COMMUNITY AND EVENTS

 UPCOMING 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.

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.

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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.

A TYPICAL 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

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 Community Scholarship Fund and the Montessori School of Los Altos.

Greenmeadow Community 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 2022

The 58th annual Greenmeadow Community Scholarship Fund Awards Reception was celebrated on Sunday, April 24. We honored 13 Finalists who are outstanding graduating high school seniors; five from the Greenmeadow Community and eight from Menlo-Atherton High School. Their stories are inspiring. This year we awarded 5 scholarships and 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.
On this day we gleaned some wonderful insights about these students and the Scholarship Board would like to share these stories.

George Ebey Scholarship—Menlo-Atherton High School

Daisy Bolanos Castrillon—Award of Merit
Daisy is her own person beaming with enthusiasm and positivity and pride. She is deeply engaged in – US history,  Human Biology , and contemporary dance.  In every subject Daisy looks for the stories behind the core lesson, like how her AP Spanish studies are as much about mastering a language as they are an exploration into today’s social issues, like immigration and gender equality. Daisy’s extracurricular activities are diverse:  from coding (Daisy built a website to create awareness of the homelessness issue) to clinical neuroscience…from developing a business via the Golden Stage Summer Academy to being a leader of the Dream Club where members foster community and celebration around the Latina/Latino culture.  Daisy will attend UC Berkeley.

Geovany Castro Lopez—Scholarship Winner
Just a little more than two years ago Geovany was living in a rural town in El Salvador.  At 15, he was forced to flee to the US where he arrived in East Palo Alto partway through his sophomore year.  His ultimate goal was to attend a 4-year University and pursue the field of medicine, but he realized “I need to learn English – fast!” So, he embraced ESL, got a job at Safeway where he loved talking to customers, and started a new club at his school: the Intercambio Club – or Exchange Club to match those learning English with those learning Spanish.  The result: accelerated skill development for all parties, but maybe more valuable —  connection between people who would normally not hang out with each other. He is headed to UC Berkeley to pursue his goal to become a doctor.

Paulina Gutierrez Carmona—Scholarship Winner
Paulina’s passion lies within Environmental Studies. She is interested in Marine Sciences and Climate Justice, specifically in the interconnectedness between wildlife and humanity. Taking courses in Advocacy, Social Justice, AP Environmental Science and Marine Biology gave Paulina a deeper understanding of this connection, and furthermore, how many environmental effects are experienced firsthand by marginalized communities. She participated in the Grassroots Ecology summer program to contribute toward efforts to care for the local wildlife preserve. Paulina also learned and assisted at the Marine Life Institute, which provides youth education programs in natural resource preservation and carbon footprint reduction. She will be going to UC Davis in the fall. 

Mariana Palafox Huerta —Award of Merit
Mariana joined the Intercambio, an English-Spanish language exchange club, where she learned English from her peers while teaching them Spanish. This experience, along with the College Track program introduced Mariana to a supportive community and gave her a bit of a map to get her to where she wants to be. During Covid she volunteered to help distribute relief checks and care packages to families in need, and help people avoid eviction in her community through the church and the Live in Peace program in East Palo Alto. In her free time, Mariana enjoys dancing – she is in the hip hop Heat Unleashed Dance club. Mariana will be attending UC Berkley, where she hopes to study Molecular and Cellular Biology. 

Alaa Khabaza—Award of Merit
Alaa wasn’t born in the US.  At the age of seven, he, his parents and his six siblings moved from Syria to the U.S. months before the Arab Spring and ensuing civil war.  Alaa speaks three languages: Spanish, Arabic and English.  His curiosity about the world has fueled a diverse and impressive set of academic pursuits, including really leaning into history and current events. Alaa is also a committed member of the Muslim Community Association, or MCA.  He developed and executed a new Islamic class for students at M-A which was an immediate success with 15 students attending and multiple requests from parents to continue the program. Next year Alaa will begin his pursuit to be a surgeon and will attend UC Merced.

