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Vina Enoteca to serve first ‘Impossible burger’ in Silicon Valley

A burger made entirely from plants at a Redwood City startup has been making waves at select restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York — and now, in Palo Alto.

The Impossible Foods burger sun-dried tomatoes, cavolo nero (or lacinato kale) and a sun-dried tomatoes mayonnaise on a poppy seed bun will make its debut today at Vina Enoteca, the first Silicon Valley restaurant to serve the scientifically engineered veggie burgers.

The goal is to not only make a veggie burger that tastes good, but one that is environmentally sustainable and ultimately will change the way we consume meat.


You Love EICHLER Homes?

You’ll want to enjoy this film.

Eichler Documentary Screening  Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. 
A screening of “People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler,” produced by realtor and film-maker Monique Lombardelli, explores the phenomenon that mid-century modern developer Joseph Eichler created in the late ’50s and ’60s. Q&A after the movie.

Free Movie at Design Within Reach, 447 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA.

Eichler Homes, epitomize the mid-century movement. Beautiful, functional, and a design that invites the outside to be incorporated in every part of the home and family. Eichler is a local legend. He believed in establishing a community feeling and making small communities where neighbors would get to know each other. His homes survive and thrive all over California and are especially beloved in the SF Bay Area.  — editor

Common Ground teaches us!

common ground Common Ground is a wonderful community resource, located in Palo Alto. If you’d like to get involved in their fund-raising or outreach, please take a look at their information.  The classes are held at their store and have such a variety that’ll you will find something: from bee keeping, herb gardening, tomato planting to (my favorite) “Relax with a 6-pack!” this group is knowledgeable, fun, and helpful. Gardening is not drudgery when they are around!

Did you know that Common Ground’s Edible Landscaping Tour engaged 400 people last year?

This inspiring and educational tour teaches our community about landscaping with edible plants, promotes eating locally-grown produce, and raises awareness on issues ranging from alternatives to pesticides and herbicides in the garden to water-saving practices.

We invite you to  sponsor Common Ground’s most important annual fundraising event. Please consider making as generous a tax deductible gift as you can. Donations of $250 and more are:

  • Listed as a sponsor on our website.
  • Listed as a sponsor in the Edible Landscaping Tour booklet (If submitted by April 30th)
  • Announced in our E-newsletter, distribution to over 5,500 individuals.
  • Given two admissions for the tour ($70 value-not tax deductable).

Ways to sponsor:

  • Pay via our secure website.
  • Mail your sponsor check to 559 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
  • Bring your donation personally.
The 7th Annual Edible Landscaping Tour will be held Saturday July 20th 10 am to 4pm.

All donations small and large are appreciated.
Patricia Becker and the Common Ground Team

Hike the Dish

We Love the Stanford Dish!

Stanford dish hikeThe Dish is a special area for hiking, it is easy to get to, fun, and rewards you with great vistas! It will start with a heart racing climb up the hill, and lead us to sights all over the bay – you can see for miles.

Hike Rating: Moderately easy

Hike Difficulty: 4 miles of paved trail, some is very steep, you can walk the steep part first (slowly) loop around, come down hill, walk parallel to Junipero Serra Blvd, and end up where we started, Junipero Serra/ Stanford Ave at the gate.

Hike  Time: 1.5-2 hours

Open to the Public from Sunrise to Sunset.

Park along the side streets and during a beautiful evening, you may have to walk a block or so up to the gate, so allow extra time.

This hike is so great that you will want to try it many times. It is loved by Stanford students and the surrounding communities. This area is also used for academic programs, environmental restoration, habitat conservation studies and hiking.  We are using the trail for recreation, although we might see a California tiger salamander if we are lucky!

Take a look at this map of the Dish TRAILS and neighborhoods.

Also here is a Large Mapyou can download this map to your phone.

PARKING: Park along Stanford Ave. Watch posted signs. Parking is permitted in some schools, check the signs for when the lot is not restricted/available to the public.  No parking on Junipero Serra near the gate.

Green@Home Training, PA and Cupertino

Get involved in Energy Saving Outreach??
Green@Home is looking for volunteers to perform free energy-saving house calls to residents in Palo Alto and Cupertino. Training consist of two 4-hour classes.
Attendees learn valuable green-building skills, reduce carbon emissions and help people save money.

Classes are today, Jan. 30, and Feb. 6, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Contact information for the Program Staff:

Lisa Dorn
Program Coordinator
or 650-962-9876 x380

Moira Hafer
Program Manager
or 650-962-9876 x353

Debbie Mytels
Assoc. Dir. for Programs
or 650-962-9876 x302

Gamble Garden Tree Walk

This beautiful garden is something you can enjoy on a self guided tour, however, an aborist will be available for a special walk/talkGamble Garden
Where: Waverley Street and Embarcadero Road, in Palo Alto, CA
Date: February 9, 2013
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Details: Join a Leading Arborist for a Tree Walk around the Elizabeth F. Gamble Gardens. Will include a great variety of trees: California Buckeye, Cucumber Tree, Smoke Tree, Asian Pear, Edible Fig, Cockspur Coral Tree, Japanese Persimmon and many others! The walk begins at the Parking Lot near the corner of Waverley Street and Embarcadero Road.

Palo Alto World Music Day

Palo Alto World Music Day is a music festival that takes places every year on Father’s Day. It will be celebrated for the third time in Palo Alto on Sunday June 19, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm, on University Avenue (CLOSED between Cowper and High St). All performances are FREE and open to the public. Last year we had 50 musical groups! Amateurs and professionals, performed a variety of genres on street corners and plazas: jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, choral, Celtic, Klezmer, Greek, Balkan, French, Chinese, World Music, etc. This is an event not to be missed!

