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Weather Forecast for Palo Alto


Showers likely, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West southwest wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.


A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Washington's Birthday

Sunny, with a high near 56. North northwest wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Light and variable wind becoming west around 6 mph in the evening.


Sunny, with a high near 55.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.


A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.


A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.


Sunny, with a high near 55.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Palo Alto News and Events

CAT IN THE HAT Final Performance (Events)


Based on the book by Dr. Seuss 
Adapted by Katie Mitchell

Don't miss this brilliantly exuberant stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss's beloved tale. With "lots of fun that is funny," and Thing One and Thing Two, the Cat in the Hat knows how to get up to all sorts of merriment and trouble on a grey and rainy day!

Performances: January 24 - February 16

Purchase Tickets Online
or call (650) 463 - 4970

Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA

Lunar New Year Festival (Events)

The Palo Alto City Library presents a Lunar New Year Festival in the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium at 1313 Newell Road.

Please join us in celebrating the lunar new year with lion dancing, martial arts demonstration, crafts and snacks. 

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day (Events)

This event is for Palo Alto residents only, proof of residency is required. The Household Hazardous Waste Management program provides Palo Alto residents with an environmentally safe, convenient way to dispose of unwanted hazardous household products such as used or expired medication, paints, solvents, fuels, cleaners, pesticides, etc., which contain hazardous substances. This event happens, rain or shine. For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Program and what is accepted, click here. Location: Household Hazardous Waste Station, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto.

City Council and Mayor

Eric Filseth
Eric Filseth
Alison Cormack Tom DuBois Adrian Fine
Alison Cormack
Council Member
Tom DuBois
Council Member
Adrian Fine
Vice Mayor
Liz Kniss Lydia Kou Greg Tanaka
Liz Kniss
Council Member
Lydia Kou
Council Member
Greg Tanaka
Council Member



Current agendas are posted in front of City Hall in King Plaza on the elevator walls closest to Bryant Street.

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MAYOR'S OFFICE HOURS: Schedule to be determined.

Animal Services



The Shelter will be completely CLOSED starting 3:00pm Thursday Feb 14th and will reopen Tuesday Feb 19th under the management of Pets In Need. Go to for more info.

 Animal Services Building

We're an open-door municipal Animal Shelter with a 92% save rate offering animal adoptions, low-cost vaccines and spay and neuter, and provide animal control services to the cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills.

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Main Office/Licensing...............11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday (closed alternate Fridays)

Architectural Review Board (ARB)

The City continuously accepts applications for boards and commissions. Architectural Review Board Application.

ARB Purpose
The Architectural Review Board is charged with design review of all new construction, and changes and additions to commercial, industrial and multiple-family projects. The Board's goals and purposes are to:

  • Promote orderly and harmonious development of the City
  • Enhance the desirability of residence or investment in the City
  • Encourage the attainment of the most desirable use of land and improvements
  • Enhance the desirability of living conditions upon the immediate site or in adjacent areas
  • Promote visual environments which are of high aesthetic quality and variety and which, at the same time, are considerate of each other.

The Board is composed of five members, at least three of whom are architects, landscape architects, building designers or other design professionals. Terms are for three years and commence on November 1. See Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Sections 2.16 and 2.21. In order to be notified of vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the City Clerk's Office at 329-2571.

If you wish to send e-mail to the Architectural Review Board, please use the following e-mail address:

Regular meetings are at 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month and are cablecast live on Government Channel 16.

Chair: Wynne Furth
Vice Chair: Peter Baltay
Staff Liaison: Jodie Gerhardt, Planning Manager - 650-329-2575

Peter Baltay BALTAY, Peter
Term Expires: 12/15/2021

Wynne Furth FURTH, Wynne
Term Expires: 12/15/2020

David Hirsch

City Council Rail Committee

The Palo Alto City Council Rail Committee is comprised of City Council Members with the responsibility to "advise the City Council on Rail and related rail transit matters and provide the community with appropriate forums for the discussion of such issues" as stated in their Guiding Principles document.  

