eNews: May 20, 2014

Calendar
May 21   ABC Reader Thank you & Year End Wrap Up;

              PV Volunteer Thank you Tea;

              Restaurant Night

May 22   Proj. Cornerstone: Dance Party!

               Restaurant Night
May 26   Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
May 29   Promotion – 5th graders ;

              Last Day of School – minimum day,

              ICE CREAM SOCIAL at 1:15 pm

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Restaurant Night  May 21, 22
It is time for the last restaurant fundraiser of the school year at California Pizza Kitchen (531 Cowper Street, Palo Alto) on May 21st and 22nd.
CPK will donate 20% of your purchases to our school. Purchases include dine in, take out, catering and beverages.
Flyers will be sent out soon in the Friday folders.


Shop at eScrip merchants & earn all summer long for Palo Verde!

If you haven’t signed up for eScrip yet, please take a few minutes and do so now by visiting  escrip.com/signup . Simply search by our Group Name (Palo Verde PTA) or Group ID (137331259) and follow the registration instructions.

There are many ways to earn, and there is no cost to you!!  

If you are already an eScrip supporter, make sure all your participating grocery club and payment cards are registered and up-to-date.

Remember, to earn, you will want to use your registered cards at every opportunity.
Thank you. We appreciate your time and support!
Questions: contact your eScrip coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com

Fireworks, Soccer, Fun!  San Jose Earthquakes Fundraiser for PV PTA
Join us for a fabulous night of soccer on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.  The San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy right here in our “backyard” – the Stanford Stadium. The Palo Verde PTA will receive $5 for each ticket purchased by a Palo Verde family. What better way to spend a summer Saturday than with soccer, fireworks, your family and your friends! Please look in your child’s Friday folder or in the office for the ticket form. Please return all forms to the office.
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Camp Edmo
Jun 9 – Jul 25 at Palo Verde Elementary
Entering K-4th graders participate in Arts & Science, Animation and Nature activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children’s Creativity Museum & MOCHA. Wacky weeks include Incredible Edibles, Magic & Medieval Times, Critterville and Planet Power. First Time Campers Use Code: FIRSTNEWS14 For $50 Off Your Total! Visit campedmo.org, call 415.282.MORE (6673), or email info@edventuremore.org.
Camp EdTech
Jun 9 – Jul 25 at Palo Verde Elementary
Make what you play. Play what you make.  Entering 5th – 8th graders create android- compatible apps, use hardware and software to control analog components like lights and buzzers, make, direct, edit & star in their own short films and animations, develop 2-D and 3-D video games or express their unique perspective of the world via digital photography. First Time Campers Use Code: FIRSTNEWS14 For $50 Off Your Total!  Visit campedtech.org, call 415.282.MORE (6673), or email info@edventuremore.org.

