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Palo Alto to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Area observes holiday this Monday with local events, changes to transportation services

This Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will affect local and regional transportation services throughout the Palo Alto area. We've compiled a list of agencies and their schedules during the federal holiday, plus events honoring the civil rights leader.

City services:

• Palo Alto libraries: All branches will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20.

• City of Palo Alto: All administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20.

Federal offices:

• U.S. Postal Service: Post office locations nationwide will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20.


• Caltrain: Caltrain will run on a modified schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, Jan. 20. Under the modified schedule, one train will run to and from Gilroy and two bullet trains in both directions between the San Jose Diridon station and San Francisco. For more information, visit

• SamTrans: SamTrans will operate a regular, non-school day schedule on Monday, Jan. 20. Bus routes that primarily service local schools will not be operating on Monday. For more information, visit

• Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority: VTA will run regular service on Monday, Jan. 20. For more information, visit

Things to do:

• Lee T. Bycel speech: Rabbi Lee T. Bycel, visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and author of "Refugees in America: Stories of Courage, Resilience, and Hope in Their Own Words," talks about the refugee experience and the connections and insights gained from Martin Luther King Jr. and his activism during the civil rights movement. The event will be held in Room E-104, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto on Sunday, Jan. 19, 5-7 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit

• City of Palo Alto MLK event: The city of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.'s lasting legacy through a day of activities. The event will include guest speakers, activities for youth and teens, live music and dance performances from local groups and an exhibition about Stanford University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. The event will be held at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, on Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit

• Caltrain NorCalMLK Celebration Train: The celebration train on Monday, Jan. 20, is a free commemorative service organized by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK), in partnership with Caltrain, for those that wish to attend an annual celebration of King in San Francisco. Caltrain will run the NorCalMLK Celebration Train from San Jose to San Francisco, with stops in Palo Alto (scheduled for 9:55 a.m.) and San Mateo. Attendees must register in advance in order to receive a free ticket. Tickets will be valid for the celebration train and for one southbound Caltrain trip after 1 p.m. on Monday. For more information and tickets for the Celebration Train, visit


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8 people like this
Posted by Prayer Walk
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 19, 2020 at 1:21 pm

There is also a MLK Jr. Prayer Walk. Meet 8.30 at Crossroads Community Church and walk along Middlefield Road to University AME Zion Church and end with celebratory worship.

6 people like this
Posted by Jocelyn Dong
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 19, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for posting that information, @Prayer Walk. For those who don't know, Crossroads Community Church is at Oregon Expressway and Middlefield Road.

1 person likes this
Posted by AP Pellegrini
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Beautiful. Thank you!

2 people like this
Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 19, 2020 at 10:13 pm

You could also watch four NBA games back to back, for ten hours consecutively or parts of all 14 games.

10 people like this
Posted by AP Pellegrini
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2020 at 9:28 am

Mark: Your point?

Have you made similar posts about baseball on the 4th? NFL on Christmas? NFL on Thanksgiving? Hockey or other sports?

1 person likes this
Posted by Roger
a resident of Mayfield
on Jan 20, 2020 at 10:12 am

MLK, thank you for the day off. Enjoying it with my family.

2 people like this
Posted by Hillary
a resident of University South
on Jan 20, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Whatever you are doing today, please take time to remember and reflect on the life of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hopefully with the other people you are spending time with.

You can start with these quotes -- they are still current:

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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