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News - December 17, 2010

Around the Block

SPREADING THE WORD ... Barron Park resident Lisa Kelly is seeking to fill an information gap when it comes to Gunn High School events. Her family has started an e-mail announcement list for the theater and music departments so friends and neighbors won't miss them. Residents interested in the monthly e-mail notices can sign up at or The spring musical, "Kiss Me, Kate," opens March 18.

ARASTRADERO RESTRIPING ... A repaving and restriping trial program on Arastradero Road that began in August is continuing with additional work. The project is a one-year trial to reduce crashes and speeding and to improve traffic flow and travel times along the corridor and to improve neighborhood access for residents of Green Acres I and II, Palo Alto Orchards and Barron Park. A traffic signal will be modified at Coulombe Drive to enhance left turns for eastbound Arastradero Road traffic. Two new raised-median islands will be added at Arastradero and Clemo Avenue and at Hubbard Drive. The Clemo intersection will have a pedestrian-activated beacon warning system. At Hubbard, the island will have a new sign showing vehicle speeds to encourage slower driving. Other project components include discussions with Caltrans about the El Camino Real traffic-signal operations, Alta Mesa Memorial Park intersection signage and striping improvements and Arastradero roadway marking changes between Donald Drive/Terman Drive and King Arthur Court to improve left turns onto both streets. Community meetings with the City of Palo Alto Transportation Division will take place later in winter.

DONKEY PARADE ...Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m. will kick off the holiday season with the 10th annual Barron Park Donkey Parade and neighborhood party. The Gunn High School Chamber Singers will perform carols. Festivities begin at Bol Park at the corner of Laguna and Matadero. Perry and Niner, the community's beloved donkeys, will lead the parade. A party will take place afterward at Barron Park Elementary School at 3:15 p.m., where the Gunn singers will perform.

Send announcements of neighborhood events, meetings and news to Sue Dremann, Neighborhoods editor, at Or talk about your neighborhood news on Town Square at


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