Archive of Irene Searles

Irene Searles is an East Coast transplant who first landed in San Francisco to work for Citigroup Private Bank. She took a break from financial services to attend the California Culinary Academy and spent a short time as the Pastry Chef at Ristorante Vivande in Pacific Heights. She returned to Citigroup to open the bank’s Silicon Valley office, moving to Menlo Park 15 years ago. Now a stay-at-home mother of two children, who attend Hillview and M-A, she is exploring a renewed interest in photography. Observes Irene: “Contributing to InMenlo is an amazing way to see and share all of the interesting people, activities and events around town.”

Irene has written 20 article(s) for InMenlo.


Willows Market is home to over 1,000 beers in Menlo Park, tended to by owner Nick Sharma

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The Willow’s Market, owned by Nick Sharma, has a lot going on for it — aside from being an upscale neighborhood market.  There are week night events ranging from gourmet food trucks on Monday and wine tastings on Wednesdays. But it’s the focus on beer that really distinguishes the market, located on the corner of Willow Rd. […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park birthday walk – even in a monsoon!

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Eight Menlo Park moms were spotted on the San Francisquito Creek bike bridge out for a morning birthday walk to celebrate Helen Wilmot (in the tiara, of course) — monsoon weather or not!  The outing was nicely followed by a delicious brunch made by husband, Greg and daughter, Tierna.

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Spotted: Paper chain Menlo Moms walking the Dish

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This photo was taken by Menlo Park resident Sheri Baer around 6:30 pm one evening this week as we ran/walked the Dish. Spotting the shadows of ourselves, we loved our long legs and fabulous friendship.  Chris Hansen was the third friend. Photo by Sheri Baer

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Photographer Irene Searles aims her lens at carnival workers as they move on to next stop

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Last Saturday I enjoyed walking around the Nativity School Carnival photographing the rides, games and happy faces of the kids. At each area, I was struck by the kindness of the carnival workers and thought I would return on Sunday to talk with them about their jobs and a life so different than we know […]

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Interested in hosting an exchange student? Here’s how

The San Francisco Bay AFS Team is looking to place thirteen additional foreign exchange students around the Bay Area. Would you be interested in adding a new member to your family for the year? Please take a moment to look at the pool of incredible students and also feel free to tell your friends and […]

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Spotted: Girl Scouts with wagon full of cookies

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Sarah came selling Girl Scout cookies in a nice red wagon. She was helped by her neighbors Isa, a Daisy Scout, and her brother Nico. Cookie sales are being handled without pre-orders this year — just smiling Scouts with a wagon of cookies ready to eat!

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M-A’s Academy Program works to help students shine

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The Academy Program at Menlo-Atherton High School has developed a successful mentor program involving 70 adults in our local community, which was recently quite visible at the program’s student/mentor breakfast. The Academy is a small 150 student program committed to developing the academic, personal and critical thinking skills of select 10th through 12th grade students. […]

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Spotted: Moms and daughters helping to save the Bay

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A whole flock of Mid-Peninsula National Charity League mother-daughter teams were spotted volunteering with Save the Bay as part of the organization’s Solstice planting events.  The crew planted items that had been grown in the Save the Bay nursery, helping to restore the bay lands and repopulate the native habitat. Photo by Irene Searles

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Local girls focus on dance and movement in NCL cultural event at The Daily Method

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The Mid-Peninsula chapter of the National Charity League held a cultural event at The Daily Method in Menlo Park that focused on dance and movement. Twelve-year-old Jane Rakow, a participant in the NCL’s class of 2017, captured the event with her camera. NCL is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters dedicated to serving […]

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