A Palo Alto block party to acquaint people of all faiths and cultures will take place in the Evergreen Park neighborhood on Sunday, Oct. 6. The "Know Your Neighbors" party, in its third year, is an offering by local Muslims to bring residents together to build relationships built on mutual respect and understanding.
The event is organized by the American Muslim Voice Foundation and is sponsored by the City of Palo Alto's Know Your Neighbors grant and the Evergreen Park Neighborhood Association.
Guests will enjoy a shared meal, which will include gourmet Pakistani food, halal burgers and veggie burgers. Children's activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts, henna tattoos, face painting and a big red fire truck.
The event is spearheaded by Evergreen Park resident Samina Sundas, founding executive director of American Muslim Voice.
The foundation engages in national and community-based efforts, including open houses, peace picnics, teach-ins at high schools and college campuses, national and regional conventions, and the organization's hallmark "dinners with dialogue" to create better understanding among all Americans, founders said.
"The key to building a safe, secure, harmonious nation is by embracing America's most profound asset -- our tenacious, unyielding sense of community. Our security and strength will come from an inclusive nation; we must make conscious efforts to get to know our neighbors and colleagues and reject hatred and fear in favor of peace and understanding," said Khalid Saeed the foundation's national president.
The foundation engages in both national and community-based efforts including open houses, peace picnics, teach-ins at high schools and college campuses, national and regional conventions, and the organization's hallmark "dinners with dialogue." AMV Foundation provides education with social interaction to create better understanding among all Americans.
Sunday's block party takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Peers Park, 1899 Park Blvd., in Palo Alto. It is open to the public.