Eclipse viewing options, Atherton supports troops, Caltrain fare increases and low-cost pet adoptions – The Mercury News

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COMING UP

• From midnight until 10 a.m. Saturday there will be a “Search & Rescue & Wild-land Fire Evacuation Exercise” in the area of Huddart Park and the Phleger Estate in Woodside, according to a notice from San Mateo County. Members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, CalFire, Woodside Fire Protection District, San Mateo County Parks, Mid Peninsula Open Space District, National Parks Service, CERT members from around San Mateo County and the large-animal evacuation group will be participating. No impact to traffic is expected around the exercise area, but county officials ask for people to use caution and watch for emergency personnel who may be transitioning through the area. If you have any questions about the exercise, email admin.esb@gmail.com.

• Stanford University’s annual Football Open House will take place from 2:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday , kicking off with an open practice at the Elliott Practice Field beginning about 2:45 p.m., followed by a one-hour autograph session with the players. The free, family-friendly event will include photo booths, face painting, merchandise and Stanford football posters. 

• The 11th annual Downtown Block Party will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park with live music, kids activities and food, followed by a movie on a large inflatable screen. This year, the theme is “Menlo on the Move” with local businesses hosting information booths on electric transportation and a chance to test drive the newest technology. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and stay for a screening of animated, G-rated feature film “Cars” (2006), which will screen on the Paseo along Curtis Street at 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Matt Milde at 650-325-2818 or mlmilde@menlopark.org.

• The Santa Clara Bead & Design Show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Santa Clara Marriott (2700 Mission College Blvd.). There will be 200 artisan shops under one roof.

• The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is to participate in the third annual pet adoption drive, Clear the Shelters, on Saturday, Aug. 19. PHS/SPCA Communications Manager Buffy Martin Tarbox said, “We are offering ‘name your own adoption fee’ for any of the animals at our shelter available for adoption.” Tarbox said the shelter will still follow “all of our usual adoption procedures, which are designed to ensure the match is both good for the humans and the animals.” She said the shelter has more than 100 animals available for adoption, including “kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, bunnies, small animals, birds, reptiles and more.” The event is planned for 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. at the Lantos Center for Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. PHS/SPCA is partnering with NBC Bay Area and Telemundo for the event. For more information, visit nbcbayarea/cleartheshelters.com.

• A free cooking event at the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) intends to answer the question of whether Filipino food can be vegan, healthy and delicious without losing its soul, to which cook RG Enriquez responds with an emphatic yes. Enriquez, who runs the food blog Astig Vegan, in a demonstration will take attendees along step by step as she prepares her own take on the classic Filipino soup, Nilaga, which traditionally incorporates beef and fish sauce. Her no-oil, veganized version uses only vegetables. “Filipino Cooking, Vegan-Style” takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the downstairs program room of the library (800 Alma St.). For more information, contact John Weaver at 650-330-2501 or jnweaver@menlopark.org.

• SamTrans is holding a series of meetings to seek community outreach on the draft Dumbarton Corridor Study report, which will be released Aug. 15. The study contains recommendations to address traffic congestion and create new transit alternatives along the corridor between Alameda County and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, with a focus of improving traffic circulation along the corridor through restoration of the Dumbarton Rail Bridge to support trains. It also addresses improvements to Highway 84 to allow increased bus service. Five meetings will occur on the Peninsula:
• East Palo Alto Library/City Hall Community Room (2415 University Ave.) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16;
• County of San Mateo Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting at San Mateo City Hall (330 West 20th Ave.) at 7 p.m. Aug. 17;
• North Fair Oaks Community Council meeting at Fair Oaks Community Center (2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City) at 7 p.m. Aug. 24;
• Menlo Park City Council meeting inside Council Chambers (701 Laurel Street) at 7 p.m. Aug. 29;
• Redwood City Complete Streets Advisory Commitee meeting at Redwood City City Hall (1017 Middlefield Road) at 6 p.m. Sept. 12.

