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This free workshop will demonstrate water-conscious care, maintenance, pruning and irrigation techniques to promote the health of your trees during dry periods. It takes place on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:00 am to noon at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center (700 Alma St.) in Menlo Park.

Learn answers to all of your tree-related questions from a professional certified arborist, Christian Bonner, who is the City Arborist for the City of Menlo Park. He has been a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, as well as a Chair of the Bay Area Urban Forest Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry & Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

This class is cosponsored by the City of Menlo Park and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). Registration is required as space is limited.

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Exploring the Living Shoreline planting event at Cooley Landing with artist Linda Gass

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was at Cooley Landing last weekend photographing the Living Shoreline planting event organized by artist Linda Gass (pictured right) and Grassroots Ecology. Volunteers were there to replace blue plastic survey whiskers with the California Native plant Juncus. A second planting will take place this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9:30 am to […]

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Newest venture for Rich Gordon is heading the California Forestry Association

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Former California Assemblyman Rich Gordon is the first to admit that he was a somewhat unlikely pick to be named President and CEO of the California Forestry Association (Calforests) given, as he says “my strong environmental record and the fact that I knew little about forestry.” He, in fact, considered retirement when he dropped his candidacy […]

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Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith hosts tree planting meeting on Oct. 19

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Community members are invited to a meeting hosted by Mayor Kirsten Keith to discuss planting trees in the Belle Haven neighborhood, co-sponsored by Canopy and Facebook, on Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Menlo Park Senior Center (110 Terminal Ave.) Speakers include Catherine Martineau, Executive Director of Canopy and Lauren Swezey, Sustainability […]

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Filoli makes changes in visitor access, staffing and volunteer training as it looks to the future

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This year, under new leadership, Filoli has expanded hours of operation and the community response was very positive. “We have experienced nearly a 30% increase in attendance just by opening our doors more widely,” said Kara Newport, Chief Executive Officer at Filoli, who was brought on board just a year ago. Filoli is now exploring […]

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Live next to or near San Francisquito Creek? Come learn about some upcoming projects

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The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) is seeking input from the general public and interested stakeholders regarding its project to provide flood protection, ecosystem restoration and recreational benefits for the section of San Francisquito Creek upstream of Highway 101. The SFCJPA has incorporated into its analysis of project alternatives the community feedback received […]

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Steve Westly focuses on clean technology while continuing to eye another run for elective office

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If you want to know what Atherton resident Steve Westly thinks about various issues of the day, his thoughts are easy to find online — both through his Menlo Park-based venture capital firm, which focuses on clean technology, and elsewhere. You can even hear him in person this coming Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 pm […]

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Facebook switches to 100% renewable energy through Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option

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Facebook switched all electric accounts at its Menlo Park headquarters to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option, making Facebook the largest participant in Peninsula Clean Energy’s 100% renewable energy option. “Facebook is committed to being a good neighbor and that includes reducing its potential impact on the environment,” said Lauren Swezey, Facebook Sustainability and Community Outreach […]

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First hand report on Mexico City earthquake by Dr. Janise Rodgers of Menlo Park-based GeoHazards International

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Editor’s note: We interviewed Brian Tucker of Menlo Park-based GeoHazards International a couple of years ago about the risk of earthquakes in populated areas of developing countries. Yesterday he reported the experience of the organization’s COO during Tuesday’s earthquake near Mexico City. Emails Brian: “As a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City, Dr. Janise Rodgers, […]

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Sacred Heart School camera captures photos of possible mountain lion that turns out to be a raccoon

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Update as of Sept. 21: The Atherton Police Department reached out to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife yesterday after receiving information of a possible mountain lion sighting on the Sacred Heart School camera. It has now been determined through the agency that the animal shown on the school campus camera was not a mountain […]

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Menlo Park residents participate in Coastal Cleanup Day along San Francisquito Creek

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Menlo Park resident John Donald was among those who gathered Saturday morning for the annual Coastal Cleanup, focusing on San Francisquito Creek which empties into the Bay. He estimated that there were around 100 people at his Menlo location, one of thousands around the state. And look at some of the junk they prevented from […]

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