October 2015

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Imagine dozens of adults (and a smattering of kids) as the witching hour creeps to 9:00 pm on Halloween . Might there have been a little adult beverages consumed? As usual, the place to be in west Menlo Park is the corner of Oak Dell and Lemon where dad band, The Members, play the oldies everyone loves. Lots of talking and a bit of dancing. And everyone goes home having had a real good time. A special shout out to local brewery, Freewheel, which once again was on hand providing their cask ale.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

Freewheel Brewing at Members concert

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Kids and their parents dress up for the Menlo Park Halloween parade

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Kids weren’t the only ones showing off their costumes this afternoon at the Halloween parade in downtown Menlo Park. Many of their parents dressed up, too. One woman had elaborately painted her face in Day of the Dead fashion. And we’re wondering if Dad is the flypaper catching his insect infant daughter? Other favorite faces of […]

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Neighborhood turns out for University Park pumpkin carving contest

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The University Park area of unincorporated Menlo Park has a particularly active neighborhood group that plans Friday gatherings during the summer and an annual Halloween pumpkin carving and parade. Resident Cindy Tipton captured some of the fun.

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Halloween is frightful on the streets of Menlo Park

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We start are Halloween coverage with some frightful characters we’ve spotted in various Menlo Park neighborhoods. The scary witch was spotted by Robin Tobias somewhere along the creek. The gory Frankenstein hanging from a tree can be seen on the always decked out Sherman Avenue (especially the section between Dakin and Avy Avenues). The vulture visiting […]

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I scream for ice cream (even though it’s Halloween)

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Here’s the scoop, we’ve been making Ice Cream Jack O’Lanterns for years. So easy, so cute and such a treat since it is still 80 degrees in California! It’s amazing how a little black tubed icing transform a scoop of pumpkin ice cream (top). Or even a few chocolate chips will do the trick (or treat). Happy […]

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Spotted: Different kind of Halloween warning

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We have noticed that the remodel at this Oak Dell Drive home has been going on for quite some time. And there is always children’s play equipment in the front yard. Those two things added up to a different kind of Halloween warning posted at the beginning of the homeowner’s walkway. Photo by Linda Hubbard […]

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Portion of Marsh Road in Atherton to be closed on Oct. 31

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The Eastbound lane on Marsh Road from Middlefield Road to Fair Oaks will be closed on Saturday, October 31, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for repairs to the Atherton Channel wall. Please plan on using alternate routes. These routes may include Ringwood Ave. east to NB Bay Road back to Marsh or 5th Ave. […]

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Spotted: Big and little pumpkins at Bianchini’s in Ladera

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The 556-pound pumpkin that Bianchini’s entered into a pumpkin contest (but didn’t win!) is on display outside the store’s Ladera Country Shopper location. Someone had whimsically placed a mini pumpkin on top of it! Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

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Local teen dancers create statement piece about school gun violence

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A group of teen dancers from Menlo Park dance studio, Captivating Dance by Nona, got together with their teachers/choreographers to create a statement piece about gun violence in America, particularly at schools. There have been 45 school shootings in 2015 (as of October 1), and they wanted to express both sadness and hope. Nona Ybarra and Kate Lynn Roberts, […]

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Rosener House hosts open house on October 31

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Peninsula Volunteers/Rosener House Adult Day Center (500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park) will host an Open House on Saturday, October 31, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.  There will be a special presentation at 10:30 am about promoting health and happiness through Rosener House activities. Rosener House offers an enriched activity program […]

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Halloween Hoopla in downtown Menlo Park planned for Oct. 31

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Kids (and their parents) are invited to parade down Santa Cruz Avenue wearing Halloween costumes on Saturday and then enjoy live entertainment, crafts, and carnival games at Fremont Park. Led by a band comprised of music students from La Entrada and Hillview Middle Schools, the parade will start in the Maloney Street parking lot off Santa Cruz […]

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