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News - August 23, 2013

Around the block

MIDTOWN ICE CREAM SOCIAL ... Sunday, Sept. 15, is the date for this year's Midtown Residents Association Ice Cream Social. The annual event takes place at Hoover Park on Cowper Street between 1 and 4 p.m. and includes a book giveaway, ice cream, chili served up by Palo Alto firefighters, snacks and popcorn. The social will have "the scoop" on emergency preparedness, information tables from local service groups, face painting, sand art and children's activities. A fire truck will be on hand. New this year: Midtown businesses the School of Rock, United Studios of Self Defense and Uber Eyes will provide entertainment. At the Diversity Table, residents can share their heritage on a World Heritage map and play the Guess the Culture game to win a prize. Officials from the Palo Alto City Council and Palo Alto Board of Education are expected to attend.

COMING FULL CIRCLE ... Palo Alto High School graduate Maggie McKaig, Class of 1970, will be performing with her husband, Luke, at Monday's Let Freedom Ring! commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at Palo Alto's City Hall at 7 p.m., she said. McKaig, lives in Nevada City and plays in a band, said they were asked to sing the songs that Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary did in 1963. "It will be the first time I've performed in Palo Alto since, I believe, our ninth grade Jordan talent show," she told Paly classmate and Palo Alto Weekly education and youth reporter Chris Kenrick.

BICYCLE BOULEVARD ... A kick-off community meeting regarding the Maybell Bicycle Boulevard will take place on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Juana Briones Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 4100 Orme St., Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto is soliciting public input on design of the proposed Maybell-Donald-Georgia Bicycle Boulevard between El Camino Way and Arastradero Road. The project is proposed in the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan 2012. Residents who cannot attend can submit comments to the city by emailing Rafael Rius at All information shared at the meeting will be posted at A follow-up meeting that incorporates community comments will take place later in autumn.

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