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The public is invited to a free informational seminar on drought-tolerant gardening techniques presented by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, September 6.

The seminar’s presenter is Alane O’Rielly Weber, a Sustainable San Mateo County Award Winner, a long-time Master Composter, and owner of Botanical Arts in San Mateo. Weber’s early educational focus on Biology, Botany and Horticulture was later supplemented with a focus on Permaculture, soil microbiology and botanical illustration, and has led her to a 40-year career in the professional landscape trades.

The program is co-sponsored by BAWSCA, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. The agency represents the interests of 24 cities and water districts, and two private utilities, that purchase water wholesale from the San Francisco regional water system. These entities provide water to 1.7 million people, businesses and community organizations in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. BAWSCA’s stated goals are to ensure a reliable water supply, high-quality water, and a fair price.

“Water Efficient Gardening 101” will cover the basics of plants, planting, care and ongoing maintenance for a garden landscape featuring water-wise or drought-tolerant plants. Both large-scale and small-scale projects will be addressed, including patio and container gardening. There will be a raffle at the event for several drought-tolerant plants, and free refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

The free gardening program  will take place Saturday, September 6 at 11:oo am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. Free wheelchair accessible van service is available for Menlo Park area seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for van reservations. 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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“Carts to Cars: A Celebration of Horsepower—Then and Now” is theme of fundraiser to be held at Folger Stable

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A unique fundraising event is being planned by The Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks at the historic Folger Stable in Woodside on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Focused on the history of horsepower and how it has been used locally, the event will benefit a range of improvement projects in both Huddart and Wunderlich parks as well […]

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Mosquito fogging in industrial areas of northeast Menlo Park scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 2nd

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The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected adult mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNV) collected on August 28, 2014, from the 94063 ZIP code area. In an effort to prevent human cases of WNV, the District will conduct a truck-mounted mosquito fogging treatment around the detection site. Weather permitting, the ground […]

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M-A announces its new Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

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Menlo-Atherton High School announced its newest inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday. They are: Greg Camarillo (class of 1999): four-year letterman in football who also played basketball; went on to the NFL Kelly Eaton (class of 2006): swimmer and water polo player, earning MVP owners Connie and Owen Hawkins (1989-93): founders of […]

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Menlo Park Municipal District Water activates conservation plan

Responding to the current drought, a new California State mandate requires water suppliers to activate their water conservation plans. In compliance with this law, the Menlo Park City Council activated the existing Menlo Park Municipal Water District Conservation plan. This plan will only affect Menlo Park Municipal Water District customers. Please refer to the interactive […]

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Menlo Park-based USGS issues update on the West Napa earthquake that struck yesterday

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Yesterday at 3:20 an local time, the northern San Francisco Bay Area was struck by the largest earthquake to impact the Bay Area since the 1989 M6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake. Yesterday’s earthquake appears to have ruptured on or just west of mapped traces of the West Napa Fault, the most seismically active of the faults mapped […]

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Exploring planets – A personal retrospective of the first 50 years is USGS lecture on Aug. 28

The free public lecture will be give by USGS Planetary Geologist Michael H. Carr on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 7:00 pm at USGS on Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park, Conference Room A, Bldg. 3. Hear stories about: Canyons, volcanoes and floods on Mars Shifting ice floes on Europa’s ocean Perpetual volcanism on Io Rivers of […]

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Cafe Zoë holds annual Willow Oaks School uniform drive – $20 donation buys a uniform

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Cafe Zoë is once again holding its Annual School Uniform Drive. Emails cafe owner Kathleen Daly: “Every year we accept donations to support our effort to stock a closet full of extra uniforms for the schoolchildren at Willow Oaks School on Willow Rd. Uniforms are now required at the school and many families are without the financial […]

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Anna Eshoo launches net neutrality rebranding contest via Reddit

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and open Internet advocate, today launched a contest to rebrand ‘net neutrality’ — the term used to describe the principle of all Internet traffic being created equal and that it should be treated as such. In May, the Federal Communications Commission […]

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Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller talks about Silicon Valley mayors visit to China

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In June 2014, eleven Silicon Valley mayors traveled to China to establish connections with Chinese government and business leaders. The trip’s mission was to facilitate future investment and international trade between China and the Silicon Valley region. Join Mayor Ray Mueller today (8/19) from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers (701 Laurel […]

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ESL conversation group meets every Wednesday at Menlo Park Library

Project Read-Menlo Park has started an ESL Conversation Club. It meets every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library. The purpose is to give English language leanrs an opportunity to practice their skills in English with other learners aided volunteer facilitators. For more information, contact Elibet Jimenez at 650-330-2525 […]

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