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Focus on Community Love, Kindness, and Wellness This Valentine’s Day Weekend

Offering resources good for the heart and soul

From library resources, to online opportunities to connect, this blog shares ways to fall in love with the community this Valentine’s weekend and a reminder that kindness and wellness are good for your heart.

Random Acts of Kindness

The Palo Alto Library staff compiled ways for all of us to show a little kindness this Valentine’s Day weekend. Their blog offers some ways to share love with the community in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and ways to take care of your heart!

If you’ve heard news stories about a stranger paying a bridge toll or someone experiencing an unexpected good gesture and wondered how to participate in the kindness movement, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has you covered! Their blog has all kinds of ideas that are easy, fun, and meaningful. Random Acts of Kindness Week 2021 will be celebrated February 14–20, check out their resources for generating gratitude and goodness.

Kindness and Wellness Resources During this Challenging Time

Treating yourself with kindness and a focus of gratitude is also good for your heart and soul. Try some of the wellness ideas compiled by the City of Palo Alto Staff for you and your family during these challenging times at

More Resources Filled with Love

Love of Books

For book lovers out there, check out these book lists from the Palo Alto Library. For a fresh dose of romance, check out these 20 diverse contemporary romance novels published in 2020. For a fresh perspective on gratitude, find this book list. There’s even something for teens.

Love of Health

Here are 6 tips to still have a lovely Valentine’s Day amid current health and safety concerns.

Love of the Outdoors

For the love of outdoors, make sure to visit a local nature preserve this weekend.

Love of Palo Alto

What do you love about Palo Alto? Share your community love by sharing your love on social media and tagging #PaloAltoLove

Share the Love!

Do you love…. that one pasta dish from the restaurant down the street? The view from your back door? Your neighbor? A book you just checked out from the library? One of the many hiking trails in Palo Alto? If you have something you love, we want you to share it with us! Use the #PAShareTheLove and tag us in your post (account must be public for us to see post), and we’ll share it on our story!

And remember…ART is the best part of HEART!

New Temporary Murals on Cal Avenue and in Downtown Celebrate Community Resiliency

Love is in the air as the Palo Alto Public Art Program has unveiled eight new murals near California and University Avenues to support community well-being by animating these commercial corridors and promoting pedestrian traffic. Eight local artists and artist teams have created original designs exploring themes of resiliency, empathy, healing, cultural diversity and vibrancy, presenting a diverse cohort of artists varying in background, style, and experience. Viewers will be able to navigate from one mural site to the next with the help of an interactive tour map. Art labels at each location will incorporate QR codes offering additional information about each artist and their artwork. Pictures tagged with @publicartpa will be highlighted in the Public Art Program’s social media.

“Where the Heart Is” Free Virtual Artist Talks

Spend your Friday afternoons with artists at the Palo Alto Art Center.

Cantor Arts Center at Home

If you’re longing for a museum visit, Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center has added more virtual tours of their collection and some interactive activities to download or explore online. Check out their Museum From Home offerings here.

We hope these resources help jump start your weekend filled with community, family and love.



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