Meets on an as needed basis - Committee of the Whole. 

Council Member Alison Cormack
Council Member Tom DuBois
Vice Mayor Adrian Fine (Chair)
Council Member Lydia Kou
Council Member Greg Tanaka

For information on Connecting Palo Alto: Designing Our Rail Corridor for the Future, please visit our Connecting Palo Alto page.

Email the Rail Committee

When you email the Committee, your email becomes a public record. You should not include any private information (such as your phone number, home address, or minor children's names) in your correspondence to the Committee.

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Adult Art Classes

Be part of a community hub for creative exploration through weekly classes, workshopsdrop-in programs and our Visiting Artist Workshop Program. Novices appreciate our supportive environment and expert instructors. All students love our well-equipped facilities and the opportunities our programs provide for continued art practice. Whether your interests lie in drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, or book-arts, everyone can find a way to see, make, and be inspired in the adult studio program. 


Now Open: Paula Kirkeby Press

Made possible by a generous gift from the Kirkeby Family

November 27, 2018 Agenda and Packet Action Minutes Minutes Video Presentations
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September 26, 2018

Paula Kirkeby Press in action! 


Located in room F4 at Cubberley Community Center, this fine art printmaking studio hosts classes for all levels and a drop-in program for experienced printmakers.

Paula Kirkeby’s connections to Palo Alto and printmaking run deep. She first came to Palo Alto in 1956 and in 1969 opened a gallery on Homer Street. A decade later she opened 3EP press with partners Mary Margaret (Moo) Anderson and Joseph Goldyne. In 1984, Paula became sole owner of the press and renamed it Smith Andersen. She provided extraordinary opportunities for artists to work in monotype at the press, developing an impressive roster of editions from artists of national and international acclaim.

Equipment includes a custom-built press that can print works up to 40 x 58 inches.

Students printing a monotype at Paula Kirkeby Press printmaking studio

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The Sheltering Sky

Exhibition dates: January 19April 7, 2019
Opening Celebration: January 25, 2019, 7-10 p.m.

Vanessa Marsh, Cave 3, 2016 

Vanessa Marsh, Cave 3, 2016, chromogenic photogram, 20x25 in., courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery, SF


“A black star appears, a point of darkness in the night sky's clarity. Point of darkness and gateway to repose. Reach out, pierce the fine fabric of the sheltering sky, take repose.” ? Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky


Taking its title from the iconic novel by Paul Bowles, this exhibition looks to the stars for comfort in the darkest of times. Our connection with, and attention to, the abstract concept we call the “sky” is binding, and contemplating its many facets provide rich subject matter for artists. This exhibition will explore a variety of artistic responses through works in a wide range of media.


The origins of the word “sky” are various and many. In Old Norse it was the word for cloud; in Old High German it comes from the words for shadow and mirror; in Middle English, it can mean heaven. These definitions reflect the mutability of the sky itself; it is the true and original shapeshifter, never static, always evolving, a storyboard onto which we project ourselves and our mythologies, and from which we gather information about our possible futures.


While the human stature may be small in comparison to the vastness of the atmosphere above and around us, we are inexorably linked to it, creating it and being created by it in every moment. We are burning, evaporating, decomposing, and breathing ? the results of which are taken up into the heavens and retuned to us as magnificent sunsets, roiling clouds, and acidic rain. Extreme weather events pound the planet; hurricanes, volcanic ash, flooding and drought all draw our gaze upwards. Yet no matter how surreal, how political, how dangerous it is, we still look to the sky for solace, and there is nothing like it to bring us back to earth.

Participating artists to date:

Matthew Baum

Sarah and Joseph Belknap

Val Britton

Adrian Landon Brooks

Sukey Bryan

Eiko Borcherding

Linda Connor

Ala Ebtekar