The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is a world wide music festival that takes place around the summer solstice. On that day, sidewalks, parks, community gardens, stores and more become impromptu musical stages for both amateur and professional musicians to showcase their talents. All concerts and performances are free and open to the public.

The Fête de la Musique began in France in 1982 and has since spread to Belgium, Britain, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Israel, China, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Colombia and other countries. New York City held its first festival in 2007. Near us, World Music Day is celebrated in Sacramento, Pasadena, Oakland and Woodside.

What Matters to YOU?

Recycling, respect for the environment, good land use policies, History, Tradition? Well its all here is this news item:
The owner of Palo Alto’s oldest home, Juana Briones House, has begun deconstructing the 166-year-old structure after 13 years of lawsuits that delayed its removal.

The 1844-1845 house, which was built by Palo Alto pioneer Juana Briones, contained remnants of a rare form of adobe architecture, of which there is only one other example in the state, according to architectural historians.

Juana Briones de Miranda was part of the California population of Spanish, Mexican and Native-American descent.

She was also a humanitarian, a healer, and the daughter of members of the historic De Anza expedition into California in 1776. She became a prominent Palo Alto rancher, according to the Juana Briones Heritage Association.

The property at 4155 Old Adobe Road in the Palo Alto hills also contained a rock wall built by Native Americans that has also been taken down, Kent Mitchell, attorney for property owners Jaim Nulman and Avelyn Welczer, said Wednesday morning (May 25).

Nulman, Welczer and the City of Palo Alto wrote conditions into the permit after a first lawsuit with the city that allows preservationists and historians to salvage certain historical elements, including the rock wall.

In 1997, the Nulmans wanted to remove newer wings a previous owner added to the house but the city denied their request, Mitchell said. They applied for a demolition permit and prevailed after a nine-year battle when the city denied their application.

In 2007, Friends of the Juana Briones House sued and won a stay against the demolition, but on appeal, the Nulmans prevailed. The California Supreme Court refused to hear the case, Mitchell said. The city reinstated the demolition permit on Wednesday.

Woodside-based Reusable Lumber, which specializes in historical sites, began work on Friday.

Clark Akatiff, a member of Friends of the Juana Briones House, said the group made a careful record of the home during a one-month window some years ago when they were allowed on the property.

He is meeting with city officials and preservationists Wednesday afternoon to discuss where to store the rock wall and a plaque.

Akatiff said the historic wall cribbing — a slat-style architecture into which adobe or dirt was poured to make walls — and other parts of the home might be made available to the group as the building is deconstructed. He said Mitchell is working on a potential agreement.

Akatiff said he has accepted the court’s judgment, which comes after two lawsuits and appeals.

“It feels like there is some sense of cooperation after such a long and arduous lack of cooperation. This was a legal procedure and we fought it long and hard,” he said.

“It is interesting to note, in passage, that in both court cases the initial decision was always in favor of preservation, only to have the decision reversed by some opaque reasoning and costly litigation. I guess it’s legal, but it does lead to some bad decisions. The decision to allow the demolition of La Casa de Juana Briones is surely such a decision,” he said.

Two great women in Palo Alto are to be memorialized: Juana Briones and Esther Clark, who started the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, he said. Akatiff said perhaps the Briones plaque and the rock wall could be used to create a memorial to both women at adjacent Esther Clark Park.

Part of the property is under a life estate that was willed to Thomas Hunt by the previous owners, Mitchell said.

Hunt does not currently live on the property, but he has control over a small house. Upon his death, the land and home would revert back to the owners, he said.

Nulman and Welczer could not be reached for comment on whether they plan to build on the property.

But Mitchell said, “The answer is clearly no. They built another house. I’ve never heard them talk about it. They are just going day by day. I don’t think there is any clear plan.”

Citizen Journalist Academy

Looking to get involved in your community? Palo Alto has a great method to turn community activists into “reporters on the street”!

Palo Alto Online is looking for residents interested in joining our team in covering community issues and events on video. We’ve partnered with the Media Center and are offering a four-week Citizen Journalist Academy to teach video production and reporting skills, after which participants would be ready to produce videos for community access television and Palo Alto Online. Those interested in applying to participate in the June academy should send an email containing a brief description of interest and background to editor@paweekly.com. Follow the link below for more information.

More information about the Citizen Journalist Academy

Palo Alto Online is expanding its number of online community bloggers. Those who have a passion or expertise, or are just an opinionated resident with thoughts to share about life in Palo Alto, are welcome to apply to become a blogger on Palo Alto Online. Writers selected as featured bloggers will receive a monthly payment, will be promoted on Palo Alto Online and in the Palo Alto Weekly and are expected to make regular postings at least once a week. Non-paid bloggers may become featured bloggers by generating a high number of page views and comments on their blog. For more information, email editor@paweekly.com or call Tyler Hanley, online editor, at 650-326-8210.

More information on Community Bloggers

Treasure Recycling!

Join the Palo Alto Citywide Yard Sale – hold a sale on June 4! Reduce waste and conserve valuable resources while you earn a little pocket money. Register online or by calling (650) 496-5910. Registration deadline is May 9.

You can “friend” them on FACEBOOK for more great green advice. Look for PaloAltoGreen.

This is such a great idea to move things you don’t want to a new home! If your community doesn’t do this, ask about it, write your city council. It is an easy green change that makes sense.