COMMUNITY AND EVENTS

GMCA activities are a function of the interests of the membership. Some events, like the annual July 4th Parade and Celebration are steeped in tradition, while others are relatively new, like food truck and karaoke nights.  Join us today, and get involved! Members can also reserve space at some of our facilities for private parties and events.

 UPCOMING EVENTS

No upcoming events.

Information for connecting to online meetings can be found here.

Note: unless otherwise noted, clubhouse and pool activities are open to members and their guests only. The guest policy is: 8 guests per membership per month, maximum 4 per event. Greenmeadow residents may not attend as guests. We hope that residents will join as fair share members or as swim members. Learn more about membership here.

YEAR AT A GLANCE

Jan
  • Super Bowl Viewing Party
  • Preseason Swim Team Starts
Feb
  • Mardi Gras Party
Mar – Apr
  • Member Appreciation Party
  • Spring Egg Hunt and Community Potluck
  • House and Garden Tour
May
  • Marlins Swim Team starts
  • Memorial Day Potluck and Concert in the Park
June
  • Friday Night Dinners & Food Trucks
  • Saturday Swim Meets
July
  • 4th of July Parade and celebration
  • Quarterly meeting and Ice Cream Social
  • Swim Team Championships
Aug
  • Food trucks and Karaoke in the park
Sept
  • Fall swim conditioning starts
  • Labor Day Picnic
Oct
  • Progressive Dinner
  • Scary Distance Swim meet, Halloween event
Nov – Dec
  • Holiday Open House

CALENDAR

View all community events and details on the GMCA Google Calendar

CLASSES

Music Classes

Noise Lab is dedicated to helping families give their children the gift of music.

Noise lab is passionate about providing unique and innovative opportunities for learning music through creativity and improvisation. Research suggests that childhood is a key time for music learning. By providing a music rich environment, your children can improve aptitude, musicianship, and develop instrument readiness and music literacy.

Classes offered Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please check with the organisers to confirm the schedule: mynoiselab@gmail.com

Join today!  www.noiselabmusic.org

Noise Lab is led by dedicated Bay Area parents, musicians, and educators with doctoral degrees in music education.

Meet the Harts

Leslie Hart is an active freelance horn player and professional educator in the San Francisco bay area. She is currently the music specialist at the Bing Nursery School at Stanford University and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Leslie has several published works on learning music with creativity and improvisation and she performs regularly as a member of Emerald Brass QuintetFrequency 49 Woodwind Sextet and with Opera San Jose.

David Hart a native of California, leads an international music career focusing on both education and performance. Passionate about teaching and learning, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. David focuses his education research on ways to improve creativity and improvisation in the music learning process. Currently, David is director of instrumental music at the Harker Middle School and teaches jazz band, orchestra, and choir. He helped create the Harker Concert Series and is currently co-artist director. He performs as a freelance jazz trumpet player throughout the Bay Area and is on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

PARTY AND EVENTS RENTALS

Members can rent space beside our pool for parties. Our green and shady park is also available for group gatherings and picnics, and our community room can seat up to 30 people for meetings and presentations. Our new clubhouse is also available for members to rent. Contact us to enquire about availability or make a reservation.  

Pool Parties

Rentals are available to GMCA members for up to three hours any day of the week, for up to 25 guests.  Please note that the pool will be shared with other pool users, but there will be a reserved grass area for you and your guests, with shade, use of the barbecue and additional lifeguards. Event guests may use the bathrooms in the clubhouse, but may not gather in the main space. The host may use the kitchen area in the clubhouse. Please make sure to keep it clean.

You may bring in your own cake, food and drinks, but please no glass on the pool deck.

$150 for up to 3 hours. $100 deposit.

Please contact us to enquire about availability.

Park Rentals

Reservations are required for all GMCA members wishing to hold space in the Greenmeadow Community Park.

One to 24 guests at no charge with a reservation. Parties of 25 guests or more will have a $25.00 per hour fee.

Contact us for more information.

Clubhouse Rental

Rentals are available to GMCA members.

The new clubhouse can hold up to 30 people in a classroom setting, and there are tables and chairs available for use.

Price: $150 for a three hour rental.

