October 2018

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Emails Ladera resident and InMenlo contributing photographer Laura Hamilton:

“The Watten family of Ladera has always made Halloween a big production.

“This year Drake Watten (Dad) convinced his kids to have a ‘Fortnite Dance Battle.’ Fortnite is a popular video game that incorporates character dancing.

“[Their house on W. Florestra has been outfitted] with a stage, lights and music to dance to. If you want to get a treat, you’ll have to dance!

“Drakes’s three kids, Brady, Hudson and Hope, are all really excited and estimate about 500 kids will come by and dance battle it out! Sure to be a big Ladera hit, as usual for Halloween!

Photo by Laura Hamilton (c) 2018

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Oak Knoll School students take to the street in Halloween finery

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As has been the custom the last few years, students attending Oak Knoll School took their annual Halloween parade out to the neighboring street of Oak Knoll Lane. And, wow, what costumes! We could have used dozens and dozens of shots but showcase just a few to give InMenlo readers a flavor of the fun.

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Wow – that’s a front yard full of jack o’ lanterns

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Here’s another Menlo Park front yard that’s best seen in person as is Greg Hyde’s monster yard on Laurel.  This one is filled with jack o’ lanterns, location Oakfield, corner of White Oak. Homeowner Diane explained that the tradition started 30 or years ago with carving done on Halloween itself. “But that conflicted with trick or […]

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Dia de los Muertos Festival on Nov. 2 in Menlo Park

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Dress like Frida and come join us for a festive evening to celebrate Día de los Muertos on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Menlo Park Senior Center (110 Terminal Ave) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm This event will have activities for those of all ages and is fun for the whole family! Join us for music, crafts, food […]

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It’s olive harvest time at Sacred Heart Schools

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Last week pumpkins got pushed to the side, so to speak, when students at Sacred Heart’s lower and upper schools harvested olives from the 50-tree, 100-year-old grove along Elena Avenue in Atherton. In the early part of last century, the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ), who ran the school, tended to the trees and […]

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Silly Goose and Val at Menlo Park library on Nov. 1

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The Menlo Park Library will host a performance by Silly Goose and Val, a fast-paced, funny musical show featuring puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing, and “100% audience participation!” The event is free, thanks to the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, and will take place at 7:00 pm at the Main Library, located at 800 Alma […]

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Spotted: Scary giant pumpkin goblin in Menlo Park

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We were treated to a host of fun Halloween decorated front yards during a good long walk around Menlo Park this morning. But this huge pumpkin goblin on the front door of a Creek Dr. home captured the award for the scariest.

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Sign up for Mammal Menagerie coming to Belle Haven Branch Library on Nov. 4

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Sign up for a fun learning experience for grades K-6 with Sulphur Creek Nature Center! What do coyotes, whales, bats, and people have in common? Learn all about this amazing group of animals and how they have adapted to live in every environment. Discover their tremendous diversity, communication strategies, brain development, and sensory adaptations. Expect […]

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Ron Snow plans University Park Halloween event – for the last time, he says

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The University Park neighborhood of Menlo Park held its annual Halloween event yesterday (Oct 28). As always, it was organized by Ron Snow (pictured right). “This has been a long standing tradition in the neighborhood and is a fun and casual social event appreciated by everyone — part of what makes our neighborhood so engaged […]

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Heidi Kasevich, PhD, Founder, Quiet Schools Network is next M-A Parent Ed speaker

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Heidi Kasevich, PhD, Founder, Quiet Schools Network will talk about QUIET: Unlocking the Power of Introverts at the next M-A Parent Education  Series on Nov. 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the M-A PAC. Free tickets available online. In 2012, Susan Cain wrote a landmark book called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that […]

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Costumes of every kind on display at Menlo Park’s Halloween annual parade

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Halloween Hoopla took place in downtown Menlo Park yesterday, with kids (and grown ups!) in costumes parading on Santa Cruz Avenue from Maloney to Fremont Park, led by bands from La Entrada and Hillview Middle schools. Along the way they could trick or treat with downtown merchants, including a person channeling Frida Kahlo with a […]

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