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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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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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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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“Islamophobia and its Impact” is topic at Menlo Park Library on April 24

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What is Islamophobia, how is it spread — and what can be done to reverse its negative impacts? Islamic Networks Group (ING) Founder and Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will talk about xenophobia as it has been experienced by many different groups throughout American and European history, and will discuss the current state of Islamophobia and […]

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Lurline Matson Roth Coonan passes away at age 97

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Lurline Matson Roth Coonan, who grew up at Filoli, passed peacefully with her family at the age of 97 on August 13, leaving a deep and enduring legacy to the estate. Lurline first came to Filoli in 1937 as a 17-year-old when her parents, Lurline Matson Roth and William P. Roth, purchased the estate. She often […]

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Come join Cheeky Monkey Toys, and celebrate at two upcoming events

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Cheeky Monkey Toys in Menlo Park (640 Santa Cruz Avenue) invites you to two upcoming events: our Earth Day Celebration, and our May Day Celebration. On Sunday, April 22, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, join us outside the store for Earth Day, and paint Kindness Rocks to share with your friends and family. Be […]

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Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll takes place April 20-22, 2018

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The Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll, celebrating its 36th year, welcomes visitors to browse among the handcrafted works of more than 90 artists whose displays include fine jewelry, photography from many different perspectives, decorative and functional ceramics, abstract and representational paintings, gorgeous turned woodwork and much more. Unlike an online shopping experience, patrons have […]

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