Children’s Theatre Summer Camps
This program explores theatre through collective creation, story development and improvisation. Students learn about aspects of technical theatre such as set construction, painting, costumes, and make-up.
Various camps consists of Creative Dramatics, Summer Theatre Academy, From Storyboard to Screen, Teen Theatre Lab and Story Acting. Click here to Register and Enroll Online!
Join the YMCA Youth Summer Day Camp!
June 2 – August 8,  9- 4pm (extended care hours available)
For entering grades Kindergarten – 9 grade.  With more than 100 years of camping experience, YMCA camps are a safe and nurturing place where children build self-esteem, leadership skills, and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world around them. For more info : 408-351-2454 and ealmazan@ymcasv.org
College for Kids celebrates 22 years of fun learning this summer!
Mon-Thurs, Jul 7-Jul 24, 1:30-4:30pm, College of San Mateo
This award-winning academic enrichment program for students entering grades 5 through 8 combines the fun of a summer camp with the learning opportunities of a college setting. The popular summer camp encourages youngsters to explore new subjects and develop their skills through hands-on classes in math, sciences, creative arts, robotics, digital media, sports and more.  For more info: www.CollegeForKids-smccd.com or call (650) 574-6149.
Gunn High School Strong Schools Bond Projects
Facilities Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Gunn High School Staff Lounge
The Palo Alto Unified School District will host a Gunn High School Facilities Steering Committee Meeting to review the schematic design of the Central Building Project.
Community Service Opportunity at College for Kids
Summer 2014, College of San Mateo
Join a team of 20 other high-school students working with motivated middle school students in our award-winning summer camp.  Assist teachers and gain hands-on classroom experience in subjects including art, sciences, computers, sports, and math.  Earn community service credits and a certificate upon completion of program. For more : CommunityEd@smccd.edu or (650) 574-6149.
Gunn Spring Choir Concert
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Spangenberg Theatre
Join us for a fantastic musical celebration of this wonderful school year and our fond farewell to the graduating class of 2014. Music will include Handel, Poulenc, Whitacre, Bardos, Stroope, Pentatonix and much more. Tickets on sale at the door or in advance at the Gunn Student Activities Center. $7 Adults, $5 Students. Questions? Email Liz Matchett (lizmatchett@yahoo.com) or Kristen Lee (klee@pausd.org),
Palo Alto City Library presents
Second Annual Splash Into Summer
Sat, June 7 at 11 am – 2 pm / Rinconada Park and Pool, 777 Embarcadero Rd.
For All Ages. Join us for fun, food and games to celebrate the beginning of summer. Pool fees apply if using the pool otherwise all other activities (magician, juggler, child ID) are free.
For News about Sports News and Opportunities
All Sports event news is published on the PTAC web site [ http://info.paloaltopta.org/sports.shtml ] and will not be sent in as part of eNews-blurb bulletin

eNews: May 13, 2014

 Calendar

May 15   Eaglesburg (5th grade)

May 16   Box Top Competition;

               PAUSD DEADLINE: Annual Data Update

May 18   PV International Fair
May 21   ABC Reader Thank you & Year End Wrap Up;

              PV Volunteer Thank you Tea;

              Restaurant Night

May 22   Proj. Cornerstone: Dance Party!

               Restaurant Night
May 26   Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
May 29   Promotion – 5th graders ;

              Last Day of School – minimum day,

              ICE CREAM SOCIAL at 1:15 pm

Palo Verde PTA and School News

It is time for Annual Data Update
The 2014-15 school year is right around that corner.  That means that it’s time to update emergency and health information for all PAUSD students. All students’ information must be updated each year to ensure that the district has current information: emergency contacts, health conditions, and healthcare providers.

This must be completed by 05/16/2014

To complete this process, you will need to access your PAUSD Parent Portal account with your username and password by going to this page:
The International Fair is coming so mark your calendars for Sunday, May 18, 2014 4-6pm!

Find out about the heritage from 10 country and region booths that are represented by the Palo Verde community and enjoy entertainment from:


. Dikshaa Dance Academy – classic Indian dance
. New Century Dance School
 – Chinese folk dance
. Shaolin KungLun International – Martial Arts and a Lion dance

There will be three food trucks including the “Grilled Cheese Bandits,” “Hongry Kong” and “Fairycakes.”

The first 200 Palo Verde Students will be able to pick-up their FREE cupcake from Fairycakes if they receive a stamp in their passport from every country booth at the fair, so don’t miss out!


Restaurant Night  May 21, 22
It is time for the last restaurant fundraiser of the school year at California Pizza Kitchen (531 Cowper Street, Palo Alto) on May 21st and 22nd.
CPK will donate 20% of your purchases to our school. Purchases include dine in, take out, catering and beverages.
Flyers will be sent out soon in the Friday folders.


Shop at eScrip merchants & earn all summer long for Palo Verde!

If you haven’t signed up for eScrip yet, please take a few minutes and do so now by visiting  escrip.com/signup . Simply search by our Group Name (Palo Verde PTA) or Group ID (137331259) and follow the registration instructions.

There are many ways to earn, and there is no cost to you!!  

If you are already an eScrip supporter, make sure all your participating grocery club and payment cards are registered and up-to-date.

