September 2011

Author Gennifer Choldenko

Appearing as part of the Peninsula Library System’s We Read Together program, author Gennifer Choldenko will be talking about her books, Al Capone Does My Shirts and Al Capone Shines My Shoes, at the Menlo Park Library on Monday, October 3 at 7:00 pm.  The San Francisco Bay Area-based author’s first novel, Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a California Book Award winner. Al Capone Does My Shirts was a Newbery Honor Book and a School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.  Al Capone Shines My Shoes — a sequel to the Al Capone Does My Shirts — was a Kirkus, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Chicago Public Library Best of the Best for 2009. Gennifer’s appearance is made possible by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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Buckyballs are cool, but can’t replace baseballs

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Editor’s note: We are always informed and occasionally amused by SLAC Today‘s word of the week and couldn’t resist today’s offering – buckyball – as the baseball playoffs begin. The diminutive of buckminsterfullerene, a buckyball is a spherical molecule of carbon atoms. First observed in 1985 by a team at Rice University, which subsequently won […]

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Banners reflecting on the war in Afghanistan on display at Trinity Church

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Trinity Church in Menlo Park is the temporary home of six works of art, represententing Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a project of the American Friends Service Committee, which is sponsored locally by the Multifaith Voices of Peace and Justice. The six banners are part of a touring exhibit of 24 […]

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Gillian Bostock: Capturing the spirit of a family home

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Photographer Gillian Bostock admits to a propensity for documenting well-lived spaces. Her first project was to photograph the Chelsea Hotel rooms where painter Alfred Russell had lived the last decades of his life. But her just completed project, which culminated in the publication of her first book, was much more personal, a thorough documentation of […]

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Jim Fadiman reads from his latest book on Sept. 30

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Menlo Park resident Jim Fadiman will read from his latest book, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology located at 1069 East Meadow Circle in Palo Alto. A reception begins at 5:30, the program at 6:30. Reads the Institute commentary: “Jim Fadiman, called ‘America’s wisest and most respected […]

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Menlo Park artist Joyce Savre Hutt is featured at Gallery 9 through October 22

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Menlo Park artist Joyce Savre Hutt has a current exhibit of her works, Translation: Language As Image, at Gallery 9 in Los Altos through October 22.  Handwritten words — ambiguous lines of poetry — fuse with paint to show a visualization of language. The artist says her love of words and the passion for the […]

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Menlo Park schools ask: “Are You In?” Joint PTO–MPAEF fundraising campaign ends today

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Students, teachers, parents, and school supporters of all kinds — including the Encinal Eagle — were a visible presence yesterday on campuses across Menlo Park. It was a sea of orange, from posters and t-shirts to wristbands and car decals. The occasion marked the conclusion of an ambitious month-long fundraising campaign that is the first […]

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Corner of Santa Cruz and Crane: From florist to gift shop with a touch of belly dancing

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Several of the commercial establishments in downtown Menlo Park have an unusually long and personal history — such is the saga of the corner of  Santa Cruz Avenue and Crane Street. Leigh and Lillian Aldrich first opened their flower shop on Santa Cruz Avenue in 1952 on the corner of Evelyn Street. That was a […]

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Find out where the tech revolution began on Oct. 1

If you are intrigued by the stories behind the people and companies that kick-started the tech revolution in Silicon Valley, you will  be interested in the program Silicon Valley Roots & Shoots: Exploring Where it all Began, a lecture and slide show scheduled for  Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11:oo am in the Menlo Park City […]

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Homegrown talent Taylor Eigsti performs on Oct. 2

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Menlo Park native son Taylor Eigsti is returning to the area this Sunday, Oct. 2, to perform at a Listen for Life benefit concert hosted by  by John and Lydia Vidovich at their private estate/vineyard in Los Altos Hills. A wine reception begins at 3:00 pm with the music starting at 4:00. Suggested donation is […]

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Scott Erickson: New Head of School at Phillips Brooks focused on building community

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One theme kept emerging when InMenlo sat down to talk with Scott Erickson, the new Head of School at Phillips Brooks: community. “My priority here is to build community among faculty, staff,  and parents and also being a wonderful neighbor,” he said. Scott, an ordained Episcopal priest, comes to the private pre-K through fifth grade school […]

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