Rules for Usage:
• Allowed up to 30 guests. Additional $50 will be added for parties with over 30 guests.
Parties with over fifty guests need to make special arrangements with the manager.
• Only Greenmeadow members are allowed to reserve the space.
• Must follow the cleaning and usage policy.
• Rentals will be offered year round but will not be allowed on some Holidays
(Clubhouse will be open to all members on Holidays).

• See manager with any request that falls outside of this policy.

HOSTING A COMMUNITY EVENT? Click here for info

Contact us to reserve.

Community Room Rental

The community room (room behind preschool) is free for members to reserve and cost $50 an hour for non-members to reserve the room. 

Click here to see the community room calendar, and contact us to request a rental. 

PARTNERS

Greenmeadow works with a selection of external organizations which help us to contribute to our wider community, and deliver major services and benefits to our members and to the public. We have partnered with the Greenmeadow Scholarship Fund, Santa Clara Swim Club and the Montessori School of Los Altos.

Greenmeadow Scholarship Fund

The Greenmeadow Community Scholarship Fund (GMCSF) is a unique community-based scholarship program, and an example of what defines our community and makes it special.  It seeks to acknowledge and honor graduating high school seniors who demonstrate the qualities of potential for achievement, service to the community and worthy character. Winners get scholarship awards and textbook stipends to support further education.  

There are two parts to the GMSCF.  The Greenmeadow Community Scholarship is for students whose families are part of the Greenmeadow community at large (members of GMCA; residents who live in Greenmeadow, but are not members of GMCA; Associate members). The George Ebey Scholarship is for Menlo-Atherton High School students and is awarded in collaboration with the Menlo-Atherton College and Career Center.

The GMCSF has been in continual operation since awarding its first scholarship in 1964. The Scholarship Board is staffed exclusively by volunteers with roots in the Greenmeadow community who believe strongly in the value of recognizing and supporting young people in our local communities. The scholarship continues to exist because of the generous contributions of Greenmeadow community members.  The Scholarship Fund is non-profit and donations are tax deductible.  GMCSF would like to thank its donors for their commitment to the ideals of this scholarship which remains a unique and cherished Greenmeadow tradition.

Click Here To Donate Now to the GMCSF

GREENMEADOW COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND MAKES ANNUAL AWARDS FOR 2020

The 56th annual Greenmeadow Community Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 26 was historic. Social distancing in the age of Coronavirus forced us into a virtual gathering on the Zoom platform to honor 16 outstanding graduating high school seniors; eight from the Greenmeadow Community and eight from Menlo-Atherton High School. These students exemplify what the scholarship is all about: academic performance, community service, and worthy character. Their stories are inspiring. Each of the finalists for the Greenmeadow and George Ebey Scholarships was awarded a textbook stipend and received a gift book of their choice selected at the time of their interviews.

In this moment of incredible disruption we were glad to have the chance to recognize a wonderful group of young people. On this day we learned some amazing things about these students and the Scholarship Board would like to share these vignettes.

 

Menlo-Atherton High School Finalists—George Ebey Scholarship

 

Katie Maravilla (Award of Merit)

 

Katie is bright, articulate, and exudes enthusiasm. Given her natural leadership capability it’s no wonder she was elected M-A Senior Class President. She will pursue a liberal arts education at Cal State Fullerton in preparation to be a teacher. This career goal is a natural extension of her many activities that concentrate on preparing and educating children for what life has in store. 

 

Jeddy Jacinto Molina  (Award of Merit)

 

Jeddy wants to pursue a life in politics, with a focus in advocating for people’s rights. Her interest in politics and advocacy derived from her study of US History, but she also credits Ms. Olsen, her Gender Studies teacher. Jeddy has participated in rallies, marches and protests, such as the “Free the Children” march in San Francisco, and organized to end the unjust treatment of immigrants in detention facilities. She has volunteered at a homeless shelter and is a Board Member of the Get Involved Foundation. When asked what her plans are for the future she responded, “become  President of the United States of America.” Jeddy plans to attend UC Riverside in the Fall. 

 

Elder Lopez Moreno (Award of Merit)

 

Elder emigrated from Guatemala when he was in eight grade and spoke no English. Expectedly, times were tough during this transition, but when he started at MA in 9th grade, he had a plan: 1) improve his English; 2) make some friends; 3) ask for help. And that’s what he did.

 

His own experiences have taught him how life can change. This was brought home after a 6 week internship at Google when he realized how often “people end up doing something completely different from what they studied in college.” 

