2018

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What was happening on the rest of Santa Cruz Avenue on Saturday, July 14, we are not sure. Because the place to celebrate Bastille Day was at the almost next-door neighbor restaurants, Left Bank and Vida.

The star-spangled, winged woman on stilts paraded around both restaurants, going up the sidewalk and then walking down SCA itself. And both restaurants were packed (at least outside) early in the evening, e.g. well before 6:00 pm.

Left Bank just happens to be celebrating its 20th anniversary, along with its French roots. A special touch was making Pablo (pictured below), who has been at the restaurant since the beginning, today’s Grand Marshall. That’s a wise move, according to this reporter, because he always has a warm greeting for long-time customers.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Menlo Summer Fest returns to Santa Cruz Avenue on July 21-22

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Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” returns to downtown Menlo Park the weekend of July 21-22. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. Admission is free. There will be an end of day concert featuring Foreverland, a 14-piece tribute band to the music of Michael Jackson, on Saturday, July 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm […]

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Menlo Park startup, Dropwater, introduces new way to distribute and sell bottled drinks

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Four Cal Poly San Luis Obispo grads are currently ensconced in a Menlo Park garage working on a solution to up-end the plastic bottled water industry. Scott Edwards, CEO (pictured top in the garage) of the startup Dropwater, cites some sobering statistics about the need to replace plastic water bottles with sustainable, eco-friendly alternative: “In […]

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Music@Menlo’s 16th festival, “Creative Capitals,” runs July 13 to August 4

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Time and again, from fourteenth-century Florence to fin-de-siècle Paris and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, Western civilization’s greatest artistic triumphs have emerged from thriving metropolises. Fueled by the exchange of ideas, leading artists and innovators have gathered, turning these cities into cultural epicenters. Music@Menlo’s 2018 season, which begins today and runs through August 4, […]

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Sunday Suppers are attractive offering at Left Bank Menlo Park this summer

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Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series spotlighting special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. As part of Left Bank Menlo Park’s 20th anniversary celebration, the restaurant is serving Sunday Suppers now through the end of September. The suppers are particularly attractive when dining outdoors on warm summer evenings. […]

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Storytellers present “stew of stories” at Menlo Park Library on July 14

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Nationally-renowned storytellers Erica Lann-Clark and Olga Loya present a mind-opening, taboo-busting stew of stories people don’t tell for fear of ridicule on July 14 from 11:00 am to noon at the Menlo Park Library. Olga tells about working with a ‘curandero’ and having to look at things in a whole new way. Erica tells how […]

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Spotted: Campaign to bring restrooms to Fremont Park

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An opinion piece on InMenlo has spurred at least one local to lobby for restrooms at Fremont Park during the summer concert series. One former Hawaii state resident came up to the sign holder to say: “All of our parks have restrooms. Thought it strange that this is not the case here.” We ask, as […]

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Ceramic sculptor Jo Killen’s works will be on display at ACGA Clay & Glass Festival

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Early in her artistic career, Menlo Park resident Jo Killen was a sculptor. Today, she describes herself as “a sculptor who works in ceramics.” The figures she was working on when we visited attest to that intersection. You can see her figure work (pictured in background)  as well some vessels (below right) she’s done at […]

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New flashing crossing lights installed on Santa Cruz Avenue

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The existing in-pavement lighted crosswalk system at the midblock crosswalk on Santa Cruz Avenue between Sherman Avenue and Sharon Road was recently replaced with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB). This new crossing system is operational ahead of the 2018–19 school year opening of La Entrada Middle School. This midblock crosswalk on Santa Cruz Avenue between […]

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Ten local students travel to Menlo Park sister city, Bizen, in Japan

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Last Sunday morning, a group of 10 students and five adults embarked on a short but event-filled trip to Menlo Park’s Japanese friendship city, Bizen, located in Okayama Prefecture west of Osaka. The 10 students were chosen to participate following an essay contest organized by Menlo Park’s Sister City Committee this past spring. They attend […]

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Cheeky Monday Toys celebrates 18 years in business on July 15

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Cheeky Monkey Toys is celebrating its 18th anniversary and inviting locals to join in the fun on Sunday, July 15, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The celebration will include prizes, balloons, games, face painting, crafts, and more. Owned by husband-and-wife team Anna and Dexter Chow, Cheeky Monkey Toys started in a 900-square-foot store with […]

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