People are invited to fill out the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/RG5GTPS.
The survey assesses people's attitudes and experiences with — as well as preparation for — natural disasters.
Learn more about the project at is.gd/smchazardplan.
New library book club launched for African American women
The Menlo Park Library has launched a book club for African American women called the Melanated Reads Book Group.
The group, moderated by city staff members Natalya Jones and Sarah Sandoval, launched in early February and is aimed at creating "a safe space for African American women to speak, vent and enjoy honest and open conversation," according to library staff.
The club meets monthly and selects books by African American authors.
"Our goal for this community-based group is to introduce a variety of African American writers who will help build a love of reading in a positive environment while meeting new people and gaining new perspectives," staff said.
This month's selection is "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett. The next monthly meeting is set to take place virtually on Monday, April 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Access more information at is.gd/bookclub1.
The library is also considering other book group concepts, such as a Spanish-language literature and discussion group, according to staff.
Woodside Arts & Culture online talk
The April edition of Woodside Arts & Culture's First Friday series offers a personal look at one artist's journey. San Francisco-based artist Rhonel Roberts discusses his upbringing and the influences that led to a career in art in "An African American Artist's Experience," an online talk on April 2, 7-8 p.m.
Roberts grew up near Stockton and got started in art at a young age at school, using India ink. Though the monochromatic medium doesn't reflect the vibrant and colorful works he would go on to create, Roberts credits ink drawing for teaching him layering and shading skills, according to his website.
Roberts studied art at the University of the Pacific and worked in design at Lockheed Martin for nearly a decade before deciding to focus on art. He also began working as an interior designer at this time.
Roberts' many partnerships include projects with Apple, Google, Fillmore Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Public Library and Papyrus card and stationery company.
"It is my dream and passion that my art has 'living impact'. I mean, when someone views my art they feel the inspiration and composition as something that speaks to the viewer and is uplifting, thought provoking, and creates desire to own a piece of my history," he says in his website mission statement.
For more information, visit woodsideartandculture.org.
Black holes talk
Black holes, how they form, where they are located and how they interact will be the topic of the Portola Valley Nature and Science Committee talk by Stanford University physics professor Roger W. Romani.
Join the discussion on April 8 at 7 p.m. A link to the meeting can be found at bit.ly/blackholetalk.
Coffee with Portola Valley Mayor Maryann Derwin
Portola Valley Mayor Maryann Derwin will be hosting an online "Coffee with the Mayor" on April 7 at 8:30 a.m. A link to the meeting will be posted online at portolavalley.net.
Atherton police appoint new commander
Daniel Larsen is now a commander for the Atherton Police Department (APD) as of March 17, according to a town newsletter. He replaces Joe Wade, who recently retired. Larsen will also take over Wade's role as public information officer for the department.
Larsen joined the APD as an officer in 2013. He was promoted to sergeant in 2017. Larsen's past roles include school resource officer, range master and defensive tactics instructor.
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