Right now he plans to study Math, Landscaping and Design at UC Riverside.

 

Nancy Lopez Rivera  (Scholarship Winner)

 

Nancy is the MA Senior Class Vice President; the first Latina and Deaf person in this position at the school. Before starting at M-A as a sophomore she had only attended a school for the Deaf. Transitioning to a mainstream school was not easy, but Nancy decided get involved in school activities and programs within the community that gave her more confidence and a chance at leadership. Nancy has been honored with the Principal’s Award for Achievement in English, is on the Student Advisory Board in the Sequoia School District, has volunteered for the Special Olympics, and the Ecumenical Hunger Program.

 

Nancy draws inspiration from her dad, a caring and hardworking man who has done everything for her and her sister to ensure a better life for them than seemed possible in their native Mexico. Nancy is looking forward to majoring in Psychology or Child Development and working with deaf children in the future. She has decided to attend CSU at Chico in the Fall.

 

Samantha Salinas (Award of Merit)

 

Samantha is hard working and determined. She does not shirk from responsibility. She has taken challenging academic classes in math and science and also works 35 hrs/wk. It’s not for everyone, but Samantha finds a lot of happiness in working with, and helping, people. She relishes interacting with a host of different folks, and seeing how she can make other people’s day a bit nicer. She plans to major in sociology in anticipation of taking her work philosophy and applying it broadly across society. She’ll be at UC Riverside this fall.

 

Jacqueline Arias Sanchez  (Scholarship Winner)

 

When we met Jackie, we were struck by her resourcefulness, motivation, hard work and resilience. School didn’t come easy, but by junior year, she was getting mostly As and had a 4.0 GPA. Jackie also enjoys boxing which helps her take care of herself and relieve stress. She is determined to help her community. She interned at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital and volunteered at the Nine Lives Foundation and anticipates that those experiences will be valuable as she pursues a career in healthcare. Jackie will be the first in her family to attend college and has decided to attend CSU at Northridge in the Fall. 

 

Francis Santos Sanchez (Award of Merit)

 

We had a great conversation with Francis during her interview and came away impressed by her academic performance, friendly, approachable personality. It was evident she possessed a far ranging intellectual capacity that would go a long way in solving complex societal issues. Her governmental experience as a youth member in a neighborhood council has fostered her interest in sociology or political science and she will choose one of these areas for her major at UC Riverside.

 

Brenda Banuelos Torres (Scholarship Winner)

 

Brenda is trilingual (English, Spanish and American Sign Language) and is an excellent communicator. In a world where people are too busy to be present, she is “very-very present.” Although she is deaf she uses minute details and contextual clues to understand and make sense of her environment. She focuses on the people around her. These skills have prepared her to be an excellent scientist. Brenda is excited about college at Chico State and is looking at Animal Science as a possible major.

 

Greenmeadow Finalists—Greenmeadow Community Scholarship

 

Emily Chow   (Award of Merit)

Emily arrived from Shanghai for freshman year of high school and soon realized her biggest challenge was language and community – so she founded the Culture Connection Group which began as a news aggregation organization for about a dozen students.  Before long there were over 100 people attending the weekly meetings and they were covering 5 total languages (in addition to English), so the mission had changed from a simple translation job into management and talent acquisition. Despite a very full schedule, she has made time to create art which lets you clear your mind, surprise yourself, and maintain a connection with your family (her grandfather was the one who taught her to draw and paint).  She will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she’s planning on studying chemical engineering. 

 

Riya Hariharan  (Scholarship Winner)

 

Riya has explored a career in the life sciences through the Brown pre-college Med program and an internship in the VA’s infusion clinic. Aside from her interest in medicine she has worked hard to hone her musical talents playing piano and singing in Gunn’s choir. She earned a 10-year swimmer award at Greenmeadow. She has volunteered over 200 hours tutoring kids in the Leader Reader program. Riya also founded a small charity, GiftKids, which started collecting supplies to help a teacher’s efforts in Haiti. It now includes three initiatives annually (in India, Haiti, and San Jose) and has raised over $7,000. Riya is hoping to continue this charity while attending Scripps College.

