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News - March 18, 2011

Around the block

QUAKEVILLE 2011 IS COMING ... As images of Japan sear the Bay Area consciousness and local residents wonder if a similar disaster could happen here, Barron Park neighborhood Emergency Prep Coordinator Lydia Kou is organizing two disaster rehearsals. Quakeville, a neighborhood campout/drill attended by 60 people last year at Juana Briones Park, will take place again this year Sept. 10 and 11. Quakeville 2 will occur at two locations: Juana Briones and Rinconada parks. Quakeville simulates a disaster that forces residents to evacuate their neighborhood and set up camp in a nearby park overnight. Search-and-rescue and other scenarios that could occur in a real disaster take place during the event, in conjunction with police, fire and trained community volunteers.

WALKABLE, BIKEABLE ... A community workshop to update the 2003 Bicycle Transportation Plan, which will include a new pedestrian plan, will take place Thursday, March 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Terman Middle School Multipurpose Room, 655 Arastradero Road. Information and the 2003 plan are available at by searching under "Bicycling." A survey will also be available on the website prior to the workshop. Questions may be directed to Rafael Rius, transportation project engineer, at 650-329-2305 or

LAND IN COLOR ... Duveneck/St. Francis Neighborhood Association President Karen White is exhibiting her colorful oil landscape paintings in a solo show at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos, through April 2. Hours are Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OUT OF THE BALLPARK? ... The cell-phone tower debate continues, as residents oppose a proposed 65-foot-tall Verizon Wireless tower with 21 antennas for the Middlefield Little League Field. The City of Palo Alto planning department is expected to make a decision on the permit within a couple of weeks. Information is available from Russ Reich at or 650-617-3119. Opponents' info is posted at

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