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Post image for Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup screens at Menlo Park Library on June 18

The Menlo Park Library’s Marx Brothers Film Festival kicks off with a free showing of 1933’s Duck Soup, number 5 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 funniest movies in American cinema. The free screening takes place on Saturday, June 18, at 12:30 pm.

In this film, the mythical country of Freedonia is broke and on the verge of revolution. Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), Freedonia’s principal benefactress, will lend the country 20 million dollars if the president withdraws and places the government in the hands of the “fearless, progressive” Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx). At his inauguration, Firefly shows up late, insults everyone in sight, and sings a song about how he intends to abuse his power. Naturally, the crowd cheers wildly.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) of neighboring Sylvania schemes to oust Firefly and take over Freedonia himself. To gather enough evidence to discredit Firefly, he sends his most trusted spies, Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx). Five minutes after they show up in Freedonia, both spies become important members of Firefly’s cabinet, though Chicolini keeps his day job as a peanut vendor.

Firefly eventually declares war on Sylvania, an absurd farrago with Firefly changing uniforms from scene to scene, Chicolini going to the other side because the food is better, and Pinky parading around the battlefield with a sandwich board reading “Join the army and see the navy.”

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SLAC’s historic linac turns 50 and gets a makeover

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Since the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park powered up its “linac” half a century ago, the 2-mile-long particle accelerator has driven a large number of successful research programs in particle physics, accelerator development and X-ray science. Now, the historic particle highway is getting a makeover that will pave the way […]

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More on Marsh Road closure and channel repair from Atherton City Manager George Rodericks

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Editor’s note: The Town of Atherton City Manager George Rodericks posted the following on the town’s website: Reminder: Marsh Road is closed from May 31 through August 15. Adjacent streets are closed to through traffic. These include the Atherton streets of Holbrook, Palmer, and San Benito, and County streets of Fair Oaks, Bay and 15th. Please […]

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Two Menlo Park soccer teams find success at the Davis World Cup Tournament

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The Menlo Park Whiplash Girls under 14 and Menlo Park Gladiators Boys under 10 soccer teams both won in their respective divisions at the Davis World Cup Tournament held Memorial Day weekend in Davis, California. Menlo Park Red Devils Girls under 10 and Menlo Devils Boys under 12 placed third in their respective divisions. “Our […]

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City of Menlo Park reacts to Marsh Road closure with additional measures

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The City of Menlo Park  is working to manage the additional traffic on detour routes from the Town of Atherton’s Marsh Road retaining wall repair project, with staff on-call to respond to issues as they arise. Additionally, signal timing was modified on the detour streets (Middlefield Road, Marsh Road, Willow Road and Ravenswood Avenue) in anticipation […]

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Kirk Waller brings his story telling talents to Menlo Park on June 4

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On June 4, the Menlo Park Library will present an appearance by storyteller Kirk Waller, performing a program for adults which he calls Love, Loss, and Lasting Memories, telling tales both real and imagined, aimed at making the audience laugh, cry, and reflect on their own tender stories. The free event will take place at 1:00 […]

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ArtFest takes place at Allied Arts Guild on June 4

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ArtFest, a free public festival hosted by Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary and benefiting Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford,  takes place on Saturday, June 4th, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. ArtFest’s goal is to reach out to the community and support local artists. Donations […]

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Get ready for this year’s Tour de Menlo by participating in four training rides

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Tour de Menlo, the annual Mid-Peninsula bicycle ride that will be held August 20 this year, is adding a series of training rides that will give participants an opportunity to get in shape and ride with Tour de France veteran Fast Freddie Rodriquez and other notable elite riders. The free training rides, which all start […]

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Local author D’Anne Burwell wins Eric Hoffer Awards for memoir on her son’s drug addiction

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Local author, D’Anne Burwell,  received three Eric Hoffer Awards for her memoir, Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home. D’Anne’s book was published last August and since her first appearance at Menlo-Atherton High School last fall, she has continued to speak frequently throughout the Bay Area telling her story — breaking the silence — about her […]

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Menlo College president Richard Moran is Rotary Club speaker June 1

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The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is hosting Rotary Connects on Wednesday June 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Allied Arts Guild.  The community is invited to attend and connect with other local business leaders, community leaders and Rotary members. The guest speaker for the evening is Dr. Richard Moran, President of Menlo College, author, CEO, and […]

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Marsh Road closure begins on Tuesday, May 31

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The Town of Atherton will close Marsh Road on May 31 between Middlefield Road and Fair Oaks Avenue for construction to replace the Atherton Channel walls and floor. Scheduled reopening is August 11, 2016. A detour plan with roadway signage plan can be downloaded here. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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