Archive of Roberta Roth

Roberta has written 26 article(s) for InMenlo.


Last year, Arna Shefrin’s mother-in-law died at the age of 94.Throughout her life a generous person, Clara gave a most significant gift when she was no longer alive. She had planned ahead. She had organized her documents, distributed gifts and assets, and arranged for her funeral to take place 1200 miles from where she was living.

Arna recognized that she could learn from Clara’s courage and foresight. “I needed to move forward on our own planning, organizing, and updating, as my husband had been suggesting to me for several years.” That led her straight to the Menlo Park Library. Her research directed her to the Nolo Press publication, Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To. Arna and her husband used this book to organize critical information about their assets, legal affairs, health care, and last wishes.

Arna will make a presentation entitled, “ Everyone Needs to Plan Ahead: Organizing Your Records for Yourself and Your Loves Ones” on Saturday, October 19th at 11 am in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park. The event is free and supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

Arna will present an overview of the book, the resources and templates that come with it, and a description of how she used it. She will have available an example of the complete Planner Binder with templates for the documents inserted.

There will be ample time for questions related to organizing the project and completing the template documents.
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, call Roberta Roth at 650-330-2512 or e-mail Roberta at rlroth@menlopark.org.

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Menlo Park Library program on August 3 features author/chef Andrea Nguyen

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Menlo Park Library presents Discover Your Inner Dumpling Chef, an interactive cooking demonstration, Q&A, and tasting party with author Andrea Nguyen, on Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 am at the library (800 Alma Street). Author, teacher & culinary professional, Andrea Nguyen is a contributing editor to Saveur magazine and is the author of three celebrated […]

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Photographer Guillermo Rivas is featured speaker at Menlo Park Library on July 13

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Author and photographer Guillermo Rivas presents his beautiful photos of Peru and discusses his unique perspective on photography in a program titled My Homeland in Colors or The Photography as a Passion on July 13 at 11:00 am at the Menlo Park Library.  Rivas’ book, Mi Patria A Colores, My Country of Colors, is a stunning bilingual […]

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Doris Williams performs Celtic and Renaissance music on April 6 in Menlo Park

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Bay Area performer and Stanford University graduate Doris Williams will perform Lute Songs and Solos of the Renaissance on Saturday, April 6, from 11:00 am to noon at the Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street. She will be accompanied by Claudia Gantivar on Renaissance recorders, she’ll perform a repertoire of Celtic and Renaissance music. Williams […]

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Author Claire Mack is featured speaker celebrating Women’s History Month on March 2

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Former San Mateo mayor Claire Mack, a long-time community advocate and broadcasting professional, will discuss her life and new book — Sister Samms and Sister Johnson, The Neighborhood on Saturday — on March 2 from 11:00 am to noon at the Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street. The book is the story of two women who […]

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Count Basie is topic of Menlo Park Library Black History Month program on Feb. 2

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KCSM Jazz 91.1 Operations Director Alisa Clancy makes a return visit to Menlo Park, part of the Menlo Park Library’s Black History Month Program. This year she’ll be talking about William “Count” Basie, the influential band leader of the swing era in jazz. Ms. Clancy will celebrate Count Basie’s contribution to the world of jazz […]

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Project Read Menlo Park seeks volunteer literacy tutors

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Registration is underway for Project Read-Menlo Park’s winter 2013 tutor training, designed to show volunteers how they can help local residents learn to read and write. The next tutor training sessions begins Tuesday, February 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street.  The session continues on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 […]

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Learn about apps for iPad and iPhone on Nov. 3 at Friends of the Menlo Park Library lecture

Menlo Park Library presents Books, Movies, and Apps Galore: Downloading Media to your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch on Saturday, November 3 at 11:00 am in the Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street. Kim Marie Smith, a South Bay resident who has worked in the public sector for 32 years, will focus on: How […]

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Learn about state ballot propositions on Oct. 6

Menlo Park Library presents Be Better Prepared to Vote: The State Ballot Propositions – Pros & Cons on Saturday, October 6, at 11:00 am in the Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street. The event is free and open to the public. In the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 6th, voters registered in California will […]

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Learn how older adults can reduce falls at Sept. 8 Friends of the Library program

Did you know that every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room in the United States as a result of a fall? Falls can threaten a person’s independence. The good news is that many falls are preventable. Ellen Corman, Supervisor of Injury Prevention at Stanford Hospital’s Trauma Service and Manager of […]

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Exploring California public gardens is topic on June 2

On Saturday, June 2 at 11:00 am, travel writer/photographer David Laws will discuss his Android and Apple application, California Gardens North, an easy-to-use mobile travel guide to exploring the finest publicly-accessible gardens in Northern California and present a slide show. This free event will take place at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street, […]

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