August 2017

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Vehicles abounded — many of them electric — at last night’s 11th annual downtown block party on Santa Cruz Avenue, sponsored by the City and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.

The theme was “Menlo on the Move,” and the emphasis was on “smart mobility.” A side street featured a line of electric cars available for test drives and additional electric cars were on display on Santa Cruz along with electric bikes and scooters.

Other activities included a bike rodeo hosted by the Menlo Park Police Department and a trackless train that snaked up and down the pedestrian-filled avenue.

A huge hit with the kids was the opportunity to don hard hats and reflecting vests and get up close to all sorts of tractors and such stationed on Chestnut Street. Some of the heavy equipment was available for painting while others could be taken for a stationary spin.

Last night was also a birthday celebration for the City of Menlo Park, which turned 90. Four of the five City Council members — Ray Mueller, Peter Ohtaki, Kirsten Keith and Catherine Carlton — led the celebration, and the Menlo Park Historical Association had a brochure filled with fun facts about Menlo, including:

  • Menlo Park first incorporated in 1874 for road improvements and then incorporation lapsed in 1876.
  • Santa Cruz Avenue was originally a two-lane residential street as nearly all businesses were on El Camino Real.
  • When Menlo Park was incorporated for the second time in 1927, its population was a few hundred persons less than the number of students who attend Menlo-Atherton High School today (about 2,500).
  • Bootlegging was a thriving business during the Prohibition years, 1920-1933. In 1928, bootleggers tried to recall Menlo Park’s first mayor for clamping down on their moonshine business.

And for those who remember the old Menlo Park of the 50s and 60s, yes our town has grown. The population was 13,587 in 1950 and slightly over 33,000 today.

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured some of the evening’s sights.

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Make an eclipse viewer today through Sunday at the Menlo Park Library

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“The sky event of the decade” is coming on August 21st! Be ready for the solar eclipse: Make your own simple solar projector. There are instructions and supplies in the puzzle table area across from the library’s adult reference desk. Drop on in and create your viewer today through Sunday, August 20. Then return to […]

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Active Living Expo at Little House Aug. 21-26

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Little House (800 Middle Avenue) is hosting an Active Living Expo from August 21st to 26th. During that week, classes are available free of charge. Come experience fitness classes, art classes, cultural classes and technology classes. There is also a luau planned for Thursday August 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The complete schedule is […]

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Photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow captures the sights at Strideaway Farms

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The InMenlo team recently visited horse trainer and riding instructor Nancy Hey at her facility Strideaway Farms in Menlo Park. Beyond capturing what Nancy was doing that day, InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow cast her camera lens at other scenes at the riding academy. We present a few of our favorites here.

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Four M-A juniors take part in the annual Gothia Cup in Sweden this summer

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Editor’s note: As we head to Fall (by the start of school, not the calendar yet!) we are featuring some of the summer adventures by local residents. If you had a unique experience this summer and want to tell your story, email tips[a]inmenlo.com. Four rising juniors from the Menlo-Atherton High School soccer team — Kalani […]

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Spotted: Garbage truck on fire near Draeger’s market

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Last Friday morning a garbage truck caught on fire in the parking lot next to Draeger’s market.  According to Captain Jim Montalvo of Menlo Engine 6, the fire, which is under investigation, was contained to the truck. Crews stayed on scene for over an hour to make sure it was fully extinguished. Photo courtesy of […]

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Jerod Haase talks to Menlo Park Kiwanis about what’s ahead for Stanford men’s basketball

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Stanford men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase wanted to play for Stanford while growing up in South Lake Tahoe, but attended the University of California before transferring to the University of Kansas, playing for coach Roy Williams. Jerod highlighted Stanford’s upcoming men’s basketball season for the audience at the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club’s luncheon earlier this […]

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Learn about Menlo Park’s Transportation Master Plan online and at upcoming events

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The City of Menlo Park is beginning to develop its first Transportation Master Plan. One of the first efforts is rolling out the Online Open House. Visit the Online Open House to learn more about the project and to provide input about how the City should prioritize transportation improvements. The Online Open House and survey […]

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Menlo Park’s 11th Annual Downtown Block Party set for August 16

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Menlo Park’s 11th Annual Downtown Block Party, sponsored by the City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Wednesday, August 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The event includes entertainment for the whole family including live music, kid’s activities, food and fun. This year’s  theme is “Menlo on […]

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Register now for Tour de Menlo scheduled for Saturday, August 19

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The Tour de Menlo offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities. Riders have their choice of 65-, 46- and 35-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday, August 19. After taking different routes initially, all riders eventually will head south on Stevens Canyon Road to the final rest stop at […]

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Sunflowers brighten up Robin Tobias’s Menlo Park yard

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was at it again, this time photographing sunflowers at the west side of Menlo in Robin Tobias’s yard. (Last month Robb photographed the sunflower forest in Art Scott and Cindy Sumida-Scott’s backyard in the FairOaks neighborhood of Menlo Park.) Robin sent us an email about this year’s garden:  “I planted […]

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