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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Around the Block Around the Block (February 23, 2005)

CREEK SPEAK . . . Want to know what's going on with the Matadero Creek construction? The Midtown Residents Association is co-sponsoring a meeting with the Santa Clara Water Valley District on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Friends Meeting Hall, 957 Colorado Ave.

PARTIES IN THE PARKS . . . There's plenty of park hoopla scheduled in the next two weeks. On Sunday, Feb. 27 , at 1 p.m. the Midtown Residents Association , city staff and community members will celebrate Hoover Park play area renovations. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be officiated by Mayor Jim Burch and refreshments will be served. Then, on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m., the Palo Alto Heritage Park Grand Opening will be feted at the new park at the corner of Waverley Street and Homer Avenue.

MEET DA MAYOR . . . Speaking of Jim Burch , the new mayor will be meeting and greeting the public at the Palo Alto Cafe on March 2 from 9-10:30 a.m.

ARBOR MONTH . . . If you like trees, you'll love March. Local environmental organization Canopy and the City of Palo Alto will be celebrating arbors for the entire month. On Saturday, March 5 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Kathy Wolf , a research social scientist, will give a free talk on the economic and social benefits of the urban forest at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road. On Saturday, March 12 , Canopy will host a Golf Course Tree Planting at 1 p.m. On Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m., a tree walk will be held at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St. On Saturday, March 19 , from 10 a.m. to noon, a Fungus Fighters Workday will be held at Rinconada Park. The Fungus Fighters program works to extend the life of mature trees by protecting them from invasive ivy and oak root fungus. Volunteers will remove ivy from the base of trees, expose root crowns to kill oak root fungus, and help to maintain a health urban forest. Finally, on Sunday, March 20 , a Street Tree Planting will be held at 9 a.m. For information on any of these events, contact Canopy at (650) 964-6110 or www.canopy.org. Arbor Month is sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly.

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