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COMMUNITY NEWS

Our team is committed to making a positive impact on our community. Learn more about the ongoing programs, engagement, and events that we support.

Hot Spots and Study Spots Programs

Study Spots: In 2020, University Circle made 8,000 square feet of vacant office space available to more than 120 local high school and college students as a safe, quiet, CDC-compliant space to pursue their virtual education. Free Wi-Fi was provided for students while on-site and adult supervision and study support were provided in partnership with local youth organization LIVE IN PEACE.

Hot Spots: Our team partnered with San Mateo County to install and broadcast Wi-Fi service from the roof of the University Circle complex, which is the tallest building in all of E. Palo Alto. Through this installation, free Wi-Fi was made available to more than 4,000 residents throughout the E. Palo Alto and Menlo Park communities, including hundreds of K–12 students, helping to remove one barrier to equity as the need for digital work and learning continued.

Weekly Farmers Market

Available in the circle every Thursday from 11:00-2:00, hosted by Good Roots

Commuter Program

University Circle was named a 2021 Best Site for Commuters – click here to access all commuting services.

University Circle Phase II

The EPA community is invited to learn more about the new proposed project at University Circle – click here to learn more.

Recent Events

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Latin Independence Day Event - Thursday, Sept. 16th

University Circle hosted a community event on Thursday, September 16th from 5:00-9:00 pm to celebrate Latin Independence Day, in partnership with the City of EPA and Live in Peace. The event had live music, performers, and vendors, and the community was invited to provide feedback on the development and Manhattan Avenue Public Art Project.

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Neighborhood Block Party

University Circle hosted a neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, August 14th from 2:00-5:00 pm. The community came out by the hundreds to enjoy all-you-can-eat tacos, giveaways for the kids, multicultural entertainment and activities, and engage with the property team as well as artist, Scape Martinez on the Manhattan Avenue Public Art Project.

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Celebrating Juneteenth

University Circle hosted a 2-night event, Thursday, July 17th and Friday, July 18th from 6:00-8:30pm, in partnership with the East Palo Alto Juneteenth Committee and Live in Peace (LIP) focused on Education, Small Business, Arts and Culture. These events recognized the history of the holiday and its impact today and celebrated with live music, art, and food.

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Celebrating 2021 Graduates

University Circle hosted an outdoor celebration for Black graduates from San Mateo County on May 25th.  

In addition, we celebrated the 36 high school and college students who completed their studies with the support of Live in Peace (LIP) and the Study Spots Program.

Congratulations to all this year’s graduates for your perseverance, strength, and dedication.

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Vaccination Clinics

University Circle hosted vaccination clinics in April in partnership with Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) and Drew Health Foundations, providing over 100 first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine to residents of East Palo Alto. Many recipients were the frontline essential workers who supported the community throughout the pandemic.