San Mateo PAL Pulse June 2024

San Mateo PAL Pulse

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Meet PAL's New Director of Special Events and Stewardship Marie Ivich

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Marie has had a successful career focused on working in the nonprofit sector and most recently served as the Development Manager for the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, a beloved early-education science institution that has been engaging a child’s curiosity in science with hands-on exhibits and animal encounters for more than 90 years.

She is excited to bring her event planning and fundraising skills to her new role as the Director of Special Events and Stewardship for PAL. She looks forward to partnering with the PAL staff and Board of Directors to help fulfill PAL’s mission of supporting youth in the local community.

Marie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University. She is a native San Matean and currently resides in the Laurelwood neighborhood with her husband and dog. She has two grown sons who are attending college, enjoys reading, going on walks and hikes, and is learning to play pickleball and golf!

"With many exciting PAL events planned this year, I look forward to connecting with each of you soon. In the meantime please reach out with ideas and suggestions on how to best support PAL. My door is always open!"

To contact Marie, please email: or call 650-522-7713.

Welcome to PAL, Marie!

News and Updates

Mental Health Matters 2024: 5K Run/Walk and Wellness Fair Recap

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Last month we put together another successful 5K for PAL as we partnered with Star Vista and Stride For Awareness to host Mental Health Matters 2024 - 5K Run/Walk and Wellness Fair. It was the perfect day for the local community to come together to create awareness about the importance of mental health. We had over 500 participants for both the 5K and wellness fair, food trucks, mental health wellness exhibitors and live yoga! It was amazing to see the community come together and we hope you will join us next year.

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Meet Our PAL Staff

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In every newsletter, we will be spotlighting a PAL staff member or volunteer. Without them, our PAL programs would not be successful and we so grateful for their hard work and dedication.

This month we are spotlighting:

David Esquivel, Community Services Coordinator

David brings with him a real passion for serving the community and is experienced when it comes to Parks and Recreation. Originally from San Jose, David has worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds throughout settings such as teen center, preschool, summer camps, active adult programs, and public events. Most recently, he spent some time in Los Angeles while working with underserved families in need of mental health services. Aside from advocating for community enrichment, however, David also enjoys hiking, trying new foods, and being a husband. 

Welcome to PAL, David!

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What is Rookie Up To?

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Rookie is PAL's Therapy K9. Under the care and watch of Youth Services Officer, Allison Adle, Rookie's duties include comforting victims and witnesses of crime, reducing trauma, increasing wellness, and participating in community outreach particularly involving our youth.

Pictured: Rookie and Officers Adle and Basurto leading the 5K! Way to go, team.

To see more pictures of Rookie, follow Rookie's Instagram page @tk9_rookie.

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Upcoming Events

Enrollment for PAL Summer Field Trips Now Open!

Enrollment for PAL summer field trips are open and spots are filling up quickly. To ensure you are eligible to register for these summer fieldtrips, please make sure that you are 1) an active PAL member and that 2) you have an active San Mateo Parks and Recreation account to enroll in classes and activities.

If you have any questions or need help with registration, please email:

Save the Dates! Junior Giants Events

Junior Giants Festival
August 3, 2024 at King Center from 9am to 5pm
For more information, email:

Central Park Concert Series

The 2024 Central Park Music Series kicks off on June 20th and runs until August 8th. Join us each Thursday for free live music.

Upcoming concert dates:
Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 6-8 p.m.
• Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 6-8 p.m.
• Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 12-2 p.m
( 4th of July in the Park celebration returns this year from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with live music running from 12-2 p.m.)

For more information, click here.

National Night Out on August 6, 2024

Mark your calendars for National Night Out on August 6, 2024. Strengthen your community by knowing your neighbors, watching out for each other, and working together for a safe community. This event is open to all residents and blocks in the City of San Mateo. More information here.

Check Out What Our PAL Kids Are Up To!

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Crafts Class
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PAL's Place
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Flag Football

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Email us pictures and videos (past or present) of your child participating in PAL programs or activities for a chance to be featured on our social media. You can email all content to:

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