ARE YOU PREPARED? … The next series of training classes for Block Preparedness Coordinators begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 796 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (Jamplis Building, 3rd floor, Conference Room AF). The evening begins with an introduction to the program, followed by 7 p.m. damage assessment and 8 p.m. communications (participants are asked to bring an FRS radio if possible). Cost is $5 for materials. Radio 101 Training will be offered on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Creekside Inn, 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Taught by Lydia Kou and Palo Alto police Officer Ken Dueker, the class for Block Preparedness Coordinators will cover FRS radio basics and will include an activation and drill outside the classroom. (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.) Information: www.paneighborhoods.org/ep; email RSVP to email@example.com
THE TREES AMONG US … Matt Ritter, botany professor and author of "A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us," will be giving a free tree talk at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto, on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Ritter, who recently called Palo Alto's urban forest "the best in the Bay Area for diversity and maturity," will talk about local trees featured in his new book. Information: Space is limited, and RSVPs can be made at http://canopytrees.eventbrite.com/
pstyle:newitem>IT'S C-O-M-I-N-G … Previewing this year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch is a Candlelight Cocktails benefit for the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (for Advocate-level members, $250+, or above) on Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Specialty drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley. Information: www.paacf.org
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