November 2017

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The West Bay Model Railroad Association annual open house takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1:00 to 8:00 pm.

HO-scale trains will run on both levels of our new layout, replete with lots of scenery, bridges, tunnels and a helix. Children of all ages are welcome and admission is free (donations accepted).

Note that the Caltrain Holiday Train will stop at the Menlo Park Station at 7:05 pm Sunday, and a visit to the club before or after makes for a great train- and holiday-themed evening. The model railroad is housed in the former Southern Pacific baggage building at the south end of the station parking lot, near Ravenswood Avenue.

InMenlo file photo (c) 2015

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Holiday with Friends at Folger Stable on Dec. 2

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The Friends of Huddart & Wunderlich Parks are hosting a free holiday event for families at the Folger Stable at Wunderlich on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Activities include a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, petting zoo, pony rides, leather stamp ornaments, live music and cookie decorating. Parking at Wunderlich is […]

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Volunteers needed on Sunday to build Sierpinski holiday tree using balloons

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Last year we covered the Sierpinski “forest” in Paula Hamilton’s front yard on Lucky Avenue in Menlo Park. Paula emailed us about her plans for this year: “We’re getting ready for our 3rd annual holiday Sierpinski design challenge on Sunday, December 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Details and sign-up form are on her website. “Our […]

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Three mayors’ bike ride set for December 2

Join Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, East Palo Alto Mayor Larry Moody and Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff on a family friendly bike ride. The route is a flat, fun, five mile loop to celebrate the unity and diversity of our communities. Start the morning off at the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto […]

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Come downtown for a winter wine walk on Dec. 2

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On Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm you’ll enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Santa Cruz Avenue. The fourth Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk is presented by the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) and the Santa […]

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Menlo Fire and US Coast Guard demonstrate cooperation in exercise on air and water rescue

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the United States Coast Guard regularly work together on water and mud rescues and recoveries in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay. The Fire District has operated a unique and specialized Air Boat needed for shallow water or mud conditions as part of their mission for […]

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Friends of Library book sale will take place Dec. 2

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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lots of great books for gifts or a rainy day! Several categories will be featured – art and collectibles, biography and history, children and young readers, cooking, fiction and many more. […]

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Once a physicist, Lee Middleman is now a ceramicist

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Is there something about physics that leads to art? We were curious about that as ceramicist Lee Middleman is the second physicist we’ve met who has had a passion for both. (The first was Hideo Mabuchi, profiled in 2015.) After getting a PhD in physics from Stanford, Lee worked in a number of successful Silicon Valley […]

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100-year-old oak topples, narrowly missing Menlo Park Fire District Station 3

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A giant oak with a base trunk circumference of 138 inches and estimated to be over 100 years old gently laid over at an angle almost intentionally avoiding contact with the Fire District’s Station 3 located in the Town of Atherton Monday night. Last June, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District purchased the 39,640 square foot residential […]

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Seven dancers in this year’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” involved since inaugural year

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Seven dancers in this year’s production of Menlowe Ballet’s It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker have been involved since the inaugural year in 2015. The Menlo Park Academy of Dance students, all who attend local high schools, will be alongside professional dancers in the Waltz of the Flowers and the Snow scenes. “Training at this level demands 20 […]

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Special City Council meeting on at-large and by-district elections set for Nov. 29

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The City Council will hold a Public Hearing to review and consider options regarding at-large and by-district elections on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). These hearings are very important to our community as they will determine how we elect City Council going forward. Here is some background […]

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