Eclipse viewing options, Atherton supports troops, Caltrain fare increases and low-cost pet adoptions – The Mercury News – California News

Eclipse viewing options, Atherton supports troops, Caltrain fare increases and low-cost pet adoptions – The Mercury News – California News

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• From midnight until 10 a.m. Saturday there will be a “Search & Rescue & Wild-land Fire Evacuation Exercise” in the area of Huddart Park and the Phleger Estate in Woodside, according to a notice from San Mateo County. Members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, CalFire, Woodside Fire Protection District, San Mateo County Parks, Mid Peninsula Open Space District, National Parks Service, CERT members from around San Mateo County and the large-animal evacuation group will be participating. No impact to traffic is expected around the exercise area, but county officials ask for people to use caution and watch for emergency personnel who may be transitioning through the area. If you have any questions about the exercise, email admin.esb@gmail.com.

• Stanford University’s annual Football Open House will take place from 2:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday , kicking off with an open practice at the Elliott Practice Field beginning about 2:45 p.m., followed by a one-hour autograph session with the players. The free, family-friendly event will include photo booths, face painting, merchandise and Stanford football posters. 

• The 11th annual Downtown Block Party will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park with live music, kids activities and food, followed by a movie on a large inflatable screen. This year, the theme is “Menlo on the Move” with local businesses hosting information booths on electric transportation and a chance to test drive the newest technology. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and stay for a screening of animated, G-rated feature film “Cars” (2006),…

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