Around the blockMIDTOWN HOSTS PERMITS TALK ... The Midtown Residents Association will hold its 2011 general meeting on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Friends Meeting Hall, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Assistant City Manager Steve Emslie, a fellow Midtown resident, will discuss streamlining the process of applying for city building permits. Emslie will be joined by Chief Building Official Larry Perlin and Blueprint Project Manager Yvonne Sheets-Saucedo to present "Blueprint for Change in the Development Center."
TO PLANT OR NOT TO PLANT? ... The Barron Park Green Team, which promotes tree plantings and other sustainability projects, holds its second meeting of the year on Feb. 14. Members are looking for new Barron Park residents to join in on team efforts. Contact Lynnie Melena at email@example.com.
ARASTRADEO ROAD WORK ... Don't be surprised by delays and pedestrian detours on Arastradero Road. Community-suggested road improvements started Jan. 18. Road work, which is not scheduled during peak commute hours, includes improvements to assist left-turning vehicles at Coulombe Drive and between Donald Drive/Terman Drive and King Arthurs Court, a pedestrian-activated warning system at Clemo Avenue and a speed-reduction kiosk on Arastradero Road.
SENIOR ASSISTANCE VIA CELL PHONES ... Senior center Avenidas is testing a new program to deploy cell-phone carrying volunteers to respond to local seniors' requests for help. To learn about opportunities to see the technology in action, community members may attend a presentation on Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m., hosted in the Avenidas Board Room at 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Interested persons can contact Kari Martell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-289-5427.
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