August 2018

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The annual Downtown Menlo Park block party last night brought summer to a close, if not by actual calendar, at least by the start of school year.

Menlo-Atherton High School started last Wednesday. Menlo Park City schools start on August 23, and Las Lomitas schools start on August 30.

Stretching from University Avenue to El Camino on both sides of Santa Cruz Avenue, there was the usual mix of local non-profits and businesses passing out materials, games for kids, a petting zoo, and a very popular giant slide.

The Menlo Police Department was giving locals a sober view of drunken driving with a chance to maneuver a vehicle through cones while wearing “drunk” googles. Those who tried reported that it wasn’t easy!

On hand to take photos for InMenlo was M-A rising junior Lena Kalotihos who spotted M-A parent Doug Marks in a band playing the drums, with Jen Gengill singing, Dan Zalles on guitar and occasional vocals, and Richard Hubner on the keyboard.

“They’re called The Outer Half and they write their own original songs that are available on Spotify. They also perform a lot of older rock classics,” reported Lena.

Photos by Lena Kalotihos (c) 2018

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Alpine Strikers host family night on Aug. 24

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Alpine Strikers FC welcomes families back to school and sports at our Family Night on Friday, August 24, 5:00-8:00 pm at Burgess Park. This event is open to the public and raises money for our soccer club scholarship program. Alpine Strikers offers scholarships for our club teams and is committed to never turning away a player […]

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Ashley Mozart Fey launches Teen Rising Project to give teens a chance to talk in a supportive environment

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Ashley Mozart Fey is listening to teens in a cozy upstairs room at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. She calls her endeavor Teen Rising Project. “I worked in commercial real estate for many years at the company my father started. But at the back of my mind, I always thought, ‘If I could […]

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Spotted: Firefighters at work extinguishing vehicle fire

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Menlo Park Firefighters extinguished a fully involved vehicle fire on the eastbound Willow Road overpass crossing Highway 101 on Wednesday afternoon with both Engine 1 and 2 responding. The cause of the fire is unknown; the reported female occupant was observed walking away from the scene and was not located by firefighters. At one point, […]

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Lee’s Bees return to Cafe Zoë this Saturday with more honey products

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Heather and Jason, the two Willows neighborhood kids behind Lee’s Bees, make their second annual appearance at Cafe Zoë on August 18 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. They’re offering an expanded product list, all created — or inspired — from the honey made by bees in their grandmother’s backyard. Sandy Lee started the hives […]

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Crosspulse Rhythm Duo comes to Menlo Park Library on Aug. 21

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The Crosspulse Rhythm Duo makes music out of anything and everything!  Keith Terry and Evie Ladin use delightful humor and skill as they demonstrate the rhythm all around us. They’ll be at the Menlo Park Library on August 21 at 2:00 pm Enjoy • A lively, interactive performance • Traditional & contemporary music & dance […]

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Charley Scandlyn is pastor of New Community Church in Menlo Park

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There’ll be a familiar face leading the congregation when New Community Church on Middle Avenue in Menlo Park officially opens on August 19. Charley Scandlyn, who’s served at Menlo Church and led the Ravenswood Education Foundation, is the pastor at the church that was determined to stay a church. “It was the faithfulness of those […]

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Menlo Park firefighters continue to battle Carr Fire near Rainbow Lake

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Menlo Park Firefighters Ken Babcock, Dan Giraudo, Scott Basset and Scott Johnson have all been on the front lines of the Carr Fire working near Rainbow Lake since last Thursday, as part of the Southern San Mateo County Type 1 “Heavy” Strike Team, consisting of five fire engines, a command vehicle and 22 personnel. The […]

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2018 Menlo Charity Horse Show is a wrap after six days of competition

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After six days of competition, the 49th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show wrapped up yesterday. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most, who himself competed in the show in the amateur adult hunter jumper class some years ago, sauntered over to capture some of the action — and activity — over the weekend. On Sunday, the competition […]

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Spotted: Bench held up by shadows in Sharon Heights

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles was on a walk in the Sharon Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park when she came upon this bench with shadows holding it up!

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Saturday’s Facebook Festival had an island vibe theme

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Saturday’s Facebook Festival theme was “Celebrate Summer with Island Vibes & Reggae Beats!” Attendees enjoyed a free kids’ zone; roots and island culture; summer drinks and street food tasting for charity (100% of sales to local nonprofit); farmers’ market; art, music and cultural performances; Ferris Wheel; and live music from Rafa, Audiodub & China Cats. Proceeds […]

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