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News - March 15, 2017

Briefs: Menlo Park starts two new, free shuttle routes

The city of Menlo Park has opened two new midday shuttle routes. The shuttles, which are free to use, can hold 20 people, are wheelchair-accessible, and have a rack where riders can put bicycles.

The blue line runs Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and connects downtown Menlo Park, Sharon Heights Shopping Center, Stanford Medical Center, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and downtown Palo Alto.

The red line runs Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and connects the Menlo Park Senior Center (100 Terminal Ave.), the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Menlo Medical Clinics, the Menlo Park Civic Center, Menlo-Atherton High School, the Caltrain station, Crane Place, downtown Menlo Park and Little House.

Go to to see the bus routes and schedules.

Author's Salon

in Sharon Heights

Peninsula Volunteers is hosting its 26th annual Author Salon Luncheon at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, on Sunday, March 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Authors scheduled to participate in a panel discussion are journalist and author Frances Dinkelspiel ("Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California"); novelist Jan Ellison ("A Small Indiscretion"); reporter, columnist and novelist Joyce Maynard ("To Die For," "At Home in the World") and author, legal analyst and investigative journalist Mark Shaw. The event will be moderated by historical fiction author C.W. Gortner ("Marlene").

Peninsula Volunteers runs programs for older people on the Peninsula, including Meals on Wheels, Little House Activity Center and Rosener House Adult Day Services.

Seats are $150 each and sponsored tables start at $2,500.

Go to for more information.

No adoption fees

The Bissell Pet Foundation, a Michigan-based nonprofit, says it will pay adoption fees at 20 Northern California animal shelters on Saturday, March 18.

Adopters will still have to pay licensing fees. The nearest participating animal shelter to the Almanac's coverage area is Pets in Need at 871 Fifth Ave. in Redwood City.

'70 Strong'

for older adults

A new program, called "70 Strong," sponsored by the Sequoia Healthcare District and Peninsula Family Services, is aimed at helping seniors and older adults learn about what local activities and services are available to them.

The program applies to people who live in Atherton, Belmont, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redswood Shores, San Carlos, Woodside and parts of Foster City, Menlo Park and San Mateo.

The program has an online directory containing contact information for health, wellness, fitness, community engagement and home services.

People can meet with program staff in person from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 28, at Little House in Menlo Park, located at 800 Middle Ave., or they can also arrange to have the program staff, called "navigators," come to them.

Go to for more information. Information is also available in Spanish.

Woodside School:

Sherman returns

Bob Sherman, who was assistant principal at Woodside Elementary School from 2002 to 2008, has been named the interim principal at Woodside Elementary School for three months, through May.

He is a native of San Francisco who attended St. Ignatius College Prep, the University of California at Berkeley, and Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont. He has a master's degree in educational administration from San Jose State University.

Rich Gordon named

'water champion'

Rich Gordon can now include the term "water champion" in his resume.

In recognition of his efforts as a state legislator acting in the interests of water conservation, Mr. Gordon, who recently termed out of the state Assembly, was given that title by the Water Conservation Awards Coalition, a Silicon Valley group of public agencies and nonprofits led by Peter Drekmeier, policy director for the Tuolumne River Trust.

Mr. Drekmeier noted two bills authored by Mr. Gordon.

AB 2022 authorizes water purification facilities to prepare small bottles of "advanced" purified recycled water and distribute them for educational purposes and to promote the use of recycled water.

AB 2594 authorizes public agencies to capture storm water runoff in urban areas before it reaches a natural channel and use it, either directly, with conditions, or to recharge groundwater sources.


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