 

Noah Howard  (Scholarship Winner)

 

If you want to get some insight on Noah, just go to Wikipedia. You will find an impressive collection of his work, including 137 articles he’s authored ranging from the architecture of Algeria to German feminism. Noah’s most comprehensive contribution is the research, illustrations and writing he’s done to capture the language and nuanced dialect of the Yokuts — Native Americans from Central California. His belief and commitment in making things that create value for people motivates his research. Noah simply didn’t want this important part of their culture to be lost. Noah is going to study Industrial Design and Anthropology at a very unique program between the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.

 

 

Elliot Kau  (Award of Merit)

Elliott is gifted in the fields of math and science and it’s no surprise he’s already developing sophisticated computer science models. He’s dug into robotics and artificial intelligence, leading a team in a science competition to 4th place in the nation.  And last summer he worked at NASA writing code for their unmanned spacecraft program. 

But Elliot isn’t just about hacking code or cracking complex calculus – he’s an accomplished pianist who was invited to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  He’s also an active member at his church, including being a Cell Group Lead. Elliott will study Computer Science this fall at the University of Southern California.

 

Fabrice Kurmann  (Award of Merit)

 

Fabrice has an outstanding academic record (AP classes in math, science, economics and language), a Renaissance-like variety of extra-curricular pursuits, and meaningful participation in the community. Fabrice swam and was a CIT here at Greenmeadow and plays the piano! He has been helping to organize, advertise, and conduct Swiss community events for many years. But, aside from all that it seems that his greatest passion is driving very FAST. He started saving for a car when he was 10 years old by walking dogs and requesting cash birthday presents. This persistence paid off as he bought a Porsche and participated in his first race at age 16 – putting his physics studies into practice. He will attend UCSC in computer science.

 


Colin MacPherson  (Award of Merit)

 

Colin is considering focusing on either Economics (thanks to a great high school teacher) or Biology due to his interest in how the body works thanks to his many years as a soccer player.  However, he’s putting these interests on hold to try his hand at playing European soccer next fall. He has learned several life lessons from the sport, including discipline, anticipation, the joy of working with younger kids, and how to make the best out of a difficult situation. Colin’s advice for those just beginning high school would be to try everything (try out for the play, explore music!), but also not to mess around with your academics.  

 

Kelly Schultz. (Award of Merit)

 

Kelly subscribes to a theory that you are a combination of the 10 closest people in your life.  From them she has absorbed the attributes of family loyalty, problem solving, leadership, pushing boundaries, humor, academic enthusiasm, following your heart, passion, and being both a dreamer and a doer.  Kelly has spent many hours as a TA for honors math and physics students, volunteering with seniors, and been on the Board for her high school’s annual hackathon despite not having any computer science background. Kelly always knew she wanted to focus on the STEM field broadly and is headed to Scripps College where she will concentrate on either Biophysics or Biomedical sciences.

 

Isabel Paris Stewart  (Award of Merit)

 

Isabel Paris Stewart is a dynamic young woman with incredible talent in the arts as an actor, vocalist and dancer. She commits herself to helping others, volunteering to support younger kids interested in theater, and she also fosters sheltered kittens. Isabel is nothing if not persistent. When faced with a new and challenging role, Isabel digs in, builds empathy for the person within the script and puts in the work. These same attributes enabled her to find alternative learning methods to master her dyslexia. She is planning to study Acting at North Carolina School of the Arts

Montessori School of Los Altos at Greenmeadow
The Montessori School of Los Altos at Greenmeadow is located at 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto.  The preschool was built in 1954 as part of the original Greenmeadow development, and is located next to the pool compound.  The preschool is operated by the Montessori School of Los Altos.

This innovative preschool offers a 3-year Montessori Primary curriculum that explores many key areas of learning through small group and individual lessons.

In addition to the core elements of the Montessori Program like Language, Mathematics, Practical Life, Sensorial and Geography, the preschool offers Science and Music enrichment programs as well as both Mandarin and Spanish language programs.

At the Montessori School of Los Altos at Greenmeadow, a child’s development is rounded out with lessons in grace and courtesy, art appreciation and hands on projects, movement and dance, rhythm, song and an introduction to musical instruments as well as the chance to participate in many cultural activities and celebrations reflecting their diverse parent community.

Each child will thrive in this program, building strong academic skills, a cooperative approach to working with their teachers and peers and a love of learning. Please contact the preschool to join a tour; smartkids@sbcglobal.net  or phone 650.493.7200