Community Outreach

Upcoming events

Municipal Service Center (MSC) Open House

The City is hosting an Open House at the Municipal Service Center (MSC) to showcase some of the “behind the scenes” work that we do for the community. Join us on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and bring your family, friends, and neighbors for a fun and educational day that is sure to please people of all ages!

Enjoy demonstrations and displays, delicious food from attending food trucks (Old Greenwood BBQ and Camila’s Tacos), free ice cream from Mister Softee, an electric vehicle expo, music, and other activities. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water containers and consider biking, walking, carpooling, or taking transit for your health and the environment. 


Saturday, July 27, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM


City of Palo Alto Municipal Service Center, 3201 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94303. View Map.

For all events, view the City of Palo Alto’s Calendar HERE.


Tour the Regional Water Quality Control Plant Take a walking tour of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant and see how operators, scientists, engineers, and educators work together to clean 20 million gallons of wastewater daily before it’s released to San Francisco Bay. Tours are offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with an appointment. Students must be 6th grade or higher. Closed-toe shoes are required.

To schedule a tour, see our updated Plant Tour Request Form and Guidelines or call (650) 329-2598.

Check Out Home Improvement Rebates that Prevent Pollution
Rebates are available for installing rain barrels, permeable pavements, and rain catchment cisterns. These beautiful and practical home improvements filter pollution and reduce stormwater runoff.

More information at

Learn Something New
Attend a workshop to learn how to reduce waste, prevent pollution and conserve water. Topics include pest control, composting, pollinators and more. Most classes are free. Visit for more information.​