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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, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing in the Hispanic area of Silverlake /Echo Park, he was influenced by the mish-mash of Central American and South American cultures. He is a mostly self-taught artist, only having taken some basic classes of art in high school, and several night classes at various colleges.

He has worked as a layout artist on the Emmy-winning TV show “The Simpsons,” as well as “King of the Hill.” He has also served as a visual consultant for Disney and Universal, creating sketches and final art for set designs. He conducts his comic book making, anime and animation drawing workshops at libraries across the country, and is an Artist in Residence at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

This event is made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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Eth-Noc-Tec Ensemble performs at Menlo Park Library on July 24

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Come to the Menlo Park Library on Tuesday, July 24, at 2:00 pm for a special event for elementary schoolers, featuring magical myths with modern messages performed by Eth-Noc-Tec. Get immersed in the stories in “PanAsia FantAsia,” a unique performance of folktales from throughout the Asian continent. The Eth-Noh-Tec Ensemble blends theater, music, movement, and […]

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Music@Menlo’s 16th festival, “Creative Capitals,” runs July 13 to August 4

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Time and again, from fourteenth-century Florence to fin-de-siècle Paris and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, Western civilization’s greatest artistic triumphs have emerged from thriving metropolises. Fueled by the exchange of ideas, leading artists and innovators have gathered, turning these cities into cultural epicenters. Music@Menlo’s 2018 season, which begins today and runs through August 4, […]

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Storytellers present “stew of stories” at Menlo Park Library on July 14

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Nationally-renowned storytellers Erica Lann-Clark and Olga Loya present a mind-opening, taboo-busting stew of stories people don’t tell for fear of ridicule on July 14 from 11:00 am to noon at the Menlo Park Library. Olga tells about working with a ‘curandero’ and having to look at things in a whole new way. Erica tells how […]

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Cheeky Monday Toys celebrates 18 years in business on July 15

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Cheeky Monkey Toys is celebrating its 18th anniversary and inviting locals to join in the fun on Sunday, July 15, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The celebration will include prizes, balloons, games, face painting, crafts, and more. Owned by husband-and-wife team Anna and Dexter Chow, Cheeky Monkey Toys started in a 900-square-foot store with […]

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Poets Night Open Mic continues at Cafe Zoë on July 12

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Another community poetry evening at  Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park featuring San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg and Kalamu Chaché is scheduled for  Thursday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 pm. Poets of all ages and styles are invited to share original work, or favorite poems by other poets, or just come to listen and enjoy the cafe’s […]

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Learn about animals of the rain forest on July 10

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Come to the Menlo Park Library on July 10 from 2:00-2:45 pm as docents from Wildmind Science Learning (formerly known as Wildlife Associates) introduce us to some of the beautiful and fascinating animals that live throughout the world’s endangered tropical rain forests. Learn about the creatures’ habits, lives, and the roles they play in the great […]

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Catch vocalist Wendy Waller live at Dala’s Nest House Concert on July 7

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Wendy Waller, longtime Bay Area vocalist, performer, and instructor, will perform live at a one-night-only house concert in Menlo Park on July 7, singing blues and jazz with a roots vibe. The concert, which also features guitarist Scott Sorkin and bassist Richard Girard, will be hosted by Dala’s Nest House Concerts (DNHC). Attendance is limited, […]

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Cool Crafts for Kids K-5! Book bags on July 3

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Create a unique tote bag for your library books on July 3rd from 2:00 to 3:30  at the Menlo Park Library, which will provide the bags, fabric markers and plenty of great craft materials. Drop-in, while materials last. Last entry at 3:00 p.m. For rising grades K-5 only -thanks for your cooperation. Children under 10 […]

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4th of July celebration in Menlo Park includes parade and activities at Burgess Park

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The 4th of July Parade in Menlo Park  starts at 11:45 am at the Well Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street. Come dressed in red, white, and blue and decorate your bike or wagon to participate in this fun-filled people parade! Please note, this parade is pedestrian-only and motor vehicles are […]

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Learn how local streets got their names on July 2

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Join Bo Crane, author of the book The Streets of Menlo Park, as he shares information about the origins and namesakes of our local streets.  Discover the fascinating stories and biographies associated with the names — how the streets were named, and who lived on them. Bo’s talk takes place on July 2 at 7:00 […]

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