January 2016

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The next M-A Parent Education Series event is an evening with Eran Magen , PhD (pictured), on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC). You can register here.

Trying to offer support when your adolescent seems upset or stressed can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield. In this highly interactive 90-minute workshop, you will learn how to offer emotional support comfortably and effectively when your teen is experiencing strong emotions such as stress, frustration, anxiety, or anger. You will learn how to respond in a way that helps your student feel better and think more clearly, while strengthening your relationship.

Eran Magen, PhD, is the founder and scientific director of the Center for Supportive Relationships, which provides relational skills training for school districts, higher education institutions, healthcare professionals, and private corporations. Dr. Magen received his MA in education and PhD in psychology from Stanford University.

Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available. M-A Parent Education Series events are free, sponsored by the M-A PTA, the Sequoia Healthcare District, and the Sequoia Union High School District. This event is open to parents, faculty/staff, and community members.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Founding Director, The Parent Education Series, at cmargot@csmconsulting.net or 650-868-0590. For Spanish, contact Lilly Quiñonez, Parent Center Coordinator, at 650-322-5311 Ext. 5255.

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Spotted: Broccoli pyramid at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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No mistaking that broccoli is in season. There was plenty to be found at this morning’s Menlo Park Farmers Market. The folks from Bounty of the Valley Farms in the Salinas Valley had put together a couple of eye-catching broccoli pyramids.

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Dana Shields’ paintings on display at Willow Art show

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Making art. Teaching art. Developing art curricula. These are all things Menlo Park resident Dana Shields is passionate about. “In my work, I strive to share my passion for joyous color, simple shapes, light and shadow, and bold compositions,” she said.  “As a teacher and a mother of a 5th grader, I have limited time […]

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Dry spell ends with overnight rain

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “After five days with no rain, .2″ fell during the night. My season-to-date total is now 11.95″.” The morning brought a mix of sunshine and clouds, with the temperature remaining mild. Photo taken at Bedwell Bayfront Park

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Walking the streets of downtown Menlo Park with camera in hand

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Photographer Jay Maisel tells us to “go out empty” when we walk out to make pictures. Last Saturday morning I did just that as I grabbed my camera on a morning of intermittent showers/rain and sunshine. I was helping my spouse run an errand where I’d have an hour or so of downtime. I thought this would […]

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Spotted: Colorfully-painted house, RIP

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There are houses that cheer as you walk or drive by and such was the case on San Mateo Drive where Becky and Tom McDonough lived in the house he’d grown up in. InMenlo contributors Jym Clendenin and Frances Freyberg captured the spirit of the house — and its colorful paint job — in a March, 2014 […]

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Potter Kate Dutton-Gillett is featured at Willow Art show this Sunday

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For Kate Dutton-Gillett, the lure of the potter’s wheel proved stronger than academia. “I got a masters in art history at Michigan State and thought I’d teach,” she says. “But the call to make art rather than talk about it pulled me into the studio. “My Dad is a painter and water colorist, and that, too, entered […]

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SHP seniors create Primary Panic to increase interest in Presidential election

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Two sisters, Jaclyn (left) and Kimberly (right) Tsiang, and fellow Sacred Heart Preparatory senior Maddie McAdams (middle) are launching a new and innovative website that seeks to counter dwindling interest of young Americans in politics. Called Primary Panic, the site is designed to excite interest in this year’s Presidential election. Taking the form of the […]

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New name – LifeMoves – but same mission for InnVision Shelter Network

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As of today, InnVision Shelter Network has a new name — LifeMoves. But the mission of the nonprofit organization stays the same, according to CEO Bruce Ives. The name change, Bruce says, is the culmination of a yearlong planning and development process funded by a private grant that began before his arrival last Spring. When the two […]

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Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels program at Little House in Menlo Park

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Every week, Peninsula Volunteers delivers over 1,300 hot, nutritious meals to primarily homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County who are unable to cook for themselves. We got an email from Meals on Wheels volunteer Peggy Lechich telling us that they are very short of volunteers at the moment. “Graciella and Bonnie […]

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USGS evening lecture examines how humans changed erosion in Hawaii

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Jonathon Stock, research geologist and Director of the USGS Innovation Center will be presenting a free evening public lecture on January 28 titled The Last Land: How humans changed erosion in Hawaii. Among topics covered: Hawaii is one of the last habitable places on Earth reached by humans. From first Hawaiian arrivals c. 1000-1200 A.D. to now, […]

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