Around the blockMAYOR'S CHALLENGE ... There's still time to sign up for this Sunday's Mayor's Challenge, Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh's table tennis fest. Yeh hopes to bring Palo Alto neighborhoods together for fun and to foster more resident-to-resident connections. The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at five locations: Palo Alto Family YMCA, Cubberley Community Center, Jordan Middle School, Terman Middle School and the Campus for Jewish Life. The event is open to City of Palo Alto residents, all Palo Alto school-district students, and those who commute to work in Palo Alto. Information and registration is available at www.ymcamayorschallenge.org.
SPEAKING OF WHOM ... Mayor Yiaway Yeh will be the guest speaker at the College Terrace Residents' Association General Meeting this Saturday, March 24. The meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m. at Escondido Elementary School, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford.
LEADING 'Z' WAY ... The City of Palo Alto has started a program that aims to help residents become Zero Waste block leaders — "experts" who can answer their neighbors' recycling and reuse questions; supply information on ways to reduce one's garbage to almost zero; disperse information about upcoming Zero Waste events and issues; and foster neighborhood waste-reduction efforts. The program was started in response to residents' requests for local contacts to help understand what can and can't be recycled, said Wendy Hediger, the city's Zero Waste program coordinator. The first meeting was held Thursday, March 22. More information is available by emailing email@example.com or calling 650- 496-5910.
PET DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EVENT ... "Disasters happen. Are you ready?" That's the theme of a special event taking place at Palo Alto Animal Services on Friday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Securing and preparing for one's pet's well-being should be part of every resident's preparedness plan, neighborhood emergency-preparedness leaders say. Pet licensing, microchipping and other information for how to secure pets in a disaster will be available at the event, which takes place at 3281 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Information is available by calling 650-496-5971.
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