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News - June 21, 2013

Around the block

KNOW THY NEIGHBORS ... The City of Palo Alto's pilot neighborhood grants program has been inundated with applications, according to the city. The $25,000 program gives neighborhood groups up to $1,000 to fund events and projects that help foster a sense of community. Grant recipients have included a block party at Palo Verde Elementary School to build emergency-preparation kits, a week-long neighborhood camp in the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood ending with a block party, a Downtown North food-truck social at Johnson Park, and a crime prevention and safety fair in Leland Manor. Upcoming events include Palo Alto Yoga Day on Friday, June 21, at Rinconada Park, an Emerson Street block party on Sunday, June 23, and a summer social on June 29 in the San Antonio Road neighborhood. The city expects to have awarded all grants by mid-summer, with events continuing through the fall. More information is available by visiting the city's website at

CHILLIN' WITH CHILI ... Got a burning desire for chili? Palo Alto will hold the 32nd Annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off on Thursday, July 4, from noon to 5 p.m. at Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive. The chili tasting begins at 1:30 p.m. While there, anyone with a hankering for emergency rescue lessons can meet neighborhood folks who are involved in the city's Emergency Services Volunteer Program. They'll have their own booth. A list of upcoming emergency-training classes can be viewed at, then click on the "calendar" link.

MOVING PIECES OF HISTORY ... The Palo Alto Historical Association archives have relocated to temporary quarters at the Cubberley Community Center, Room H5, due to closure of the Main Library for renovation. Historian Steve Staiger will continue to staff the archives on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The Palo Alto Historical Association builds and maintains the collection on behalf of the City of Palo Alto, which owns the material. Visitors to the archives will share a room that is occasionally used for city Human Resources training.

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