Tracy Ramirez Alvarez—Award of Merit
Tracy has a message for kids like herself: being smart is not something you’re just given. It’s all about the effort you put in. It’s a lesson she learned growing up, and it’s a lesson she passes on to younger kids today. Tracy has shouldered a lot of responsibility, including being the caretaker for her dad when he got seriously ill with covid. She also had a nearly full-time job, working 30 hours a week at Shake Shack throughout her senior year.  Academically, Tracy is drawn to the sciences – particularly in human biology and psychology. She plans to study at CSU Fullerton.

Gabriela Martinez Rico —Award of Merit
Gaby wants to be a bilingual teacher who will create the most welcoming environment both for her students and their parents because education is a family effort. Gaby describes her dream as making an impact on students from immigrant families the way her teachers made an impact on her. She already has a head start on her teaching career, teaching catechism to second and third graders at St. Francis of Assisi in East Palo Alto. Along the way, she has also taken multiple leadership roles in her church liturgy club and at M-A, including the AVID and LUMA clubs. Gaby will be attending CSU Fullerton.

Brianna Aguayo Villalon—Scholarship Winner
Brianna’s particularly skilled in writing and baking.  As co-editor in chief of the M-A Chronicle, Brianna edits 10-plus articles a week, manages the Chronicle’s social media, and translates articles into Spanish. She’s also a dedicated and skilled baker. She started out learning recipes from her mom, then meticulously developed her own specialty in baked goods. She describes how every day after school she practiced creating and proofing dough and diligently recording her experiments with the yeast-to-water ratio to make the tastiest, fluffiest conchas. At college, Brianna plans to pursue a pre-med track. She’s interested in medical writing, and is inspired to promote better access to health care in her community. She will attend UC Berkeley.

 

Greenmeadow Community Scholarship

Alex Kirner— Award of Merit
Alex is musically inclined. He’s an accomplished bassoonist who has performed at Carnegie Hall and is also passionate about singing with his choir where he relishes the personal interactions it affords. His musical journey has taught him that leadership is all about teaching and mentoring and he has discovered that the scene and and surroundings of every musical venue give him the utmost joy and pleasure. He’ll be attending University of Puget Sound where he’s planning on studying computer science with a minor in music.

Emma Grant-Bier —Scholarship Winner
Emma is headed to Oberlin College in the fall where she’ll focus on psychology, but plans to leave her options open. That’s because she has a diverse set of interests ranging from athletics (wrestling and swimming), to the arts (musical theater), to leadership roles with organizations such as Gender and Sexuality Alliance and Stage Tech. Emma values asking questions, efficient time management, and learning how leaders delegate to be productive. She has learned how practice enables improvement of what she does and has used public speaking to help manage social anxiety.

Noah Milivojevic—Award of Merit
Noah first joined a Maker Space in 6th grade, where he learned solid works CAD software, 3-D printing, and completed a wide range of projects. He is now mentoring designers and engineers at the same Maker Space.  Noah also does a lot more than rocket science. He’s been backpacking at Camp Unalayee since 6th grade, became a CIT, and is now a Counselor. He told us that engineering’s effort to solve societal problems requires an understanding of that society; that’s why the humanities are important even for STEM majors.”  He is headed to University of Alabama-Huntsville.

 

Jonathan Hardan—Award of Merit
Jonathan’s hard work ethic is not only reflected in his academic achievement, but manifests itself in his willingness to lend a hand to others. He spent significant time helping one of our neighbors who was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. During Covid, it was more difficult to have outside helpers, so Jonathan went daily to assist in the basics of self-care and movement around the house.  And, after seeing the devastation of the 2020 explosion at the port in Lebanon, where is family is from, he helped rebuild a fire house that had been destroyed in the explosion. Next year, Jonathan is planning to attend Purdue. 

 

Aditi Bonthu—Scholarship winner
Aditi is a math whiz. She wound up attending the Proof School in SF which offers a transformative liberal arts education for kids who love math. While there she was very active on the robotics team, choir, and dance. Aditi joined the Proof School’s Community Service program volunteering at St. Anthony’s cafeteria.  Most importantly Aditi and her peers inspired younger students to get involved thereby creating a sustainable community service organization where there was none before. Aditi will attend Harvey Mudd College and intends to double major in Computational Biology and Neuroscience.

Image of the 2022 GMCA scholorship winners

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