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HIKE AT COOLEY LANDING ... Adults and children are welcome to participate in a nature hike by Acterra on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. Groups larger than 10 can contact Jessica Sanchez (, 650-701-3044) to check availability. You will go on a nature hike, learn about native plants and functions of the tidal marshes and surrounding areas and help with habitat restoration work at the park. Habitat restoration projects may include removing invasive plants, installing and maintaining native plants, sheet mulching and trash cleanup. Cooley Landing Park is located near Infinity Auto Salvage, 2091 Bay Road, East Palo Alto at the very end of Bay Road. Please bring a reusable water bottle, hat and wear clothes for light outdoor work (sturdy shoes and long pants recommended). We provide gloves, tools, snacks and water. Minors under 18 must bring a waiver form signed by a parent.

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY ... Filoli will hold several workshops and classes focusing on taking photos of gardens and nature with cameras, iPhones and iPads. Register by going to or by calling 650-364-8300 ext. 508. The next class is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 and the next ones after that are June 16 and July 21.

MIXED-USE HOMES CONSTRUCTED ... The City of Palo Alto Development Department reports that several mixed-used projects with new residential units are nearing completion. One, 636 Waverley St., will have residential units on the upper three floors of a four-story building. It is 40 percent complete. Another, at 240 Hamilton Ave., is also four stories, but the bottom three stories will have commercial use with residential only on the top. It is three quarters of the way done. Two projects on El Camino near College Terrace are both nearly halfway done. One, at 2100 El Camino Real, is a two-story, eight-unit multifamily building. The other is at 2500 El Camino Real, and will have 70 residential units, with two buildings connected by a walkway.

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The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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