 68 Business organizations, 14 Cable television, 14 Cemeteries, 14 Child care centers & preschools, 42 Child care hotlines, 44 Child care/referrals, 43 Classes/places to go, 45 Colleges and universities, 60 Community centers, 14 Community colleges, 60 Dance, 8, 32 Disabilities, services, 23 Driving, 69 Drug and alcohol services, 14 Education/enrichment, 58 Education, special, 58 Elementary and middle schools, private, 52 Emergency services, 14 Environment, 14 Farmers markets, 16 70 • Info Palo Alto

Fishing, 32 Foundations/fundraising organizations, 16 Garden clubs, 16 Gardens, 16 Golf (private courses), 32 Golf (public courses), 32 Health and support services, 16 Health clinics, 17 High schools, private, 57 Hiking/walking, 32 Historical associations, 17 Home schooling, 51 Homeless services, 18 Horseback riding, 34 Hospitals, 17 Housing, 18 Ice skating, 34 In-line skating, 34 International issues, 18 Judo, 34 Law, 18 Lawn bowling, 34 Lectures, 8 Literacy, 18 Mediation, 18 Mental health/counseling, 18 Microbreweries, 8 Mountain biking, 34 Movies, 8

Senior Help Line .................................................800-510-2020

Museums and collections, 8 Music, 8, 10 Neighborhood or homeowner associations, 20 Opera, 13 Palo Alto, city of, 65 Airport, 61 Boards and commissions, 65 City Council, 65 City staff, 65 Council-appointed officers, 65 Fire Department, 61 Library, 61 Planning & Community Environment Department, 61 Police Department, 61 Recreation, Open Space and Sciences Division, 62 Palo Alto Courthouse, 61 Palo Alto Unified School District, 48 Elementary schools, public, 48 High schools, public, 50 Middle schools, public, 50 Special district programs, 51 Parking, 62 Parks, 34 Places to tour, 13 Political groups, 20 Post offices, 61 Radio station, 21

Recycling and hazardous waste disposal, 21 Research institutions, 21 Rugby, 38 Running, 38 Sailing and sailboarding, 38 Seniors, 21 Service groups, 22 Skateboarding, 38 Soccer, 38 Social services, 23 Softball, 38 Sports, 45 Square dancing, 38 Star-gazing, 38 Swim & tennis clubs, private, 38 Swimming, 38 Table tennis, 40 Taijiquan, 40 Taxis, 69 Tennis, 40 Theater, 13 Train, 69 Transportation, 24 Volleyball, 40 Volunteering, 24 Waste disposal, 62 Youth and children, 24 Youth and service groups, 47


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