Jan 242017

Amy Andonian, AvenidasPresident & CEO,
Paula Wolfson, LCSW, Director of AvenidasCare Partners,
Cindy Hofen, Managing Moves & MoreA BPA Meet and Learn Event

A Meet and Learn Event presented by Catherine Hendricks and the BPA

6.30PM TO 8.45PM

Barron Square Club House
4111 Thain Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (map)


6:30-6:50pm:  Amy Andonian, Avenidas President & CEO, will present an overview of the resources available at Avenidas, and tell you about the organization’s exciting plans for future growth. The nonprofit’s innovative programs and compassionate staff—paid and volunteer—help enrich the lives of more than 8,500 mature adults and their families each year.
6:50-7:00pm: Q&A

7:00-7:30pm: Resources for Aging in Place (Paula Wolfson, LCSW, Director of AvenidasCare Partners)

  • Proactive Planning Starts Now: Organizing Important Documents
  • Do Not Go It Alone: Building Your Networks of Support: Family, Friends, Medical Providers
  • Hiring and Evaluating Professional Help in the Home: Skilled vs. Non-Skilled Care
  • Navigating Hospital Stays: How to Appeal an Unsafe Discharge

7:30-7:45pm: Q&A

7:45-8:15pm: How to Downsize/Move Out of Your Home (Cindy Hofen, Managing Moves & More)

Often times, even though you want to move,the thought of organizing and downsizing can stop your progress. Don’t become paralyzed by your belongings! Minimizing brings freedom and the items that are left are those you truly love.Whether you have plans to move in the near future or simply looking for inspiration to downsize, declutter, and organize your home, this session is for you. We’ll present tips to get you motivated and easy places to start in your home.

8:15-8:30pm: Q&A

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. REGISTER HERE


 Posted by at 8:48 PM
Mar 052015

The Barron Park Association is happy to announce a new type of event for Barron Park residents: the BPA Meet and Learn. The basic idea of BPA Meet and Learns is to harness the expertise of residents and friends of Barron Park for informal seminars in small groups. This could be a dietician giving a lecture about nutrition, a baker teaching a cooking class, or a financial planner providing advice on estate planning. BPA Meet and Learns will initially happen on a roughly monthly schedule and be generally limited to 15-30 people, depending on the event and the venue. They will generally be free, except for the cost of materials, if any. Given limited resources, we are aiming to make this event as low-overhead and easy to manage as possible. We will use the BPA-News email list and Nextdoor for announcements and EventBrite for sign-up.

Catherine HendricksBP resident Catherine Hendricks has agreed to organize the first set of BPA Meet and Learns, ensuring a trial of this new type of event with high-quality speakers. Longer-term, we hope to identify BP residents who would be interested to talk or teach on their favorite topic. Do you have great gardening tips for urban farmers? Travel advice for the adventure seeker? Whatever it is, there likely are some BP residents who would love to meet and learn about it.

 Posted by at 11:36 PM
Jun 182014

Many Barron Square owners and residents are aware that a new condominium project is being proposed for the vacant property at 4146 El Camino Real adjacent to the cul-de-sac at the end of Thain Way.  This has significant implications for the residents of Barron Square. The purpose of this article is to present the facts in an impartial manner and stimulate discussion among Barron Square residents.

The Board of Directors wants to thank Ree Dufresne, Ruth Lowy and Laszlo Tokes for their help in monitoring this project and keeping the Board informed on its progress.

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 Posted by at 5:22 PM
Sep 102013

In the event of a major emergency, such as an earthquake, we are likely to be on our own for a few days. The City of Palo Alto and the Barron Park Association have established an excellent program for citizen participation as Emergency Service Volunteers (ESV). Barron Square participates in this program and our clubhouse is the communications hub for the Barron Park neighborhood.

The program is based on “Block Preparedness Coordinators”, or in our case, “Building Captains”, who volunteer to acquaint themselves with the neighbors in their building, provide them with information and help them prepare themselves and their families for a future emergency. In the event of a disaster, these volunteers are the eyes and ears of the system, checking on their neighbors and reporting problems to the Neighborhood Coordinators.

You can volunteer as much or as little time as you are able. There are quarterly informational meetings and free classes by the City of Palo Alto on emergency preparedness including radio communications, identifying damage and hazards, locating and turning off utilities, etc.

We currently need Building Captains for buildings 2,4,5,10 and 11. The unit sign outside your building has your building number on it and it is a good thing to know if you should ever need to call 9-1-1 and give them directions for an emergency. Additional volunteers for radio communications and backup.

If you want more information, please contact Joel Davidson at (650) 856-7627  (email: bsajoel@barronsquare.org) or Maurice Green at (650) 493-5914 (email: president@barronsquare.org). No obligation required for asking!

 Posted by at 3:17 PM
Sep 102013

Recently there have been incidents where unknown persons have inappropriately left discarded items on the sidewalks around Thain Way and on Maybell Avenue. These items were NOT left out for Green Waste pickup on recycle days. This is a reminder that this is our home and all personal items must be disposed of properly.

Dumping items on the street is illegal. If you should see a dumping in progress, please call 9-1-1. If you notice the items at a later time, you should call Zero Waste at the City of Palo Alto (650-496-5910) and they will remove it.

One other reminder, please wait until late Tuesday afternoons to put out your recycling and trash containers and roll them back by Wednesday evening. Help us keep our lovely Barron Square an attractive place to live.

 Posted by at 2:47 PM