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Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg captured these poppies on a training run along Skyline last weekend. We think this native plant, which adds a cheery note to many local gardens, is the perfect vehicle for commemorating  Earth Day on its 45th anniversary.

According the the Cal Gov website, Earth Day was conceived in 1969 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, and his assistant Dennis Hayes, after a trip they took to Santa Barbara following the devastating oil spill off the Southern California coast. According to legend, the men were so outraged by what they saw that upon returning to Washington, D.C., Nelson introduced a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the Earth. The date was chosen to help commemorate the birth of famed naturalist and conservationist John Muir, who was born on April 21, 1838.

It’s estimated that 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day in 1970. By the year 2000, formal events celebrating Earth Day were being observed in 184 countries, and more than 500 million people participated in those events.

Photo by Frances Freyberg

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M-A Big Bear Run takes place on Sunday, May 4 – fundraiser for school athletics

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The 9th annual  Big Bear Run is set for Sunday, May 4. Proceeds from the race support Menlo-Atherton High School’s 50-plus sports teams. Professionally timed, the 5K run begins at the M-A gym lot on Ringwood and weaves through flat Lindenwood, ending with a track finish on Coach Parks Field. Medals are awarded for all […]

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Fit Kids Foundation co-hosts Children’s Champions event at Stanford Stadium

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It was just about three years ago that Atherton resident Ashley Riley founded the Fit Kids Foundation, so we thought the time was right to get an update about the organization’s programs. She told us that they’re now offering after school fitness programs free of charge to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to participate […]

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Filoli flowers celebrate spring time on the Peninsula

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During this Passover and Easter season, we at InMenlo celebrate the warmer and longer days of Spring with a selection of photos taken by InMenlo photographers Scott Loftesness (top and bottom) and Frances Freyberg (tulips right and below) at Filoli. New flowers will be in bloom next month when the historic property’s annual flower show […]

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Classic car auto show at M-A today through 2:00 pm – and it’s free!

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We stopped by the Menlo-Atherton High School campus this morning where the America’s Pastime Car Show is running today through 2:00 pm. Admission is free. A fundraiser for the school’s baseball team (the frosh-soph team is pictured below), there’s a raffle and BBQ lunch as well as the chance to see some great classic automobiles, hot […]

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M-A baseball coach Mike Amoroso gets his players involved in America’s Pastime car show

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Mike Amoroso has been the Varsity baseball coach at Menlo-Atherton High School since 2007, but we were on campus to visit with him about classic cars, not classic swings. That’s because the 8th annual America’s Pastime Car Show, which benefits the baseball team, will be held this Saturday, April 19th, from 8:00 am to 2:00 […]

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Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park is site of emergency response drill with CERT teams fanning out to surrounding neighborhood and other areas

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It had an ominous name – the Silver Dragon VIII Emergency Exercise – but its purpose may keep local residents safer in the future. The drill, staged at Cafe Zoë in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park this morning, tested the ability of public agencies and volunteers to provide emergency assistance in the event of a major […]

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Danny Goldberg uses sound therapy to guide people into deep meditative state

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Want to take a guided hike in the the hills above Menlo Park? Or maybe you’re interested in taking some art classes, whether it be in a studio or outdoors. Or enter a deep meditative state through sound healing therapy. All — and more — are offerings of Danny Goldberg, whom we’d come to talk to on a […]

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Canopy and the community celebrate the planting of 1,000 new trees with ceremony at Willow Oaks School

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As part of its Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! initiative, Canopy engaged a corps of volunteers to plant its 1,000 tree last Saturday at Willow Oaks School in Menlo Park. Launched in 2011, the Canopy initiative partnered with local school districts to plant 1,000 drought tolerant shade and fruit trees on school campuses while supplementing classroom environmental […]

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Good news for jigsaw fans – Menlo Park is home to Artifact Puzzles

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The notion that “it would be fun to buy a laser cutter” kept creeping into Maya Gupta’s brain. “I studied electrical engineering because I was interested in lasers,” she explained in the warehouse space of Menlo Park-based Artifact Puzzles, which she started as a hobby and is turning into a business. The idea of making […]

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Resident and business chosen to receive 2014 Environmental Quality Award

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Residents and businesses are invited to honor the 2014 Environmental Quality Awards winners at the April 29th City Council meeting at 7:00 pm. The awards are given to recognize outstanding efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations that improve environmental quality in Menlo Park. They’re coordinated annually by the City’s Environmental Quality Commission. The 2014 Environmental […]

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