NEIGHBORHOOD ANNUAL MEETINGS ... The groundhog may have ducked back into his home for a few more weeks, but the Barron Park Association and College Terrace Residents Association are inviting their residents to venture forth and meet their neighbors at the associations' annual meetings. Barron Park's meeting features Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns, Fire Chief Eric Nickel and Office of Emergency Services Director Kenneth Dueker on March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Barron Park Elementary School multipurpose room, 800 Barron Ave. Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd will speak at College Terrace's meeting on March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Escondido Elementary School multipurpose room, 890 Escondido Road.
OF LOAVES AND FISHES ... The all-volunteer Neighbors Helping Neighbors group is looking for grocery donations for 130 residents in need. They are looking for healthy, basic goods such as whole grains and rice, nuts, beans, vegetables and fruit. Neighborhoods wanting to take part are asked to email NeighborsHelpingNeighbors2013@gmail.com or call for donations pickup at 650-283-9910.
READ A METER, PREVENT CRIME ... Locked gates often restrict burglars, but the locks also keep city meter readers out. So that residents can lock their side gates, the Palo Alto Utilities Department has a Customer Reads Own Meter program, through which residents can submit their own meter readings online or by mail. For more information on how to properly read a meter and submit information, customers can contact Utilities Department customer service at 650-329-2161.