Remember, to earn, you will want to use your registered cards at every opportunity.
Thank you. We appreciate your time and support!
Questions: contact your eScrip coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com

Fireworks, Soccer, Fun!  San Jose Earthquakes Fundraiser for PV PTA
Join us for a fabulous night of soccer on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.  The San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy right here in our “backyard” – the Stanford Stadium. The Palo Verde PTA will receive $5 for each ticket purchased by a Palo Verde family. What better way to spend a summer Saturday than with soccer, fireworks, your family and your friends! Please look in your child’s Friday folder or in the office for the ticket form. Please return all forms to the office.
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Let’s Go Crafting Summer Camps

Has your child ever wanted to learn how to sew?  Or knit, or weave?  Does your child already have some of these skills but wants to learn more and explore?  Let’s Go Crafting is a fiber arts school that is owned and operated by long time Palo Alto Parent, Connie Butner.  This school specializes in teaching children 8 years old and up in sewing, knitting, and weaving.  Morning sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00pm and focus on a specific fiber art skill each week.  Camps run weekly from June 9th through August 8th.  See the complete summer schedule at: www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com

Contact information:  Connie Butner – letsgocrafting@gmail.com – 650-814-4183

Let’s Go Crafting Summer Camps

June 9th through August 8th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Knitting, Sewing and Weaving camps for children ages 8 through 15 run by long time Palo Alto parent and avid fiber arts teacher, Connie Butner.  For more information and to register visit www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com, emailletsgocrafting@gmail.com or call 650-814-4183.

