Archive of Chrisie Wendin

Peninsula-born Chrisie Wendin discovered Menlo Park some 20 years ago through a fortuitous house-sitting gig on Oak Grove. Once married, she settled down to raise her family in the Willows. Chrisie is an award-winning editor who’s been covering business and technology for the last two decades, having “been there” during the heady days of many now-defunct magazines. Currently working at a professional services firm on a custom business publication, Chrisie sees contributing to InMenlo as pure fun.

Chrisie has written 58 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Tonight kicked off the MPAEF’s annual holiday boutique, this year appropriately dubbed the Chic Boutique with its smart and stylish gifts for all ages and budgets. Twenty local vendors including many InMenlo favorites are featured at the boutique, which continues until 2:30 pm tomorrow and is free and open to the community. The fourth annual event is a fundraiser of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF), and a percentage of proceeds go to support Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview schools.

Appropriately, several of the businesses at the boutique are owned by district parents, including must-have jewelry from Janet Falkner Designers and m&m bling, which offer beautiful and contemporary holiday sparkle in a range of prices (bracelets pictured above).  Also don’t miss the Festive Table, which is offering its popular baking mixes as well as new items like make-your-own-lunch kits and birthday parties in a box. Or at Jac o’ Lyn Murphy you can stock up on personalized stationary, gift tags, and other holiday gifts.

Kasumisou

Cocoa Crayon is another bright spot, with chic and festive wares for both kids and adults. The bright selection of French Bull melamine platters and servers were clear favorites. You also won’t want to miss Kasumisou Gallery (co-owner Claire Warner pictured above), which features home décor from artists and traditional craftsmen, including a selection of frames and bowls. Or shop for yourself at Flutter and get help selecting the perfect pair of stylish frames for your reading or prescription glasses.

Finally, indulge your holiday sweet tooth with goodies from Angel Heart or specialty chocolatier Poco Dolce. For a complete list of vendors, see the list here.

The MPAEF Chic Boutique runs from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on Friday, November 22 at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Photos by Linda Hubbard

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MPAEF Chic Boutique at Allied Arts on Nov. 21 and 22 benefits local schools

The community is invited to attend the fourth annual MPAEF Chic Boutique, a local tradition at Allied Arts, which raises funds for the schools in the Menlo Park City School District. The Boutique will feature a wide array of local vendors, offering gifts and treasures that span Holiday Sparkle, Delicious Delicacies, Home, Decor & More, […]

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MPAEF grants record $3.6 million to Menlo Park City School District

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This week’s MPCSD School Board meeting had a full agenda, but one of the highlights was surely the presentation of a giant check—both in size and dollar amount—from smiling students. The kids delivered the check to the School Board and Superintendent Maurice Ghysels on behalf of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). The grant has […]

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Laurel students create outdoor art with polka dots, paint, and inspiration from local artist Dana Shields

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Second-grade students in Ms. Cressey’s and Ms. Warren’s classes had plenty to smile about last week when they put the finishing touches on a large-scale outdoor project, which was the brainchild of class parent and artist Dana Shields. The spectacular project transformed a grove of on-campus trees into a vibrant, polka dot–covered work of art […]

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Schools earn $50,000 from MPAEF’s Participation Challenge grant with 83% of families contributing

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After a month of tireless activity by parents, teachers, principals, and students, the good news came this morning: Menlo Park’s schools would receive a $50,000 challenge grant from an anonymous, local donor. The Participation Challenge sought to increase the number of families in the Menlo Park City School District that supported its four schools through […]

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Get a head start on shopping at the MPAEF Holiday Boutique at Allied Arts in Menlo Park

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Two dozen local vendors, including Menlo Park’s Wrap It Up, which sells holiday aprons and other handcrafted wares, are taking part in the MPAEF Holiday Boutique, which continues until 2:30 pm today at Allied Arts and is free and open to the community. (Pictured above is Wrap It Up owner Kim Salkind and daughter Hannah […]

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It’s the animals turn to get blessed at Trinity Church

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Dozens of dogs, stuffed animals, and a few birds went to church this morning, as part of Trinity Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals. Children and their families say the outdoor service is one of the highlights of the year, and today’s beautiful, sunny morning made it all that much better. Earlier in the week, […]

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Are You In? day at local schools celebrates community support for public education

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Forget the blue and green. Yesterday, everyone’s school color at Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview was orange—and more orange!  The occasion? The Menlo Park City School District’s (MPCSD) annual Are You In? Day. Students, like those at Oak Knoll (above), reminded everyone how vital it is for parents and the broader community to support […]

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New banner asks community: “Are You In” for Menlo Park’s public schools?

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Driving down Santa Cruz Ave. near El Camino, it’s hard not to miss the eye-catching, orange banner that went up today. It’s all part of the joint fundraising campaign by the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) from Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview schools and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). The effort — known as […]

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Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation grants a record $3.35 million to school district

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It may have been the first day of summer for students in the Menlo Park City School District, but that didn’t keep an enthusiastic group of them away from the school board meeting last night. The kids — representing the District’s four schools of Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview — helped present the District […]

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MPAEF Foundation 500 Challenge matches new or increased donations through Feb. 15

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Talk about a challenge: Raising $4 million for Menlo Park’s schools in a single year. That’s what the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) aims to do — with the help of parents, local business, and the broader community. As part of the ambitious effort, the organization has rolled out a new matching grant that it […]

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