It was a year when...
...a plane crashed onto an East Palo Alto street, causing panic as people searched for loved ones (right);
...members of the community huddled around their TVs on a Tuesday night in November, anxiously checking the results of the Midterm elections and waiting to hear who would be California's next governor (below);.
...the death of anti-drug leader David Lewis in June sent shockwaves throughout area, bringing people together to honor his life, denounce the violence and work to carry on his vision(opposite page, top).
It was a year when ordinary people, taking ordinary actions, brought life to Palo Alto and surrounding communities:
The women's group The Rebekahs offered a rare glimpse into the often-hidden world of service clubs, holding a public meeting dressed in shimmering formal gowns at the Palo Alto Masonic Temple (below right);
Eager students — covered in trash bags, gloves, booties and painter's hats — expressed their creativity and their school's core values through colorful murals at Walter Hays Elementary School (top right).
Physical therapists provided care for the area's pets at Scout's House in Menlo Park (middle right).
A lone jogger, Eunhee Kim, took to the Stanford Dish trail for a run on a drizzly March afternoon bottom right.
And members of the Channing House harmonica club in Palo Alto gathered to play their instruments on a Saturday morning and enjoy each others' company (above).