April 2016

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The Facebook Farmers Market opened its second season today with the kick off theme of Earth Day. The market will be held on Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm through December 3rd.

boy at strawberry stand_vert“Our first market of the season is focusing on earth and sustainability,” said Alex Alvarez Gahagan, Facebook Manager of Global Events, Amenities & Community Engagement, who was at the entrance handing out insulated Facebook shopping bags. “We’re planning on one theme every month, probably the last Saturday of the month.”

The Earth Day market featured both agricultural vendors selling flowers, meat and produce and non-agricultural vendors offering products such as bread, pastries, coffee, pasta, pies, smoked fish, jerky, wine and hand-crafted items. The San Mateo Master’s Gardener group was giving away free tomato plants.

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In addition, there were around 15 entities there for the Earth Day theme, including  city and country representatives and a variety of ecological-related organizations.

Bases on vendor availability, Alex said the market could eventually become a year-round endeavor.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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Rick Timmons is official artist of 2016 Menlo Charity Horse Show

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Rick Timmons of Dallas, Texas, will be the official artist of the 2016 Menlo Charity Horse Show. His artwork,  titled Cloud Jumper, is valued at $6,400 and will be auctioned off Friday night, August 12, at the Gala Dinner (sponsored by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry) which immediately follows the $10,000 Ryman Take Your Own Line Speed Jumping […]

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Community meetings planned to get input on Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing

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On Monday, May 2, 2016, members of the Menlo Park community will have an opportunity to give input on the study to separate Ravenswood Avenue from the Caltrain railroad tracks. The first of three planned meetings will be held at 6:30 p. in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center’s Oak Room. The project will evaluate the feasibility of […]

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Menlo Park Girl Scout Troop’s work on Bronze Award benefits two non-profits

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In pursuit of their Bronze Award for public service, Menlo Park Girl Scout Troop 61719 was busy last week. On April 20, six Scouts visited Muttville senior dog rescue in San Francisco to deliver a $1,000 donation and visit the senior dogs in its care. They raised the money by hosting a movie night in […]

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City Councilmen Ray Mueller hosts office hours with Warren Slocum on April 30

On Saturday, April 30th, from 10:30 am to noon, Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller will be co-hosting office hours with President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Warren Slocum, at Cafe Zoe, located at 1929 Menalto Ave, Menlo Park. All are invited to come and make new friends, ask questions, and talk […]

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Menlo Park start up Lumos Tech develops sleep mask to “cure” jet lag and other sleep disruptions

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Jet lag. The scourge of multiple time zone flying. Can it be tamed? That’s the promise of the Smart Sleep Mask being developed by Menlo Park startup LumosTech. The mask’s technology can shift circadian rhythm up to three hours in one night using millisecond pulses of light that activate the same neural systems as natural sunlight. The mask is based […]

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Four-hour shutdown planned for Menlo Park water system maintenance overnight May 1

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On Sunday, May 1, 2016, from 2:00-6:00 am, the Menlo Park Municipal Water District plans a shutdown of the Burgess Park pressure regulator valve. This after-hours work schedule will minimize the impacts of low water pressure to customers. The valve regulates the water pressure for the district’s lower zone, an area between Alma Street and […]

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Avi Haksar takes the helm as Managing Director at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park

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Avi Haksar became familiar with hotels early in life as his parents were from different parts of the world, India and Ireland. “Growing up in India, I did a lot traveling with my mom both to Ireland and the States and stayed in a lot of hotels,” he explained. “You get a sense of the sights, […]

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Facebook Farmers Market returns on Saturday, April 30

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Facebook’s Farmers’ Market returns to Menlo Park on Saturday, April 30, through December 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.The market, held in Facebook’s parking lot, serves as an opportunity for shoppers to have access to locally-grown, organic, fruits and vegetables. There will be more than 40 participating vendors. In addition to live music, cooking demos, and family […]

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Woodland School student selected to perform at Carnegie Hall

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Alexa Brown, a student at Woodland School in Portola Valley, has been selected for the 2016 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform as a First Soprano at Carnegie Hall in June 2016 with the Honors Junior Choir. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated […]

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SF Symphony benefit on May 1 features tenor Pasquale Esposito

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The San Francisco Symphony Mid-Peninsula League’s upcoming Symphony in Flowers event will feature a performance by Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito. Mr. Esposito performs a fusion of pop and opera. He has released seven albums and toured internationally, including a recent performance with the San Francisco Opera. He also has appeared in a PBS documentary in which […]

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