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Educators from Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward will introduce some of their resident reptiles and amphibians at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library on Dec. 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. You’ll learn about their natural history and ecology, as well as life cycles, predators and prey, habitats, locomotion, and defense mechanisms.

This program is great for kids in grades K-6, but space is limited. Please register in advance by visiting, phoning, or emailing the library ([email protected]). Due to high demand, preregistered spaces not claimed before 1:00 p.m. will be given to standby visitors.

This free event is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

About Sulphur Creek Nature Center
Sulphur Creek Nature Center is a wildlife rehabilitation and education facility situated in a serene 10-acre canyon near downtown Hayward. Each year, the center focuses on preserving the wildlife of today by caring for over 900 injured and orphaned wild animals while working to preserve the wildlife of tomorrow through over 1000 educational programs.

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USGS public lecture on Nov. 29 looks at endangered songbird

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The free lecture takes place in Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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Wondering where all the wild turkeys come from? Here’s the answer, thanks to POST

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If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would have been our national bird instead of the bald eagle. That’s always surprising to me given the barnyard turkey is a fairly ridiculous looking, inelegant creature – at least in my opinion. That said, Franklin’s reasoning makes sense when you consider the wild turkey. Their successful […]

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Local schools have different responses to serious air quality issues

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UPDATE: Late Thursday evening MPCSD Superintendent Eric Burmeister issued a statement saying schools would be closed on Friday. He posted a comment on this post; you can read his statement by clicking on “comments.” On Friday morning, the San Mateo County Office of Education reports that in addition to Menlo Park City Schools, Las Lomitas […]

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Opinion: What Atherton needs to do to avoid a fire disaster

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When Atherton approved, many years ago, the subdivision of the Flood Estate into the individual properties that now constitute Lindenwood a serious error was made. That subdivision approval did not include any emergency egress or access on either the North side or the East side of Lindenwood.  In the intervening years the fuel load, the […]

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“Post-Fire Debris-Flow Early Warning” is USGS public lecture on Oct. 25

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Dennis M. Staley and Jason W. Kean, USGS Landslide Hazards Program, and Mark Jackson, National Weather Service – Los Angeles will talk about: Post-re debris flows can initiate after only a few minutes of intense rain, and during the first storm following wildfire. Early warning systems must provide sufficient time to make informed decisions and […]

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A week of Global Climate Action Summit events – and how Menlo Park can make climate goals a reality here

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Last week thousands of people who care about climate progress converged at events around the Bay Area for the Global Climate Action Summit. We at Menlo Spark were fortunate to have Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and internationally recognized leader on human rights, come to Kepler’s Books on September 13 to talk about how […]

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Menlo Spark releases results of mobility survey

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Mobility and transportation issues have become top priorities in Menlo Park. This summer, Menlo Spark interviewed residents of Menlo Park with an emphasis on the Belle Haven neighborhood, as well as residents of East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks, with a mobility survey in English and Spanish. The survey, taken by 95 community members […]

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Battery and cell phone recycling starts Sept. 3

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Starting Monday, September 3, 2018, Menlo Park residents in single-family homes can place household batteries and cell phones in a clear zip lock bag and place it on top of their black garbage cart for pickup on your regular collection day. Due to fire risks, residents are asked to tape lithium-ion batteries and wrap cell […]

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Upcoming USGS evening lecture looks at what’s happening with the Kilauea Volcano

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“What on Earth is going on at Kilauea Volcano?” is the title of a talk by USGS Research Geophysicist Kyle Anderson on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:00 pm. It will take place in USGS’s Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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Menlo Park startup, Dropwater, introduces new way to distribute and sell bottled drinks

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Four Cal Poly San Luis Obispo grads are currently ensconced in a Menlo Park garage working on a solution to up-end the plastic bottled water industry. Scott Edwards, CEO (pictured top in the garage) of the startup Dropwater, cites some sobering statistics about the need to replace plastic water bottles with sustainable, eco-friendly alternative: “In […]

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