Menlo ParkMountain ViewPalo Alto April 21, 2015

Palo Alto Area Celebrates Earth Day

Several nonprofit organizations in and around Palo Alto are hosting events and activities this week in honor of Earth Day, which is on Wednesday, April 22.

Tuesday, April 21

Tuolumne Film & Culture Fest

6:30-9 p.m. at Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

The Tuolumne Film & Culture Fest will celebrate water, culture and community through art, music, dance and the premiere of Leah Rogers’ documentary on the Tuolumne River. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tuolumne River Trust. For more information, call Rebecca Stievater at 415-882-7252, email staff@tuolumne.org or visit tinyurl.com/FilmAndCultureFest.

Wednesday, April 22

Planet Earth New Play Festival

7:30 p.m. at Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Laguna Drive

In honor of Earth Day, Planet Earth Arts will host an evening of original plays related to the environment. The Planet Earth New Play Festival features works by emerging playwrights whose aim is to inspire audiences to recognize environmental sustainability as the most critical issue of our era. Among the works featured at the festival include “Preapocalytica” by Erin Marie Panttaja, in which environmental crisis drives one character to madness, and “The Universe on Ice” by Maury Zeff, set in a frozen polar landscape populated by talking penguins and polar bears. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion featuring some of Stanford University’s leading scientists and researchers. For more information, go to planeteartharts.org or call 510-677-2648.

Free Community Earth Day Fair

10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3rd Regional Support Command, 230 R. T. Jones Road, Mountain View

The U.S. Army Reserve 63rd Regional Support Command invites community members to attend its Earth Day Fair and celebrate the army reserve’s 107th anniversary. The free event will include live music, vendors, food trucks, family activities, education booths, a free raffle and e-waste drop off and more. For more information, call Mike Strauss at 925-858-3354 or email mike.strauss@us.army.mil.

Thursday, April 23

Greenlight Film Festival

7-8:30 p.m. at Cubberly Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road

Greenlight Film Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with films produced by local artists with an emphasis on student-produced work. The films included in the festival address five topics, including zero waste, litter, food waste, California drought, climate change and energy. For more information, go to midpenmedia.org.

Friday, April 24

Planet Earth New Play Festival

8 p.m. at Roble Theater, 374 Santa Teresa St.

Planet Earth Arts will host a second evening of original plays related to the environment. See listing above, on Wednesday. The Friday event will not feature a panel discussion. For more information, go to planeteartharts.org or call 510-677-2648.

Saturday, April 25

Residential solar PV workshop

9:30-11:30 a.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road

The City of Palo Alto is hosting a residential solar photovoltaic workshop for people interested in installing a system in their homes. For more information, go to cityofpaloalto.org or call 650-329-2241.

East Palo Alto Community Earth Day Celebration

9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cesar Cesar Chavez School, 2450 Ralmar Ave.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to the citywide Community Earth Day Celebration in East Palo Alto. The event, dubbed “Think Green and Keep Our City Clean,” will feature activities including a tree tour walk, city beautification projects, bike repairs, arts and crafts and creek monitoring activities, as well as outdoor gear giveaways and speakers, including Mayor Lisa Gauthier, state Assemblyman Rich Gordon and Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo of Stanford University. Please bring a hat and reusable water bottle. For more information, email jessica.sanchez@acterra.org. To register, visit eventbrite.com.

Compost basic workshop

10 a.m.-noon at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road

A free compost workshop will teach people to use compost in their gardens to improve soil quality and enhance the garden’s health and vitality. To register, call 408-918-4640.

Menlo ParkPlanned Construction November 29, 2013

Facebook Plans for Anton Menlo

Facebook Inc’s sprawling campus in Menlo Park, Calif., is so full of cushy perks that some employees may never want to go home. Soon, they’ll have that option. The social network said this week it is working with a local developer to build a $120 million, 394-unit housing community within walking distance of its offices. Called Anton Menlo, the 630,000 square-foot rental property will include everything from a sports bar to a doggy day care.

Even in Silicon Valley, where tech companies compete to lure coveted engineers with over-the-top perks and offices that resemble adult playgrounds, Facebook’s plan breaks new ground. A Facebook spokeswoman said employee retention wasn’t a major factor in the real estate push. “We’re certainly excited to have more housing options closer to campus, but we believe that people work at Facebook because what they do is rewarding and they believe in our mission,” she said.

Facebook's New HousingTo build the housing, Facebook’s “amenities team” worked with developer St. Anton Partners, a San Francisco Bay area, multi-family real estate developer, to create an environment that mirrors the atmosphere of its corporate campus, where employees are encouraged to mingle and share ideas. The apartments will go for market rates, and a handful will be set aside for low income residents. All but 15 of the units will be open to non-Facebook employees.

One of Facebook’s corporate goals is to take care of as many aspects of its employees lives as possible. They don’t have to worry about transportation—there’s a bus for that. Laundry and dry cleaning? Check. Hairstylists, woodworking classes, bike maintenance. Check. Other amenities some employees will soon enjoy: an area called “The Quad” with flowering trees, fountains, and “light effects.” A “backyard” rec zone with bocce ball, pool, cabanas, and BBQ pits. Of course, there’s an area for dogs, and an outdoor kitchen. At Facebook, the company’s headquarters are supposed to feel more like a college campus than an office. Sounds like Facebook “company town” will be just the thing to bring back those comforting memories of college life.