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Applications are now available from the Menlo Park Community Services Department  for the Menlo Park Grant for the Arts (MPGA) for the 2018-19 year.

Ten organizations will be awarded $500-$3,000 toward subsidizing the rental cost of the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (PAC) for performances from July 2018 to June 2019. The Performing Arts Center seats 492 and contains professional-quality sound and lighting, an orchestra pit accommodating up to 80 musicians, and a full lobby and box office.

The grant was created to increase the accessibility of the PAC by members of the community and to encourage the growth of local artistic groups by providing a high-quality venue at a subsidized cost.

Grants are awarded to a variety of organizations, specifically those that help strengthen the local community and provide material appropriate for all ages, races and religions. Past recipients have included: Menlowe Ballet, Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, and Kepler’s Literary Foundation.

MPGA online applications will be accepted through March 1, 2018.

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Lady Bird Ding Dongs, our tribute to Sacramento

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The Golden Globe nominated film, Lady Bird, is lovely, quirky and sentimental. It is about a young girl’s love/hate relationship with her hometown of Sacramento. As it turns out, the city is not just a backdrop, but one of the stars of the movie. If you are from California, you know our state capitol often gets a […]

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Scott Bell & Friends Live Music at Cafe Zoë on Jan. 13

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Scott Bell, a Menlo Park local, teacher, farrier, and singer with the Bell Brothers, is joining Andre Pacheco, David Adler, Carolyn Fredericks, Scott Thompson, Pete Sommer from the West Coast Songwriters Association, and Vic Martin to roll out their very best acoustic jam night on Jan. 13. The range of music spans from folksy acoustic […]

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Holiday sounds – Scottish style – are coming to Menlo Park this weekend

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Want to liven up your holiday season? The Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums is presenting a free Scottish Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 16, at 3:00 pm at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. The concert includes Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish fiddlers, and carols. There will be guest appearances by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers and the […]

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Menlo Park’s Holiday Showcase set for Dec. 13

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The Holiday Showcase celebrates the talented community and dynamic array of classes and programs offered through the City of Menlo Park.  It takes place on December 13, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and free for children under 12. Discover programs available including dance, […]

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Kitka concert at St. Bede’s on Dec. 10 coincides with release of holiday album

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Women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka, will bring its annual Wintersongs tour to St Bede’s Church in Menlo Park on Dec. 10, playing new holiday music from the recently-released CD titled Evening Star along with unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. In celebration of their new CD, Kitka dedicates this year’s […]

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Listen to traditional Hawaiian music from Hiram Kaailua Bell on Dec. 9

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Multi-talented musician Hiram Kaailau Bell promises a performance of traditional Hawaiian music, as well as other styles of music that are innovative and not what you might expect to hear from an ukulele, on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11:00 to noon at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). He will even take […]

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“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” continues its run on Dec. 9 and 10

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas continues its run at the Woodside High School Theater on Dec. 9 (3:00 pm) and Dec. 10 (1:00 and 4:00 pm). Presented by The Dancers Repertory Theatre and performed by over 85 dancers, the dance/theater show follows the famous Clement C. Moore poem. Tickets are available online.

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Naomi Shanson makes her writing and directing debut with “Studio K”

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For Menlo Park resident Naomi Shanson, it’s all about theater. The sophomore at Kehillah Jewish High School acts, designs lighting, writes and directs. The latter two will be on display this Monday and Tuesday at Kehillah Black Box Theater with the presentation of Studio K.  RSVP to this free performance online. “It’s about a group of […]

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Caltrain Holiday Train comes to Menlo Park on December 3

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A Bay Area tradition since 2001, the Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will arrive at the Menlo Park Caltrain stop on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7:05 pm. Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling show-train will visit nine Caltrain stations between San Francisco and Santa Clara over two nights in December, […]

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Seven dancers in this year’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” involved since inaugural year

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Seven dancers in this year’s production of Menlowe Ballet’s It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker have been involved since the inaugural year in 2015. The Menlo Park Academy of Dance students, all who attend local high schools, will be alongside professional dancers in the Waltz of the Flowers and the Snow scenes. “Training at this level demands 20 […]

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