ON THE SUNNY SIDE

• A total solar eclipse will pass over North America on Aug. 21 and be visible to Bay Area residents at 9:01 a.m. Residents are advised never to look directly at the sun. Palo Alto is offering residents the chance to make their own pinhole projectors Aug. 20. There will be a Maker Sunday program for all ages at the Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road. The library will also have an eclipse viewing party where glasses with special solar filters will be provided before the library opens. The viewing itself will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the library’s courtyard. The party — complete with a live stream feed of the eclipse, pinhole projectors and refreshments — is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Midtown Room. The Menlo Park Library will have a viewing event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 800 Alma St. at the library’s entrance plaza. Free snacks and safety glasses will be provided. Those who miss the morning viewing, or those who want to see the full eclipse, can join the library for a “re-viewing” and discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the same day. Organizers say the “re-viewing” allows residents to watch the “sky event of the decade” in its totality since viewing the total solar eclipse in real time isn’t possible from the Bay Area. 

MEETING ALERTS

• The Mid-Peninsula branch of the American Association of University Women plans a meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City. Refreshments will be served. According to spokesperson Mary Ann Miotto, the branch has been sponsoring a group of local eighth-grade girls to attend a Tech Trek summer camp at Stanford University. “Our branch has been doing this for several years,” said Miotto. “At the September event the girls will share some of their week’s experiences exploring STEM activities.” The meeting is open to the public. For more information, visit https://sancarlos-ca.aauw.net/.

DID YOU KNOW?

• Want to learn to write your life memoir? Phyllis Butler teaches a class on how to do that on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Menlo Park’s Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Cost is $20 for drop-in, or $60 for a series of four classes. For more information, call Butler at 650-326-0723, or Little House at 650-326-2025.

THUMBS UP

• The Atherton City Council in July adopted a resolution authorizing the adoption of Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 1st Brigade, and 101st Airborne Division. It is part of America Supporting Americans, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that links military units to communities across the country. ASA initiated its Adopt a Unit program in 1967 when the City of San Mateo adopted 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army as it was deployed in Vietnam. The Adopt a Unit program included the sending of letters and care packages from the persons in San Mateo to the unit as it was deployed. Atherton’s town administration and the Atherton Police Department have participated in this program in the past. The Atherton Police Department is seeking donations of Baby R’ Us gift cards for families with soldiers who are returning home from a tour in Africa. Email Detective Jason Bollendorf for more information, at jbollendorf@ci.atherton.ca.us.

THUMBS DOWN

Caltrain’s board of directors at its Aug. 3 meeting approved increases to fares and parking fees, citing record-setting ridership and an aging diesel system for the higher fees. Effective Oct. 1, adult zone fares will rise by 25 cents; the fares last increased, by 50 cents, in February 2016. Also effective Oct. 1, monthly parking prices will rise from $55 to $82.50; they last increased, from $50 to $55, in June 2016. Go Passes will increase from $190 to $237.50 starting Jan. 1, 2018; and to $285 on Jan. 1, 2019. The board also eliminated the discounted eight-ride ticket. According to a Caltrain statement, even with the fare increases, the agency will need to spend $8 million in reserves to maintain operations in 2018; and additional $7 million in reserves would be spent in 2019. For more information, visit http://bayareane.ws/2vXbJb7.

SCHOOL NEWS

• Most schools are opening on Monday on the Peninsula. The Los Altos Police Department has issued a notice to remind drivers to be extra careful in the increased traffic, and offered these tips:

  • Drivers are encouraged to leave earlier than usual to accommodate increased commute time;
  • Observe posted speed limits, especially 15 mph school speed zones;
  • Watch for crossing guards around most elementary schools who will be stopping traffic so children can safely cross the street;
  • When dropping off children, please do so in designated school drop-off areas;
  • Remain patient during any travel delays and remember the goal is for everyone to arrive at their destination safely.

For more tips, visit http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances/Pages/BackToSchoolSafety.aspx.

• The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has awarded Foothill College $250,000 to create an inclusive makerspace community, provide internships, and develop curriculum to prepare students with innovation and entrepreneurial skills, reports college spokesperson Vanessa Smith. Twenty-four colleges received funding to participate in the CCC Maker initiative and collaborate across the state, she said. “Makerspace community members collaborate and teach others, enabling students, faculty and business owners to interact in ways not possible in the classroom, enriching students’ education,” said Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker Statewide Project Manager. “Faculty members are discovering how making, entrepreneurship and projects for social good can be incorporated into their teaching. Students benefit from freely exploring their interests while learning to use laser cutters, art supplies, electronics labs, sewing machines, milling machines and many other creative tools.” The Krause Center for Innovation will host the makerspace at Foothill. Learn more about CCC Maker at http://cccmaker.com/.



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