HOW LOCAL CAN YOU GO? ... Gal-about-town and local do-gooder Annette Glanckopf is not a famous Hollywood movie star, but she was treated like one on Sunday. Glanckopf, board president of the Peninsula Stroke Association, donned designer frocks and jewelry, all "on loan," and all from Palo Alto, for the group's annual gala. Palo Alto native Lisa Hunter, who owns Vian Hunter at 520 Bryant St., designed Glanckopf's $500 red skirt and $200 black top. The skirt was hand-painted with black, abstract splashes by local artist and Palo Alto Art Commissioner Laura Deem. To glam up the outfit, Glanckopf also wore Swarovski Crystal jewelry, worth nearly $500. "I am not a rhinestone lady, but tonight's a special night. It's a dream to be wearing an outfit that was entirely designed here in Palo Alto," Glanckopf said of the $1,000-plus get-up. And just like a dream, everything must be returned. "It's not mine. But I loved wearing it for a night," she said. The Peninsula Stroke Association fundraising event, "Rhythm of Autumn," was held at the Community School of Music and Arts on the Palo Alto/Mountain View border and drew nearly 200 people. And all food, which was served as a "strolling supper," was also local, donated by Palo Alto merchants, including Ming's Restaurant, Indochine, Buca de Beppo, and Vino Locale.
TEENS 'PARTY LIKE BARACK' ON YOUTUBE ... Ever tried to "party like Barack"? According to a music video made by Palo Alto residents Sean Quirk and Jannik Pinnau, a partying Obama would visit Foothills Park and Stanford University. The video shows Quirk and Pinnau rapping about Obama and his policies at these locations and others around Palo Alto. After volunteering with a pro-Barack group, Quirk decided this summer to make "something that could reach thousands," he said. He and Pinnau posted their work — including scenes at Gunn High School, and one where George Bush is chased through the streets of Barron Park — on Youtube under the name "Party like Barack: Obama Boyz." It's at http://youtube.com/watch?v=MHqg_g8lq10.
ILLEGAL PARKING ON SWEEP DAY NOT ENFORCED ... With the numerous demands on the Palo Alto Police Department, it just isn't able to enforce parking restrictions in additional areas of the city on street sweeping days, Chief Lynne Johnson announced recently. In 2005, the city began restricting curbside parking for one hour a week in the area between Palo Alto and Lytton avenues and Alma and Bryant streets so the street could be cleaned. Deeming the effort a success, the City Council agreed to expand it to other neighborhoods in 2006. College Terrace's "No Parking on Sweep Day" program was slated to begin in July, but the police are too busy to enforce it, Johnson said. Other city staff members are researching other ways to continue the program, a city report states.
SAN FRANCISQUITO CREEK HAS SHARKS? ... Bridgesharks, that is. Two water-propelled generators were installed recently at the Bayshore Drive bridge to prevent branches and other gunk from piling up in front of the bridge supports. Those back ups contribute to flooding and scour away at the base of the supports, according to Brian Braunlich, a business director with Debris Free, the company that installed the sharks for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Still can't picture a shark? Debris Free has a diagram on its Web site: http://www.debrisfree.com/bridgeshark.html.