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The public is invited to get into a swinging holiday mood, during a free performance by the Montclair Women’s Big Band to be presented by the Menlo Park Library on Thursday, December 18.

The Montclair Women’s Big Band was founded in 1998 by veteran trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Seeling, with producer Barbara Price. With a vivid cast of some of the best jazz women in the San Francisco Bay Area, the band combines an audacious sense of swing, tight ensemble work, and inspired solos. All About Jazz claims “the Montclair Women’s Big Band is one of the most formidable jazz ensembles on the West Coast….this is premium-grade big band jazz, rigorously blended for high mileage and maximum pleasure.”

The band’s high-profile performances have included gigs for the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the San Jose Jazz Festival, as well as performances for Hillary Clinton and NPR’s Piano Jazz.

The free performance is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library and will take place Thursday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library, located at 800 Alma Street at Ravenswood. For event details, visit www.menlopark.org/library, or e-mail John Weaver, Menlo Park Library Outreach Coordinator, at weaver@plsinfo.org.

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Senator Jerry Hill announces 7th annual bill idea contest

Got a great idea for a new state law, or maybe there’s one you think should be off the books? Entries are being accepted for state Senator Jerry Hill’s seventh annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents. “This is an excellent opportunity for constituents to share their ideas for state […]

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Teen gingerbread house design & contest on Sat., Dec. 13

Teens ages 11-18 are welcome to create and display their sugary creativity by building gingerbread houses at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, December 13th from noon to 2:00 pm. Pictures will be taken of each masterpiece and the creator of the most original house will be awarded a prize. Tools and candy will be provided, […]

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Menlo Park Holiday Showcase set for December 13

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The 2014 Holiday Showcase presents the City’s best programs and classes of the year! It takes place on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield Road). Cost is $5.00 per person; 12 and under free. The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department has a […]

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Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble performs at St. Bede’s on Dec. 14

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Few things evoke the magic of the winter holidays as the transcendent splendor of the human voice raised in song. Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. The group will present Wintersongs at St. Bede’s in Menlo Park on […]

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Children’s holiday party at Allied Arts Guild on Dec. 14

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The traditional Children’s Holiday Party featuring entertainment geared to children ages 4-9 will be held at the Allied Arts Guild Sunset Room on Sunday, December 14, 2014, from 12:30 to 3:00 pm. The line up includes: Juggler Ben Farber who will perform and instruct Puppet show by Magical Moonshine Theater Heather’s Magic Show Arrival of Santa […]

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Twas the Night Before Christmas presented first two weekends of December

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Presented by Dancers Repertory Theatre and Menlo Park Academy of Dance and reviewed as a “charming alternative to the Nutcracker”, Twas the Night Before Christmas will be performed at the Woodside Performing Arts Center on Saturday December 6 (4:00pm), Sunday December 7( 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm) Saturday, December 13, (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm), and Sunday, […]

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The Members hold Benefit Event at Freewheel Brewing on Saturday, Dec. 6

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Menlo Park Dad Band, The Members, are having a Benefit Show this Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 8:00 pm  at Freewheel Brewing Company, located in the Marsh Manor Shopping Center. The Members will be donating $20 per guest that night, with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club. Each person will receive an entrance ticket to keep […]

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Friends of Menlo Park Library hosts book sale on Dec. 7

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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a book sale on Sunday, December 7,  from noon to 4:00 pm. Great books for the entire family will be available so come early and stock up for the holidays! The sale will be located in the downstairs meeting room at the library. Art & collectible, […]

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Three Menalto Corners businesses raising funds for holiday dinner for local vets

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On Wednesday, December 17, three Menalto Corners businesses — Cafe Zoë, Habibi’s Salon, and Spa in the Park — will once again host a holiday dinner for the military veterans who are hospitalized at the local VA hospital. Last year’s event was “heartwarming, emotional, and, most importantly, appreciated by the veterans who received dinner, gift bags, and […]

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Holiday train stops in Menlo Park on Dec. 7

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A Bay Area tradition since 2001, the Caltrain Holiday Train presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation returns Menlo Park on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7:45 pm. Volunteers from the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program will be at the Menlo train station collecting new, unwrapped toys for local children. The Caltrain […]

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