Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Stop by Bill Quarre’s second grade classroom during lunch time on Thursdays and you’ll find two dozen or so  girls and boys with headsets on and iPads on their desks. No, they’re not playing video games. Instead, they are learning to program using an app called Kodable.

Oak Knoll School Co-Principal Kristen Gracia explains that the Coding Club began in January and is currently open to first and second graders. It’s one of a number of options the school offers during recess that expands beyond the usual playground options.

Girls at coding club

Both Bill and Kristen are particularly pleased with the number of girls who are choosing to participate. “I think it’s great for kids to get into coding,” says Bill, who has no prior coding experience himself. “I volunteered to lead the club because I thought it would be fun — and it is!”

Bill, who has taught at Oak Knoll for 14 years, is himself a product of Menlo Park schools. He attended Fremont, Hillview and Menlo-Atherton High School.

Boy showing coding progress

Photos by Irene Searles

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Stacey Campbell and Roo! shine at Westminster Kennel Club two years in a row

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The mixed breed dog R00!, owned by Menlo Park resident Stacey Campbell, has become known as one of America’s mutt superstars. She made history in 2014 when she won the first “Best All-American Dog” award trophy at the Westminster Kennel Club show — and did it again this year. Roo! was entered into the Masters Agility Championship, taking a first in her […]

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M-A grads Greg Kalin and Rich Branning take ClosetClicks to its next phase

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You’ve got to give M-A grads and friends-since-Hillview-School-days Greg Kalin (left in photo) and Rich Branning credit for looking the part. If you’re going to start a women’s fashion website — ClosetClicks — it’s best to look sharp. “We do try to present ourselves in a certain way,” acknowledged Greg. The duo, along with Rich’s younger brother, […]

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Spotted: Jackie from Harvest enjoying special, hand-delivered salad

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles was shopping for furniture today at Harvest in downtown Menlo Park, when she noticed one of the sales people, Jackie, eating a caesar salad from Vida. Given the two establishments proximity, that’s not surprising, but how she got the salad was. Evidently, every day, Vida owner Ali Esafy hands out four free […]

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Some got rain, some got hail, some got nothing – all depends on where you live in Menlo Park

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There were more than the usual number of variations in today’s rain storm that passed through Menlo Park earlier this afternoon. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ, who lives in Central Menlo emailed: “A shower passed through, today, our first rain since February 8, depositing .1″ in my gauge. My season-todate total, in my backyard, is […]

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Bye Bye Birdie is Menlo-Atherton High School’s winter production and this Conrad Birdie has some fun twists

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People of a certain age know all about the inspiration for Conrad Birdie, the hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar who gets drafted into the Army in the musical Bye Bye Birdie, which debuted on Broadway in 1960 and won a Tony Award for best musical in 1961. It was, of course, Elvis Presley, which leads us […]

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City Councilman Ray Mueller to hold office hours at Cafe Zoe on March 2

Emails Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller: “On Monday night, March 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, I will be holding office hours at Cafe Zoe [1929 Menalto Ave.], specifically to hear from the public, and provide information, regarding the Caltrain crossing at the Ravenswood intersection. “I’d like to thank Kathleen Daly in advance for providing […]

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Laurie Goldman explains how PictureItPostage™ works for your special event

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Any one who has planned a big event that involves a custom-printed invitation has come to that moment of needing to slap a postage stamp on the envelope that may — or may not — complement the carefully designed contents. Yes, there’s always the USPS “love” stamp for wedding invitations, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something […]

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Pars Equality Center hosting 5th annual Nowruz Gala on March 14

Menlo Park-based Pars Equality Center’s (PEC) is holding its 5th annual Nowruz Gala  in honor of the Persian New Year (formally observed on March 20, 2015).  The Gala marks the 5th year anniversary of the non-profit organization that provides social and legal support for members of the Iranian-American community, including American-born, refugees and immigrants. Founder […]

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First bloom at Filoli captured by photographer on a garden stroll

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InMenlo co-founder — and serious amateur photographer — Scott Loftesness writes in his personal blog: “I’m fortunate to live about 15 minutes away from Filoli — with its country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate in Woodside, California. Each year, about this time, Filoli opens for the season — and […]

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Jeff Marks talks about how PlaySteps helps kids participate successfully in the activities of everyday life

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Jeff Marks, the owner of PlaySteps for Developing Kids in Menlo Park, admits that, on first hearing, occupational therapy for kids may sound a bit confusing, given that OT is most often associated with work. “Yes, it may seem like an odd thing to send your child to vocational training,” he said. “But think in […]

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