PARTY CITY, USA ... If a food-truck gathering, a campout or a yoga session suddenly pops up in your neighborhood, don't be alarmed. It's just Palo Alto's newest grant program at work. The City Council approved last year a $25,000 grant program for neighborhood looking to throw block parties and other community-building events. According to City Manager James Keene, who on Monday updated the council on the program, a number of events have already occurred thanks to the program, including a block party at Palo Verde, a neighborhood camp in Duveneck/St. Francis, a food social at Johnson Park and a safety fair at Leland Manor. Other events are set to take place later this month, including "Yoga Day," a block party on Emerson Street and a "summer social" spearheaded by the San Antonio Homeowners Association. "A lot of good will and community building is taking place at a very low cost," Keene said.
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