Local teens plan 'Hit the Lights' event Saturday

Lucie Stern dance aimed at local teens, features black lights, lasers, student DJs, food

Palo Alto teens are invited to a dance with black lights, lasers, games, food and student DJs Saturday, March 31, at Lucie Stern Community Center.

"Hit the Lights," described as an "all-encompassing event," is sponsored by the Palo Alto Teen Advisory Board, a city-sponsored group charged with "representing and supporting the diverse voices of the Palo Alto community."

The group meets biweekly to plan events for high school students and help run events for middle school students.

"After hearing concerns that the Palo Alto youth were overwhelmingly stressed, the advisory board began planning a night high schoolers in Palo Alto would never forget," the advisory board said in a press release.

Supported by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, "Hit the Lights" is open to all high school students who live or go to school in Palo Alto.

"The event features a dance floor equipped with lasers and black lights that are provided by Tribal Existance, known for their recent work at the Grammys. Along with state-of-the-art audio and lighting equipment, the dance floor will also be a platform for three student DJs from Palo Alto to perform.

"Along with dancing, 'Hit the Lights' features a game room, a lounge and food served from Palo Alto's finest restaurants."

Saturday's event starts at 8 p.m. and is open to all current high school students in Palo Alto. Tickets, at $5, can be purchased at the front desk of Lucie Stern Community Center and in T-2 at Cubberley Community Center or by emailing

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by JLS parent
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I'm confused. Is the dance "aimed at all local teens" or "open to all current high school students in Palo Alto" ?

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Posted by terryg
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I'm pretty sure it's high school students in Palo Alto but you could email them and ask at

Also I saw it posted here and it says "teen event for high school students in Palo Alto"

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Posted by paly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

This seems like a great event! If I can remember correctly, they also put on 'Ignite' last year, and my son said he loved it. Looking forward to hearing about the response.

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Posted by Mom of 3
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Why would this event be planned during PAUSD's Spring Break?

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Posted by Sylvia Sanders
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 27, 2012 at 6:56 am

Thank you for organizing this event for our teens.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Great idea, terrible timing. Please hold this event again when all the teens will be in town. Our family and many others are going away for Spring Break. My high school freshman has been looking for events like this to attend and this is an excellent solution for teens, especially those who don't drive, who want to hang out with their friends but not at home with their parents.

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Posted by Teen Advisory Board
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

We agree that its a great idea! The problem was finding a date that worked with the Lucie Stern Community Center, Teen Advisory Board, and the City of Palo Alto. The next available date for this event would have been in May, which would have coinciding with AP testing as well as graduation. Next year, we will definitely take your concerns and change the date to a more convenient time. We still expect to see all the kids that are in Palo Alto during spring break at the dance!
Palo Alto Teen Advisory Board.

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Posted by terryg
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I think it's great that the Teen Advisory Board and the City are doing this for the teens. I'm sure it will be fun.

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Posted by paulson
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

My daughter is really excited to go! Palo Alto should have more teen-focused events, like other cities. This is a great step forward, and props to the city and the advisory board for making it happen.

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Posted by beer cans
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

Lots of beer cans on the ground the morning after, all around the park and walkways.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

Beer Cans, perhaps it is someone's idea of an April Fool's Day prank!

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