PAUSD News

Palo Alto Unified School District Announces Three New Elementary School Principals
Superintendent Kevin Skelly is pleased to recommend to the Board of Education the appointment of Ms. Amanda Boyce as the Principal at Addison Elementary School, Mr. Grant Althouse as the Principal of Fairmeadow Elementary School, and Ms. Louise “Nicki” Smith  as the Principal of Ohlone Elementary School.  The recommendations will be presented at the May 6, 2014, Board of Education meeting.  Ms. Boyce replaces Ms. Jocelyn Garcia-Thome who is moving on to other employment in the South Bay.  Mr. Althouse replaces Mr. Gary Prehn who is retiring.  Ms. Smith replaces Mr. Bill Overton who is retiring.
Ms. Boyce is presently the principal at Stocklmeir Elementary School in the Cupertino Union School District, where she has served for the past two years.  Prior to that work, Ms. Boyce was the assistant principal at the same site.  She has held a variety of leadership positions in Cupertino including district curriculum support teacher, intervention teacher, new teacher mentor, and summer school principal for their Special Education program.  Ms. Boyce commented, “I am honored and excited to be recommended to the Board as Addison Elementary School’s next principal.  As a mother and educator, I appreciate the District’s work to ensure that academic progress is balanced with social and emotional development.  I am eager to get to know the students, staff, and parents of Addison School and look forward to collaborating on a vision that supports the growth of each child.”
Mr. Althouse has been an Assistant Principal at Jordan Middle School for the past two years and was a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) at JLS Middle School the prior year.  Before these roles, Mr. Althouse was a well-respected fifth grade teacher at Addison Elementary School in the District for eight years.  Mr. Althouse also was a student ofWalter Hays Elementary School and Jordan Middle School.  “I’m honored to serve the Fairmeadow community as principal.  I look forward to working alongside our students, teachers, staff, and parents to embrace Fairmeadow’s rich tradition of student-centered instruction, community mindedness, and social-emotional focus,” Mr. Althouse commented on his new position.
Ms. Smith has served as principal for a total of fifteen years at the Stanford Elementary School in East Palo Alto, Slater Elementary School in Mountain View, and Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia.  For the past three and a half years, Ms. Smith has been a Reading Specialist at Ohlone Elementary School.  Ms. Smith shared, “I am really excited about the opportunity to work with the Ohlone community, teachers, parents, and especially the students!”
PTAC News
PTA News
The Jordan PTA is seeking volunteers to co-chair Jordan’s Cotillion.
Entering it’s sixteenth year, the Jordan Cotillion has aided in the social and emotional development of hundreds of Jordan students through etiquette and social dance instruction from Barry Woodruff of Woodruff Dance Studios.
For more info: Shannon Chancellor sbchance@gmail.com or  Sara Woodham sawoodham@gmail.com
The Jordan PTA is seeking volunteers to co-chair Jordan’s Back to School BBQ Dinner.
Be an integral part of community building by co-chairing the Jordan Back to School BBQ Dinner which connects students with their Core group teachers, classmates and families.  The BBQ is a fun-filled, casual dinner staffed by Jordan faculty and administration. For more info: Shannon Chancellor sbchance@gmail.com or  Sara Woodhamsawoodham@gmail.com
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Gunn High School hosting Scratch Day
Saturday, May 17 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Gunn High room N215   Grades 2-8
This is an international event for kids to try some fun programming. There are a total of 32 tickets (we only have 32 seats), and it is first-come, first-serve for students only.  (Grown-ups can join us, but the machines are being reserved for the kids.)  For details, please see http://day.scratch.mit.edu.  If you have interested students who would like tickets, please go to http://is.gd/gunnscratch and register for free.
Palo Alto 3rd Grader Takes on Pooping Cars!
PAUSD parent and filmmaker Vanessa Warheit has launched a new project for kids with her 3rd grade son, Elliot. “Worse Than Poop!” is a funny, animated film for kids about climate change and CO2 pollution from gas-burning cars (aka “the pooping cars movie”). The film will be an engaging curriculum component for PAUSD K-8 students and beyond. For more info Visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1983721999/worse-than-poop
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School of Rock Presents
Rock in the Park
Sat May 17 from 1pm-7pm. at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto,
A FREE family-friendly rock concert on Performed by School of Rock kids aged 7-17, come out, hang out in the sun and enjoy some classic rock music! More info at http://paloalto.schoolofrock.com
Gunn Engineering Night 
Wednesday, May 14   7:00 -9:30 p.m.  Spangenberg Theater
Gunn alumni will be sharing various kinds of work that are available to people with engineering and entrepreneurial skills.  The program will feature over fifteen speakers, in fields ranging from government transparency to transportation to cancer prevention to venture capital to design of computer games and more.  Rajesh Gupta, Chair of the Computer Science & Engineering Department at University of California -San Diego will deliver the kickoff talk.  Details about the speakers and the program can be found at http://gunncs.org/gen.  register at http://tinyurl.com/2014GUNN.
Kids Needed for Paid Stanford Research on Vision and the Brain  Stanford Psychology’s Vision & Perception Neuroscience Lab seeks healthy children ages 5-7 and 9-11 to take part in a 3-session research study on brain and vision development. Your child will be financially compensated and will also receive a picture of his/her brain. Researchers take the time to discuss the significance of their work in understanding brain function.  To learn more, visit: http://vpnl.stanford.edu/Kids.html, or contact: StanfordPerception@gmail.com
World Water Monitoring Challenge
Friday May 9, 4-6 PM Bol Park
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the creeks that run through your neighborhood? Or the watershed in which you live? Or maybe discover some creek wildlife and learn what you can do to protect these important ecosystems? We’ll be hosting a World Water Monitoring Challenge and we’re looking for volunteers to help us do simple water quality tests on Matadero Creek. Register by clicking here or go to www.acterra.org
Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club (PACPC) and Paly Parents in Chinese Present
How to get your kids to communicate with you and take your advices?
May 16, Friday at 7pm, Paly Library ERC Room
Susan Stone Belton will teach you new parenting tips and tools that will make your kids want to communicate with you, take in your advice and turn your household into a joyful place. Also, please don’t hesitate to send us other parenting questions you like Susan to touch upon during her talk.  Sign up using Event Signup Form
For News about Sports News and Opportunities
All Sports event news is published on the PTAC web site [ http://info.paloaltopta.org/sports.shtml ] and will not be sent in as part of eNews-blurb bulletin
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eNews: May 6, 2014

Calendar

May  6   Talent Show

May  7   PTA Coffee;  Site Council;  

              ABC Reader Training: Book 8
May  8    Noon Art

May 15   Eaglesburg (5th grade)

May 16   Box Top Competition;

               PAUSD DEADLINE: Annual Data Update 

May 18   PV International Fair
May 21   ABC Reader Thank you & Year End Wrap Up;

              PV Volunteer Thank you Tea;

              Restaurant Night 

May 22   Proj. Cornerstone: Dance Party!

