2018

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Did you see a group of 4th and 5th graders wearing bright orange and green shirts riding around Menlo Park last Saturday morning? If so, you witnessed Menlo Park’s inaugural Bike Education Adventure.

Ten lucky elementary school children were given the opportunity to ride around town with Wheel Kids bike instructors to learn real-life-on-the-road bike safety skills. Parents signed up their kids via the MPAEF Spring Auction; the event was donated by Parents for Safe Routes with support from Wheel Kids, Menlo Velo and Cafe Zoë.

The three-hour scavenger hunt took the kids from Hillview Middle School, to Burgess Park via Santa Cruz Avenue and the Oak Grove Bike Lane. The kids then traveled onto Cafe Zoë for a pit stop with treats and lemonade before heading back to City Hall where parents joined for a debrief and safety Q & A.

Along the way, the kids collected awesome bike swag such as water bottles, bike bells and lights and reflective gear. Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki and his son rode with the group for part of the way. Parents for Safe Routes hopes that this event serves as a pilot for what bike education in Menlo Park can be.

Hillview Middle School students will be experiencing their own bike education event this coming Wednesday and Thursday (April 25th and 26th). All Hillview 6th graders will be led on a course through the streets surrounding Hillview and will be taught similar on-the-road safety skills. Volunteers are still needed; you can sign up online.

Some safety skills being taught include:

Be prepared. Make sure your bike is in proper working order. Bring water.

Be visible. Wear bright clothes and use reflective gear. Always use lights at night, and start a habit of using them during the day.

Be predictable. Do not weave in and out of parked cars or make sudden movements that others won’t expect. Stay in bike lanes (when available).

Be aware. Obstacles such as cars, pedestrians, other bikes, trash cans, animals, sticks, etc., can appear at any time. Always be looking around and be alert to the conditions on the road.

Be a rule follower. Treat riding a bike like riding a car. Ride in the direction with traffic (like a car). Stop at all stop signs (like a car). Do what you know is right, regardless of the behaviors you see others exhibiting on the road.

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M-A senior fashion show scheduled for April 28

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The senior/parent fashion show is a 30-year plus Menlo-Atherton tradition and the PTA’s largest fundraiser, providing funding for many of the important student and school services. The show helps the seniors bond and celebrates their last year at M-A while bringing the community together to celebrate the spirit that is M-A. The fashion show is […]

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Outdoor family movie night at Hillview on April 27 features “Sing”

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Hillview Middle School will be hosting a family outdoor movie night on the field on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 pm. This event is open to all ages, a chance for parents and children to enjoy time together. The school requires that there is one adult present for every eight children who attend and that […]

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Spotted: Rock Bottom Clay Arts at Menlo Park’s sidewalk festival

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Rock Bottom Clay Arts was among the vendors showing wares at the Menlo Park Spring Art Stroll this past weekend. The two- or five-feet totem poles are man-made, hollow ceramic designs created to look like colorful, modern rocks. Photo by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Menlowe Ballet’s spring season includes new ballet in tribute to Florence Nightingale

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Menlowe Ballet’s 2018 spring season — Illume — is fitting, in particular, because one of the three ballets is based on the life of Florence Nightingale. A tribute to the visionary who revolutionized the nursing profession, The Lady with the Lamp is choreographed by Menlowe Artistic Director Michael Lowe and Associate Artistic Director Sarah-Jane Measor. “The world premiere of The […]

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Spotted: Chevron guys at Sacred Heart Prep golf tourney

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Menlo Chevron owner John Conway (left) and General Manager of the service station, John Polenta, were among the participants at the 20th annual Sacred Heart Prep Golf Tournament held last Monday (4/16) at the Stanford University Golf Course. Menlo Park resident and event organizer Bob Budelli has been instrumental in the growth and success of this […]

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Power outage in Atherton and west Menlo Park following early morning car accident

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Power was shut down in parts of Atherton and west Menlo Park early Sunday morning so that two men could be freed after their car slammed into a tree on Camino Al Lago. The vehicle had sheared off a power pole, and live electrical wires were resting on top of it, sparking and arcing from […]

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Learn about coral reefs at USGS public lecture on April 26

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USGS research geologist Curt Storiazzi will talk about the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal protection at a free public lecture at USGS in Menlo Park on April 26. The lecture will take place in the Rambo Auditorium/Building 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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City of Menlo Park wants residents’ input about parks and recreation

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The City of Menlo Park is in the process of updating the its Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. Over the course of the next year, the City will be gathering input from the local community about what you have, what you would like to keep, what you might like to improve. and what future […]

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Menlo Park celebrates Earth Day in numerous ways and places, thanks to Menlo Spark

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Menlo Spark is doing some fun events this week in Menlo Park for earth day. Last Tuesday, we helped students at Oak Knoll Elementary School make pledges for one thing they’ll do for Earth Day this year, posting those pledges, making a paper tree (below left).  Oak Knoll faculty and parent volunteers have done an […]

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Spotted: Aladdin Jr. being performed by La Entrada School students

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For the school’s spring musical, La Entrada is performing Aladdin Jr. There’s a performance tonight (Friday, April 20) at 7:00 pm at Hillview Middle School (corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and Elder) in Menlo Park. Fun for the entire family. Tickets are available at the door or online. Photo by Laura Hamilton (c) 2028

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