This Sunday: Princeton Street Block Party

The CTRA joins Princeton Street and College Avenue neighbors in presenting a “Know Your Neighbors” Family Block Party and Jam Session this Sunday afternoon (October 2) from 1pm to 5pm. Hot dogs, chips, and lemonade provided–bring a side, salad, or dessert to share! Keep it green by bringing your own reusable plate and utensils. Princeton Street will be blocked off between College and California for the duration of the event.

Bring your instruments and voices: there will be a stage set up for anyone who wants to jam or perform. There will be crafts for kids, games, prizes, and more. And, since it’s getting close to Halloween, feel free to come in costume!

All College Terrace residents are invited. Come by, meet your neighbors, and enjoy our neighborhood!

CTRA Board Meeting Agenda: September 21, 2022

The next CTRA board meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 6:00pm outdoors at Mayfield Park, next to the College Terrace Library.

At this month’s meeting, we will have a presentation and Q&A on the city’s proposed business tax with Keith Reckdahl, a follow-up on June’s waterwise workshop, discussion and planning for our fall neighborhood picnic, and updates from the board’s observers.

All neighbors are encouraged to attend!

Waterwise Garden Workshop on June 18

Create a garden habitat instead of a lawn! Less water, less work… more fun!

Join us for a Waterwise Garden Workshop next Saturday, June 18, at 9:15am at Mayfield Park (next to the College Terrace Library). This one-hour workshop will be led by Mina Sharma of California Native Plant Society and Ashley Shannon, Senior Water Conservation Specialist at Valley Water (formerly known as Santa Clara County Water District).

  1. Show and tell with examples of California native plants to turn your lawn into a garden habitat.
  2. Learn how to use perennial plants and design options for a Waterwise garden with little maintenance and varied habitat for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
  3. Valley Water will give out information on lawn removal and rebates.

Bring your own seat as needed. Walk-in, first come, first serve. Space for 20 max. Distance as desired. Sponsored by the College Terrace Residents Association (CTRA).

Around the Terrace: May 3, 2022

Here are some recent announcements and news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

  • Fireworks after Stanford Baseball on Saturday
    Stanford Baseball will be hosting the Cal Bears at Sunken Diamond on Saturday at 6pm. With an estimated attendance of 3,000, this game may generate heavier traffic before and after the game. A fireworks show will commence shortly after the game and will last for about 8-12 minutes. For details please contact Julia Lee at or call the Stanford University Noise Hotline at 650-724-4900.
  • Expanding Hours at the Library
    Starting Tuesday, May 10, hours will be expanded at all Palo Alto libraries. Our local College Terrace Library will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am-6pm.

Memorial for a Neighbor

Many College Terrace residents likely remember the homeless man who often pushed a large cart around the area and slept on the street. He died a few weeks ago, on a cold night in front of the old Common Grounds building on College Avenue.

On Sunday, March 27 at 2pm, University Lutheran Church is holding a memorial for our neighbor on the green at the church. People are invited to share brief reflections and/or readings as part of the service. Because our neighbor was reluctant to share his name, Pastor Greg has opted to refer to him by the Biblical name, “Theophilus,” which means, “Beloved of God,” and hopes all will feel welcome to join and participate in the service.