The Barron Park Association

Apr 242016
 

Barron Park Association celebrated its first Holi Festival on March 26th, 2016. Over 200 people joined in a fun filled warm and sunny afternoon in appealing lush green surroundings of Bol Park to share vibrant colors, laughter and joy to welcome Spring!

Few of the comments we received from our contented visitors say it all:

“Very nice. It was amazing to play Holi in such a fun setting after so many years. Kudos to Barron Park organizing team and everyone else for their spirit”.

“Hello Baron Park community, thanks so much for organizing this Holi get together! We and all our friends and family I talked to thoroughly enjoyed Holi today. Everything was very well done from food to color distribution etc. Please continue involving other Palo Altans in the future years – We promise we will also assist you next time!”

Enjoy the videoclip (courtesy: Mandar Borkar), that captures the joyous moments of the event:

https://youtu.be/U91h14kh3Ew

Apr 072016
 

The Spring issue of the quarterly BPA newsletter, which goes to all residents of Barron Park, just came out. I hope you enjoyed this amazing collection of articles about people, events, and developments in our community. (If you didn’t get it, you can find an electronic copy on this site.)

Are you a member of the Barron Park Association? If yes, you are one of the roughly 450 residents who support the BPA’s many activities and receive all four quarterly newsletters, not just this one.

If you are not a member, you are still benefiting from the BPA’s various community events, such as the May Fête, Movie in the Park, the Meet and Learns, monthly Community Happy Hours, and our cultural diversity events (like the very popular Lunar New Year and Diwali celebrations). You are also benefiting from the BPA’s advocacy on traffic, development, and environmental issues. All of these are just the latest of the continuing activities in the BPA’s over 60 years of community engagement. (Did you know that the BPA was instrumental in creating Bol Park, in ensuring flood control for Barron Park, and other community improvements of lasting change?) The BPA is playing a key role in making our neighborhood fun and safe.

So if you are not a member, we would like to invite you to become one. Just use this site to sign up. Please support your neighborhood association. Almost 10% more of your neighbors decided to join the BPA last year, but we are missing you!

If you are a member, please drop me a note about what it is that you enjoy about the BPA (email to: president at bpapaloalto dot org). And then tell me what more we should be doing as a community. We are one of the most active associations in Palo Alto, but I know there is more that we can do. I hope to hear from you!

Apr 032016
 

The next Senior Lunch will be on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Corner Bakery. It is located at 3375 El Camino Real at the corner of Fernando where the Boston Market used to be, with plenty of parking either in front or behind the restaurant.

The Corner Bakery is cafeteria style so you will each pay for your own selection at the counter, and they will deliver your order to the table when it is ready. The prices are modest and there are no tips involved. You can look at the menu in advance by going to www.cornerbakerycafe.com.

If you are interested in joining us, please email Julie Spengler at juliespengler@sbcglobal.net or call 493-9151 by Friday, April 8th so we can make a name tag for you. Changes in plans can be made up until 10 AM the morning of the lunch by calling Rosemary Jacobsen at 493-9152.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Jan 302016
 

Our bi monthly senior lunch will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 1:00 pm at Da Sichuan Chinese restaurant, located at 3781 El Camino Real, with easy access to the parking lot at the back entrance by turning off El Camino at Curtner and making an immediate left into the lot.

The cost for lunch will be $15, including tax and tip, and we are served a total of 8 dishes.

We need to make reservations by Friday, Feb. 5th, so let us know as soon as you can if you are interested in joining us by either calling me (Julie) at 493-9151 or emailing me at juliespengler@sbcglobal.net.

We look forward to having a great group of seniors, as usual.

Nov 272015
 

There will be a senior lunch on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Cibo’s restaurant, 3398 El Camino Real,  at 1:00 PM.

The cost is $21 and includes tax, tip and a drink.  Menu choices have to be pre ordered, so anyone interested in getting the details, please contact Julie Spengler at 493-9151 or email at juliespengler at sbcglobal.net.

Reservations have to be in by Friday, Dec. 4th, so let us know your plans as soon as possible.

As usual, we will be in the private room at Cibo’s and our neighborhood couple, Gary and Jena, will entertain us with accordion music and lead us in a Christmas sing along.  We always look forward to this event to get into the Holiday spirit.

Hope to see many of you there.

Oct 022015
 

The next Senior Lunch will be on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Corner Bakery. It is located at 3375 El Camino Real at the corner of Fernando where the Boston Market used to be, with plenty of parking either in front or behind the restaurant.

