SPEAKING OF WHOM ... Mayor Yiaway Yeh will be the guest speaker at the College Terrace Residents' Association General Meeting this Saturday, March 24. The meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m. at Escondido Elementary School, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford.
LEADING 'Z' WAY ... The City of Palo Alto has started a program that aims to help residents become Zero Waste block leaders — "experts" who can answer their neighbors' recycling and reuse questions; supply information on ways to reduce one's garbage to almost zero; disperse information about upcoming Zero Waste events and issues; and foster neighborhood waste-reduction efforts. The program was started in response to residents' requests for local contacts to help understand what can and can't be recycled, said Wendy Hediger, the city's Zero Waste program coordinator. The first meeting was held Thursday, March 22. More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 650- 496-5910.
PET DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EVENT ... "Disasters happen. Are you ready?" That's the theme of a special event taking place at Palo Alto Animal Services on Friday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Securing and preparing for one's pet's well-being should be part of every resident's preparedness plan, neighborhood emergency-preparedness leaders say. Pet licensing, microchipping and other information for how to secure pets in a disaster will be available at the event, which takes place at 3281 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Information is available by calling 650-496-5971.