               Restaurant Night
May 26   Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
May 29   Promotion – 5th graders ;

              Last Day of School – minimum day,  

              ICE CREAM SOCIAL at 1:15 pm  

Palo Verde PTA and School News

THANK YOU!

Palo Verde families and teachers, thank you so much for supporting Kids Notecard Fundraiser. I believed everyone got their order by now. I was amazed by every art piece our kids made. I hope your family would enjoy it too. 
Best, 
volunteer Notecard fundraise 
Junghee Hsieh

It is time for Annual Data Update
The 2014-15 school year is right around that corner.  That means that it’s time to update emergency and health information for all PAUSD students. All students’ information must be updated each year to ensure that the district has current information: emergency contacts, health conditions, and healthcare providers.

This must be completed by 05/16/2014

To complete this process, you will need to access your PAUSD Parent Portal account with your username and password by going to this page:

The International Fair is coming so mark your calendars for Sunday, May 18, 2014 4-6pm!

Find out about the heritage from 10 country and region booths that are represented by the Palo Verde community and enjoy entertainment from:


. Dikshaa Dance Academy – classic Indian dance
. New Century Dance School
 – Chinese folk dance
. Shaolin KungLun International – Martial Arts and a Lion dance

There will be three food trucks including the “Grilled Cheese Bandits,” “Hongry Kong” and “Fairycakes.”

The first 200 Palo Verde Students will be able to pick-up their FREE cupcake from Fairycakes if they receive a stamp in their passport from every country booth at the fair, so don’t miss out!

Restaurant Night  May 21, 22

It is time for the last restaurant fundraiser of the school year at California Pizza Kitchen (531 Cowper Street, Palo Alto) on May 21st and 22nd
CPK will donate 20% of your purchases to our school. Purchases include dine in, take out, catering and beverages.
Flyers will be sent out soon in the Friday folders.


Shop at eScrip merchants & earn all summer long for Palo Verde!

If you haven’t signed up for eScrip yet, please take a few minutes and do so now by visiting  escrip.com/signup . Simply search by our Group Name (Palo Verde PTA) or Group ID (137331259) and follow the registration instructions.

  

There are many ways to earn, and there is no cost to you!!  

If you are already an eScrip supporter, make sure all your participating grocery club and payment cards are registered and up-to-date.

Remember, to earn, you will want to use your registered cards at every opportunity.

  

Thank you. We appreciate your time and support!
Questions: contact your eScrip coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com

Fireworks, Soccer, Fun!  San Jose Earthquakes Fundraiser for PV PTA

Join us for a fabulous night of soccer on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.  The San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy right here in our “backyard” – the Stanford Stadium. The Palo Verde PTA will receive $5 for each ticket purchased by a Palo Verde family. What better way to spend a summer Saturday than with soccer, fireworks, your family and your friends! Please look in your child’s Friday folder or in the office for the ticket form. Please return all forms to the office.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Wheel Kids Camp for Kids Who Love To Bike!
Wheel Kids Camp helps children (ages 5 – 16) learn skills they need to share the road more safely and legally when bicycling around the area. Starting each day with bike handling, repair, and safety lessons, campers then get on-bike practice as they transport themselves by bicycle to explore community destinations with the group. They’ll enjoy powering themselves to park and natural open spaces, museums, creative professional environments. The camp is led by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor.
  
