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The brand new, two-story Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) building, or S-wing, officially opened on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30).

The M-A Choir led by Patrick Maier got things going with a rousing rendition of Steam sung to the melody of Dream by Johnny Mercer. A sample: “STEAM, watch your dreams come true, STEAM, it’s the thing you do. Just watch the wisdom rise in the air; you’ll find the genius in there.”

The buildings will host some geeky science classes — two physics and two environmental science — as well as house a maker space and what is now called culinary arts (home economics to old timers).

It’s an area that was once populated by dumpsters and known as  “trash bin alley.” Now it’s an avenue to a future whether with mind, hands or machine.

With STEAM’s opening, much of the construction at M-A, fueled by the passage of  Bond Measure A in 2014, is complete. The Bond Measure authorized the Sequoia Union High School District to increase its debt by $265 million. M-A was the recipient of $54 million of that. The two-story STEAM building came in at $12 million.

The “A” in STEAM comes from its position, which faces M-wing, home of choir, art and painting. Also debuting Tuesday were the maroon-painted tennis courts and new restrooms/kitchen.

“We are fortunate — and spoiled — to have such an amazing cluster of buildings,” said principal Simone Rick-Kennel. “After three years of construction, M-A is coming together quite nicely.”

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Artist Mitchell Johnson is First Friday speaker on Nov. 2

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Artist Mitchell Johnson, who is a Menlo Park resident, will be speaking at the Woodside Town Hall on Friday, Nov. 2 as part of the First Friday series. He will be talking about how new approaches and changing attitudes in the late 19th century produced Modernism and inspired the works of Cezanne and Matisse. Light […]

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Menlo Park Sidewalk Fall Art Stroll takes place Sept. 28-30

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The 22nd annual Menlo Park Sidewalk Fall Art Stroll takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 28-29 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, September 30, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Taking place along Santa Cruz Avenue, the Sidewalk Fall Art Stroll is free to the public and features an array of original […]

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Current exhibit at Cafe Zoë features artwork by ARTogether workshop participants

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Through at least the first week of October, Cafe Zoë is hosting a special exhibition displaying works of art from ARTogether workshop participants and photos from the workshops themselves. We stopped by yesterday afternoon to visit with Menlo Park residents Alexandra Pettet (second from left) and her husband, Hossein Namazi (right), who serve on the […]

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Woodside Plein Air Painters exhibit work from Sept. 7-9

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In the fourth year of collaboration between between the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and the Woodside Arts and Culture Committee,  the Woodside Plein Air Painters are exhibiting paintings created at the Djerassi Open House held last August, along with other plein air works, this weekend. The exhibit kicks off with a First Friday event on […]

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Horses come to downtown Menlo Park – and the Menlo Circus Club – for the Menlo Charity Horse Show

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The Menlo Charity Horse Show begins tomorrow at the Menlo Circus Club.  But that’s not the only place horses have shown up. They’re in downtown Menlo Park, too. Well, not the live kind, but rather those springing from the hands of artists. Jill Layman, owner of A.Space Gallery has assembled an exhibit titled A Noble […]

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Elaine McCreight is a poet turned painter

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Artist Elaine McCreight describes her creative process as a combination of feeling and fidgeting. “The composition of my work has a lot to do with feelings,” she said during a visit to her home studio in Menlo Park. “I sit and stare at what I’m working on. And I’m always working on more than one […]

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Enrichment programs for grade schoolers continue at Menlo Park Library

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Throughout the summer, the Menlo Park Library is offering weekly enrichment programs for grade schoolers (grades K-5). In addition to fascinating science and cultural presenters, the library has developed a series of hands-on craft workshops that alternate with the presentations. All of the workshops are Tuesday from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Main Library. Children can […]

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Filoli hosts first Art Faire July 27-29

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Filoli is hosting its first ever Art Faire July 27-29 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Among those participating is  Lee Middleman, who has been profiled on InMenlo. Lee is among 30 artists working in various mediums: glass, ceramics, photography, and painting. Sip a glass of wine while meeting new artists and other art lovers. The Filoli […]

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Anime Drawing Fundamentals for Adults is set for July 21 at Belle Haven branch of Menlo Park Library

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Former Simpsons TV artist Carlos Nieto III promises adults “everything you ever wanted to know about anime but were afraid to ask!” All drawing equipment will be provided. The event takes place on July 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library (413 Ivy). Carlos, of Colombian roots, […]

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Absurd painting an answer to Elon Musk’s absurd tweet?

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Kate Powers, who owns the Art Ventures gallery in downtown Menlo emailed: “We are posting this on Instagram regarding Musk’s tweet [during the Thailand cave rescue] together with my favorite quote “art is the highest form of hope.” “This is a painting by one of my artists-in-residence Uta Reinhardt, oil on canvas; title is History […]

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