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News - July 22, 2011

Around the block

SPIKE IN BIKE THEFTS ... Crime comes in cycles, and bike thieves have been active in Palo Alto neighborhoods for the past three weeks, Palo Alto Police Detective Sal Madrigal said on Tuesday. Ten thefts occurred between June 27 and July 18, with six incidents July 11 and 12, according to police logs. The thefts have taken place throughout the city. Police advise residents to lock up bicycles and lock garages and gates.

LOST AND FOUND ART ... Palo Alto Parks and Recreation officials uncovered an obscured work of art while renovating Greer Park. The sculpture, "From Sea to Shining Sea," a flat, 21-foot square concrete sculpture using pavement markers and retread tires in abstract designs, was created by artist Joan Zalenski for a sculpture fair in the East Bay in 1982. The piece was loaned to the City of Palo Alto for the park. The city later purchased the work, but it was concealed over time by a eucalyptus grove, according to Midtown Residents Association Vice-Chair Annette Ashton. Art commissioners voted in February to approve funding for a plaque for the artwork.

CIVIC DUTIES, ANYONE? ... A seat on Palo Alto's Library Advisory Commission is available for a term ending on Jan. 31, 2014. The commission meets once a month and is responsible for advising the City Council on a range of matters relating to Palo Alto libraries. Commissioners must be city residents. The application deadline is Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Residents interested in serving on the commission can contact Ronna Jojola Gonsalves at 650-329-2267 or

TREE-CARE SURVEYS ... Throughout Palo Alto neighborhoods, Canopy is offering free classes on young tree-care surveying and care. Trainings and tours of recently planted trees have occurred in Old Palo Alto, Midtown, Palo Verde and Downtown neighborhoods. A tree-pruning workshop will take place Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A tree walk of the Community Center neighborhood will take place Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. starting at the Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St. More information is available from Michael Hawkins, or 650-964-6110, ext. 1.

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