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Post image for Michael Killen’s paintings on display at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park – talk on climate change also scheduled

Menlo Park artist Michael Killen characterizes his work as chronicling the “developments and thoughts of our time that include climate change, human rights, impact of climate change on California’s water, resilience of America, and sustainability.” A sampling of his paintings are currently on display at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park.

Emailed the artist: “One of the paintings on display is especially news worthy. It is Don Quixote Joins California in the Battle of Sea Level Rise at the Coast and Inland (10’ x 6’ – pictured top).  At Stanford’s VIP Energy Summit 2014 last month, I was honored for making this painting that taps into Don Quixote story to help tell the California sea level rise story as well as for another painting — Don Quixote Meets Climate Change (15 x 6 feet – below) — to give climate change a face and to bring attention to the need for a national tax on carbon.”

Don Quixote Meets Climate Change

On Sunday, July 20, Killen, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and scientist Chris Field, PhD,  (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] and Carnegie Institution, Stanford) will take part in a panel discussion titled “Art, Politics and Science Meet Climate Change.” It will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Limited seating; RSVP to assure a seat: Climate@HarringtonDesign.com.

Killen will share what motivated him to paint Don Quixote Meets Climate Change (15 x 6 feet). James L. March, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Stanford, who brought the humanities to the teaching of leadership at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, in a clip from his film Passion and Discipline: Don Quixote’s Lessons for Leadership, will further help attendees appreciate why Killen joined the immortal and knight errant to climate change at this time

Eshoo will discuss how members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, are reacting to the President’s stepped-up efforts to minimize the impact of climate change. She will also share what major organizations in the Bay Area have said they want from Congress to help them adapt to climate change.

Dr. Chris Field will distill the salient findings of IPPC’s most recent study that have gained worldwide attention, and share them in a way that is helpful to the public, community and other leaders.

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West Menlo Park home is on the Edible Landscaping tour on July 19

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One of the reasons Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti and husband Ram bought their west Menlo Park home eight years ago was to have a bigger piece of land in order to start a suburban fruit and vegetable garden. “The fruit trees were the defining thing,” Kristen said. “And being sustainable was a huge value to us. “We planted 20 […]

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Small and reusable, Urban Market Bags come to market again

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While being first to market is typically an advantage in Silicon Valley, Kerri Stenson (pictured left) of Woodside learned firsthand the pitfalls of being too early. Back in 2007, motivated by an entrepreneurial drive with an environmental bent, Kerri and a friend came up with the idea of packaging multiple reusable bags in a sack. […]

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Possible mountain lion sighting in west Atherton this morning

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The Atherton Police Department issued a statement that resident in the area of Walsh Road/Belbrook Way spotted a potential mountain lion sighting in the area this morning (May 27). As a reminder, if you see what you believe to be a mountain lion, don’t approach the animal, go indoors and contact the police department.

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New planting boxes bring extra burst of Spring to downtown Menlo Park

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In early 2013, the Menlo Park City Council decided to invest in an upgrade of the street plantings and furniture on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue (SCA). The project was completed in early 2014. The following is a reconstruction of an interview on April 24th with the project leader, Ruben Niño, Assistant Director of Public Works. […]

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Poppies salute Earth Day here on the Peninsula

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Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg captured these poppies on a training run along Skyline last weekend. We think this native plant, which adds a cheery note to many local gardens, is the perfect vehicle for commemorating  Earth Day on its 45th anniversary. According the the Cal Gov website, Earth Day was conceived in 1969 by Sen. […]

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Yellow fever mosquito larvae found again at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park – the 13th this year

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The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at 13 locations in 2014, all in Menlo Park in the area near Holy Cross Cemetery  The first detection was on January 22 and most recently larvae were found on April 10. The Aedes aegypti species is not native to California. However […]

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Canopy and the community celebrate the planting of 1,000 new trees with ceremony at Willow Oaks School

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As part of its Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! initiative, Canopy engaged a corps of volunteers to plant its 1,000 tree last Saturday at Willow Oaks School in Menlo Park. Launched in 2011, the Canopy initiative partnered with local school districts to plant 1,000 drought tolerant shade and fruit trees on school campuses while supplementing classroom environmental […]

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Resident and business chosen to receive 2014 Environmental Quality Award

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Residents and businesses are invited to honor the 2014 Environmental Quality Awards winners at the April 29th City Council meeting at 7:00 pm. The awards are given to recognize outstanding efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations that improve environmental quality in Menlo Park. They’re coordinated annually by the City’s Environmental Quality Commission. The 2014 Environmental […]

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Spotted: Preschoolers celebrating Arbor Day by planting a tree with Menlo Park Mayor

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The City of Menlo Park celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony this morning at the Belle Haven Child Development Center in east Menlo Park. Preschoolers assisted Mayor Ray Mueller in planting a tree in front of the center. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day […]

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Free water-efficient landscaping class to be held on March 8 in Menlo Park

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Menlo Park residents can attend a free water- efficient landscaping class titled “Lawn Replacement 101” on Saturday, March 8th from 9:00 am to noon to learn how to replace their lawn with a water-efficient and low- maintenance landscape using California native and drought tolerant plants. They’ll also learn about the Lawn Be Gone program that […]

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