A short introduction is below and more information can be found at: www.wheelkids.com
 
Wheel Kids is Palo Alto’s premier adventure and exploration summer camp for kids. At Wheel Kids we’re passionate about getting your child outside exploring, learning, growing. Each week offers a wide range of cultural, recreational and environmental learning opportunities, all based on our daily bicycling adventures. No two days are exactly the same – we balance programmed and free time to keep kids challenged while also letting them discover their own interests and passions. To promote this we strive to:
*  Teach safe bicycle riding skills & habits
*  Build confidence and self-esteem
*  Improve cycling skills and cycling etiquette
*  Encourage kids to consider their bikes as viable means of transportation
*  And have FUN in a unique activity-oriented camp experience
 
Wheel Kids is dedicated to letting kids be kids and doing the things they love to do:
*  Ride – we teach them how, we teach them new skills, we ride along with them
*  Explore – we guide them to places they’ve never been and to experiences they’ve never had
*  Learn – we provide opportunities to gain new skills and new interests and encourage hands-on immersion in everything we do
*  Grow – we give them just enough autonomy to allow them a sense of self-guided accomplishment and self-confidence
 
Our goal is to get your child excited about cycling and begin a life-long journey of health and fitness while helping improve our environment! Come ride with us!
Click here for more info.

The Palo Alto Art Center presents
Youth Art  Apl 27 – May 18,
Youth Art showcases artwork produced by students from kindergarten through high school within the Palo Alto Unified School District. This year’s show, The Arts and the Creation of Mind, is dedicated to the ideas of Elliot Eisner, a leader in the field of arts education.
 
The Palo Alto Art Center presents
Cultural Kaleidoscope  Apr 27 – May 25, 2014.
Cultural Kaleidoscope is a unique artist-in-the-schools program building bridges through the arts. By partnering two K-5 classrooms from PAUSD and Ravenswood City School District to foster connections between students of diverse backgrounds, Cultural Kaleidoscope transcends traditional classroom instruction, providing engaging cross-cultural arts education. This exhibition showcases artwork produced in the residencies, featuring artwork in a wide range of media inspired by world cultures.
 
Bay Area Shakespeare Camp!
Jun 16-27, 2014 , weekdays, 9-3, First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue.
The 2 sessions (Shakespeare Players for ages 7-13 and Upstart Crows for ages 12-18) take place concurrently at this location.  Have fun with your friends this summer while learning all about the world of Shakespeare and theater!. Shakespeare Camp provides a complete theatrical experience that includes training and development in voice and movement, acting and improvisation, stage combat, costuming and design, and performance!For info visit www.sfshakes.org

Bicycle Boulevard Projects Outreach Bike-Along Rides
The City of Palo Alto is hosting four bike-along rides to help introduce and solicit information on proposed Bicycle Boulevard projects.  Each of the Saturday rides will include a bicycle tour of proposed project sites with stops at key locations to allow residents an opportunity to provide input on improvements to be presented at future community meetings. Please note that many of these streets include PAUSD school commute routes. PAUSD families are invited to participate.  For specific times, a map of each ride and more details, go to http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/40079

Palo Alto City Library presents
*May Appy Hour
Wed, May 7 (1st Session at 3:30 pm, 2nd Session at 5 pm) at  Parents Place, 200 Channing Avenue
Enjoy some mocktails and kid-friendly appetizers as you play with Tangible Play’s Beta games for kids. Tangible Play is changing the way we use iPads to educate our kids. Their breakthrough product opens up a new era of multi-sensory apps that enable both a hands-on and social play experience. Ages: For grades K-5. *Space is extremely limited so please do not register unless you are absolutely coming!
Register at:
 
Kids Love Writing Presents
Adventures in Writing Camp
Jun 16 – Jun 27, 9to 3pm, at Addison Elementary School.

