Category Archives: WhatsHappening

National Night Out (NNO)

National Night Out (NNO) encourages residents to come out and meet their neighbors – at a block party or a city sponsored event.  Build Your Neighborhood Community…
And funding is available for local neighborhood events via a “Know Your Neighbors Grant” (KYN)!!  The city has increased the amount that can be provided to a block to fund the event. The new amount is now $700 and $1200 for a neighborhood event.  Apply for a “Know Your Neighbor Grant” (KYN) at Know Your Neighbors Grant – City of Palo Alto, CA
Please note: “Know Your Neighbor” grants are not just for NNO, they can be used at any time, until city funding runs out.  Everyone loves a party!!! and a KYN grant can be used to cater the event.
NNO is a great opportunity to build community – recruit for your neighborhood association boards/committees or use this opportunity to recruit more Emergency Service Volunteers – Block Preparedness Coordinator’s or CERTs (Community Emergency Response team). BPC class Aug 20th; CERT training start September.  News release from the Palo Alto Police Dept.


Municipal Service Center Open House

The City is hosting an Open House at the Municipal Service Center (MSC) to showcase some of the “behind the scenes” work that we do for the community. Join us on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and bring your family, friends, and neighbors for a fun and educational day that is sure to please people of all ages!


Enjoy demonstrations and displays, delicious food from attending food trucks (Old Greenwood BBQ and Camila’s Tacos), free ice cream from Mister Softee, an electric vehicle expo, music, and other activities. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water containers and consider biking, walking, carpooling, or taking transit for your health and the environment.


What is 3rdThursday Cal Ave?

Come down and join in the fun, walk around, meet friends and listen, eat, drink :  May 16, June 20, July 18

3rdThursday Cal Ave is a free, monthly, year-round music festival, great food and drink. Local bands perform along pedestrian- and bikes-only CAL Ave from 6-9pm.  The festival atmosphere brings the community together in a joyous way on Palo Alto’s California Avenue in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Rail Grade Separation Upcoming Conversations

The City is studying alternatives to improve traffic circulation and increase public safety at the seven railroad track crossing that are at grade level to people and vehicles. City Council is hosting a Study Session on the Rail Grade Separation project on Monday, April 29. The Rail Committee is tentatively scheduled to meet again on May 23 and the City Council is tentatively scheduled to narrow rail grade separation alternatives at Charleston Rd. and Meadow, plus Seale Ave. as the preferred crossing for bicycles and pedestrians, advancing recommendations to the preliminary engineering and environmental documentation phase in June 10. Attend and participate in these upcoming meetings, learn more, and share your feedback to help guide the decision-making process at