The Corner Bakery is cafeteria style so you will each pay for your own selection at the counter, and they will deliver your order to the table when it is ready. The prices are modest and there are no tips involved. You can look at the menu in advance by going to wwwcornerbakerycafe.com.

If you are interested in joining us, please call Rosemary Jacobsen at 493-9152 by Friday, Oct 9th. so we can make a name tag for you. Changes in plans can be made up until 10:00 AM Tuesday be calling her.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Sep 142015
 

(This is an updated version of my Summer 2015 BPA Newsletter column.)

In the right context, good ideas beget more good ideas. In the BPA, we are seeing the evidence this year with the emergence of a number of new events and volunteers for the BPA. Two years ago, former board member Lydia Kou started cultural diversity events with the first (Chinese) Lunar New Year celebration. She organized another successful Lunar New Year event earlier this year, which inspired BPA member Jaya Pandey to propose an (Indian) Deepawali celebration event. With the help of board member Gwen Luce and a small army of new volunteers Gwen helped recruit, we can now look forward to this event in November. For another example, late last year membership chair Lisa Landers suggested an informal member event to enhance interaction between BPA members and the board. We held the first BPA Community Happy Hour in January, and it is promising to become a regular and popular event (attended by 10-15 residents each month). In turn, it was the first Happy Hour where BPA member Catherine Hendricks proposed a new kind of event where residents and friends of Barron Park present and teach their expertise in small groups. This became the BPA Meet and Learn, and we have had four so far.

All of these events came out of suggestions from BPA members, and the board has been happy to support them. Past efforts also included support for a booth at the Palo Alto Chili Cook-Off, for the Juana Briones Run, and for several bicycle events. In the meantime, Lydia Kou turned her energy to organizing another Movie in the Park event, and BPA member Jeannie Lythcott, who volunteered for the BPA in the past, stepped forward with several new ideas for community events. (See the event calendar in the upcoming BPA newsletter.) And of course there was our very interesting annual meeting in March, and board member John King, former resident Sarah Van Zanten, and an army of volunteers put together another fantastic May Fete.

It is wonderful to see all of these activities from volunteers contributing to the community. They are not limited to community events, but those currently see the most popularity. Other recent BPA-sponsored activities included the bike path committee and a group that invested substantial time to investigate the proposal for a hydrogen refueling station on El Camino Real. Also, Maurice “Maury” Green recently joined the BPA board to take on Neighborhood Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and we’re very grateful to have such an experienced member support this important area. Look for articles on these activities in the upcoming BPA newsletter.

Where else could we use help? Two committee chairs that are currently vacant are Zoning and Land Use, and Traffic and Streets. We know that BPA members care about these. In fact, those were core topics at the recent Palo Alto 2030 Summit, and Barron Park was well represented among the large number of attendants. Or perhaps you’re interested in our surrounding businesses and/or schools; we would benefit from liaisons to these organizations. If you have another favorite topic that you believe the BPA should support, please do not hesitate to bring it to the board. In fact, join us at an upcoming Happy Hour and tell us all about your interests. The board and your neighbors will be very happy to hear your ideas and benefit from your contributions!

Aug 252015
 

Barron Park Association’s  3rd Annual Neighborhood Movie Night at Bol Park

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Events starting at 6:30PM

It’s Friday night, why cook…

Oaxacan Kitchen Food Truck – buy your food and have a picnic dinner with old or new friends.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraising

CREAM sandwiches for dessert $5
YUM * chocolate chip with vanilla
YUMM * double chocolate chip with mint chocolate chip
YUMMY * snickerdoodle with salted caramel
YUMMIEST * butter sugar with strawberry

Donkey Fund fundraising – Popcorn 50 cents

Visit with Donkeys – Niner and Perry

Movie starts are Dusk. Admission is free.

BYO…chair and blankets, your preferred refreshments

Weather Forecast
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Aug 162015
 

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The Fourth annual Silicon Valley Tour de Coop,  a free, self-guided bicycle tours of chicken coops, gardens, bee hives, hoop houses, and coolest Silicon Valley urban homesteads,  is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9AM to 4 PM.

From last year: It’s time for the Tour de Coop – Palo Alto Online

REGISTER NOW for the tour -Click HERE!

Want to show your coop on this tour, volunteer or help out?  Sign up now!