Almanac

News - July 9, 2014

Briefs: SLAC reopened after fire

All facilities at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park were up and running again 48 hours after a fire broke out in the linear accelerator on June 25, according to communications manager Andrew Gordon.

On that evening, smoke poured out from an apparent electrical fire within the housing for the two-mile-long linear accelerator at 2575 Sand Hill Road. The fire damaged supporting equipment, but not the accelerator itself, according to emergency personnel, and was quickly controlled.

Downtown fitness

Another event is joining Menlo Park's roster of downtown festivities: The city is partnering with SBM Fitness to showcase ways to have fun exercising. On Aug. 13, the sounds of Zumba dancers and runners panting, among others, will echo along Santa Cruz Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. when Menlo Park hosts its first "family fitness extravaganza."

Kickstarter

Menlo Park photographer Mark Tuschman has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish "Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge," a photo-essay collection documenting women's rights issues in developing countries.

Go to tinyurl.com/mb2rhu5 to learn more. Mr. Tuschman estimates he needs to raise at least $50,000 to get the 350-page book into publication; if the effort is successful, copies of the book will be donated to schools and libraries.

Caltrain fares

Caltrain fare increases will take effect during the next several months. The agency's board of directors approved the changes during its July meeting.

Day passes will cost 50 cents more, and paper one-way tickets 25 cents more, effective Oct. 5, a move the agency said is meant to encourage use of the reusable Clipper fare card. The cost of the "Go Pass," which employers may purchase for use by their employees, will rise $15 to $180 in 2015 and to $190 the following year.

Those counting as "youth" will catch a break — the transit agency expanded the category of people qualifying for the 50 percent youth discount by one year to include those who are 18 years old.

Meals on wheels

The Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteer drivers to make deliveries on Monday or Friday mornings, according to Peninsula Volunteers. The program takes more than 1,400 meals to housebound adults in south San Mateo County each week.

Go to tinyurl.com/nudgvhg to learn more.

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