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City of Palo Alto Events & Workshops

City of Palo Alto Events & Workshops

The City of Palo Alto offers a variety of events and workshops focused on resource sustainability, emergency preparedness, community resilience, and more. Learn how to reduce waste, conserve water, save energy, and prevent pollution.

Check back here regularly since this page is updated with new workshops throughout the year.

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Midtown Residents Association Ice Cream Social

Sunday, September 15, 1pm-4pm

Hoover Park

Palo Alto Utilities and other City departments will be sharing resources at the 25th annual Midtown Residents Association Ice Cream Social. No registration is required. 

SunShares Solar Group-Buy Program, Informational Workshop

Saturday, September 21, 10am-12pm

Palo Alto Art Center (Auditorium)

1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto

Register here

For the fifth year in a row, the City of Palo Alto is participating in Bay Area SunShares, a limited time, group-buy program for solar and zero-emissions vehicles. SunShares is open to anyone in the nine Bay Area counties. The program offers discounts on rooftop solar and zero-emissions vehicles by pooling the buying power of homeowners and vehicle buyers. SunShares also provides vetted contractors and free technical advice. You can register for the program at BayAreaSunShares.org from August 1 through November 15.

Attend this free workshop to learn about SunShares. 

For more information, go to cityofpaloalto.org/sunshares 


Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride and Drive

Sunday, September 22, 1-4pm

Peninsula Conservation Center

3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto

Register here


Bay Area Electrification Expo

Thursday, October 10, 2pm-7pm

Mitchell Park Community Center

Register for Palo Alto

Saturday, October 12, 10am-4pm

The Tech Interactive (formerly the Tech Museum)

Register for San Jose

Palo Alto is partnering with cities and energy agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to host the first ever Bay Area home electrification expo. The Expo will give residents and business in the area an opportunity to learn about switching from fossil fuels to clean electricity for transportation, cooking, water heating, space heating and clothes drying. There will be two events for attendees to choose from; one in the evening in Palo Alto at the Mitchell Park Community Center on October 10, or one during the day on October 12 at the Tech Interactive Museum in San Jose.  ?? 

Learn more at bayareaexpo.org

Electric Cars Demystified

Wednesday, October 23, 6-8:30pm

Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium

1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto

Come hear from a panel of local, long-time EV drivers and experts from EVucation LLC on the difference between all-electric and plug-in hybrid EVs; EV charging; range anxiety misconceptions; battery longevity; buying vs. leasing; and the environmental, economic, and personal benefits of EV adoption. You will have the chance to see different models of EVs on display and hear from their owners why they are happy they went electric!

RSVP to save your spot today!

Pruning and Making New Plants from Old

Saturday, November 23, 9am-noon

Mitchell Park Community Center

3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Register here

Horticulturist and designer Deva Luna is a master at making complicated topics, easy to understand. She loves plants and will share tips on the best way to prune, so the landscape grows better and looks natural. And, as a bonus, how to propagate new plants for free!

Instructor: Deva Luna

Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns

Saturday, December 7, 9am-noon

Mitchell Park Community Center

3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Register here

Come learn about capturing rainwater on your property with rain gardens, rain barrels, and cisterns to help conserve water and reduce runoff volume. Learn about designing and maintaining these systems, rebate offers, and resources available to you regarding rain barrels and cisterns.

Instructor: Sherri Osaka

Other Local Events & Workshops:
Regional Workshops
Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden
Palo Alto City Hall Demonstration Garden
UCCE Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden
Transition Palo Alto Share Faire
Document Shredding Events
Repair Café Palo Alto
Citywide Yard Sale

Last Updated: June 4, 2019