Help your child become a better writer!  Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help your child fall in love with writing this summer! This two week program at nearby Addison Elementary School allows campers entering grades 2-6 to write, edit, and publish their own eBook under the guidance of professional authors.  Common Core aligned lessons are delivered as songs, and new writing skills are practiced through games, theater and songwriting. For more info: www.kidslovewriting.org

InnVision Shelter Network presents
Parent Empowerment Program
Sat, Apr 26, 10am-3pm The Opportunities Service Center, 33 Encina Ave., Palo Alto
A one-day parenting workshop aimed at improving parent-teen relationships and fortifying our youth to resist substance abuse. This one-day class provides parents with the information and techniques to strengthen family bonds and create happier, healthier futures for families.  The class is FREE and lunch will be provided for attendees. For more info: www.ivsn.org
 
Palo Alto City Library presents
Going Green: Fabulous Dishes, No Shopping Required
Wed, Apr 30 at 7 pm at Downtown Library, 270 Forest Avenue
Learn innovative ways to rework your leftovers to create delicious new meals. You’ll also learn a variety of tips to help you prevent waste through better planning and storage. Cooking demo, food samples and a raffle are included! Ages: 12+ years old and up. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6715
 
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents
Transitions: Human Connections
Thu Apr 24,at 7:00pm The Little Theatre at Henry M. Gunn High School
The Palo Alto Teen Arts Council and Gunn High School present an evening of original student works inspired by themes from Tobias Wolff’s Old School.  Join us for a discussion of the novel as well as an exploration of human connections and life changes.
 
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre with the Palo Alto City Library presents
Knowing Your True Self: Values Under Pressure
Wed Apr 30, at 7:00pm Cubberly Community Center, Room A-6, 4050 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Join us for a special live theatre presentation based on the Tobias Wolff novel Old School. Afterwards, audience members will have the opportunity to join a reflective discussion around some of the main themes of his novel, including the ideas of identity and integrity.
 
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents
An Evening with Tobias Wolff
Wed May 7, at 8:00pm Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Join us for an engaging exploration of local, award-winning author Tobias Wolff’s novel Old School. This very special event will feature original short films, an exhibition of student works which respond to the novel, and a conversation with Tobias Wolff. 
 
Palo Alto City Library presents
Going Green: Green Shopping
Wed, May 14 at 7 pm Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Learn how to refresh your wardrobe without wasting money or resources. We will share shopping secrets on finding fabulous clothes and accessories. Audience: For Adults only!   Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6912
 
Palo Alto City Library presents
Parenting Program: The Last Minute Kid
Thu, May 1 at 7 pm  at Lucie Stern Community Center
Raising a successful adult is one of the major goals of parenting. Learn to help your child or teen set realistic goals, timelines and boundaries so that the “last minute kid” does not become “the last minute adult”. Audience: For Adults ONLY  Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6876
 
Palo Alto City Library presents
Parenting Program: Positive Life and Body Image for Teens
Thu, Jun 5 at 7 pm at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
For many people, especially people in their teens, body image can be closely linked to self-esteem. Family life can sometimes influence our body image. We will focus on raising confident, happy, and healthy teens! Audience: For Adults ONLY  Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6931
 
The Palo Alto Art Center
Youth Art

and Cultural Kaleidoscope opening celebration 
Wed, Apr 30, 4:30-7:00 p.m.  

Celebrate both exhibitions in a creative atmosphere with hands-on art activities for all ages. Opening Remarks: 6:00 p.m.

 
The Palo Alto Art Center presents
Youth Art
Apl 27 – May 18,
Youth Art showcases artwork produced by students from kindergarten through high school within the Palo Alto Unified School District. This year’s show, The Arts and the Creation of Mind, is dedicated to the ideas of Elliot Eisner, a leader in the field of arts education.
 
The Palo Alto Art Center presents
Cultural Kaleidoscope
Apr 27 – May 25, 2014.
Cultural Kaleidoscope is a unique artist-in-the-schools program building bridges through the arts. By partnering two K-5 classrooms from PAUSD and Ravenswood City School District to foster connections between students of diverse backgrounds, Cultural Kaleidoscope transcends traditional classroom instruction, providing engaging cross-cultural arts education. This exhibition showcases artwork produced in the residencies, featuring artwork in a wide range of media inspired by world cultures.

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