Government closures, hours for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Local events to honor civil-rights leader slated

Here's a list of service closures and changes, as well as local events on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18.

City of Palo Alto offices: Closed

Garbage pickup: All collection services will remain the same.

Library: All branches will be closed.

Police, fire: Active patrols and response teams are operational; records and administrative services are closed.

Utilities office: Closed; call for emergency services

Palo Alto Unified School District administration and schools: Closed

U.S. Postal Service: All Palo Alto offices will be closed.

Caltrain: Service will operate on regular weekday schedule. See

SamTrans: Service will operate on regular, non-school day schedule. See

Stanford Marguerite: Limited service. The only routes operating will be Line EB, Line HD, Medical Center, Medical Center: Holiday, Line R Research Park, Shopping Express: Special, VA and Line W.

VTA: Buses operate on regular schedule.


Celebrations honoring civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are set to begin Friday. Here is a list of events in the Palo Alto area.

King Institute open house and musical celebration: The King Institute will be hosting two events this week to honor the legacy of Dr. King, including an open house at the King Institute on Friday, Jan. 15 and a musical celebration of the civil rights leader's life on Sunday, Jan. 17. The open house, which will feature an exhibit of King-related photos and documents, will take place 3-5 p.m. Parking is available in parking structure 2 at Panama Street and Via Ortega or nearby surface lots. Parking is free after 4 p.m. Hear social gospel music that inspired Dr. King on Sunday, 3-5 p.m., at Tresidder Memorial Union, Oak Lounge, on the second floor. Parking, which is free on weekends, is available at the Tresidder parking lot.

Celebration Train: The new "Celebration Train", hosted by , the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK) and Caltrain, will make its debut ride up the Peninsula on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The train will provide free service to those attending the MLK2016 celebration event in San Francisco. There will be onboard activities during the ride, according to Caltrain. The train will depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:45 a.m. It will make stops in Palo Alto at 10:05 a.m. and San Mateo at 10:22 a.m. before arriving in San Francisco by 10:55 a.m. There is no special southbound service, but Celebration Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1 p.m. that day, according to Caltrain. For ticket registration, visit

Community-Wide Mitzvah Day: Community members are invited to join hundreds of others in a communitywide day of "tikkun olam" ("repair of the world") to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18. Volunteers can take part in hands-on service projects addressing issues of hunger, housing, homelessness, the environment and more at various locations, including in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Mountain View. Event starts at 8 a.m. For more information, visit, call 650-223-8700 or email

MLK Jr. Family Day of Service: Youth Community Service and the City of Palo Alto is hosting its sixth annual Day of Service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18. The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, and will feature guest speakers, performing groups, educational activities, a children's corner and food trucks and vendors. Information will also be available about community resources and volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit or call 650-858-8019.

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