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Skeletons and goblins reigned supreme today at the popular Farmers Market held at Facebook on Saturdays. The final market for the year had a Halloween theme — natch — and kids could select a free pumpkins as well as get their faces painted and grab a balloon twist.

hispanic-kids-in-mirror_d-1Scattered through out the market were various spooky posing places along with fun-house style mirrors that shrunk bodies. And some vendors were providing holiday themed good, like  Day of the Dead items (bottom photo).

Facebook Corporate Communications Manager Jamil Walker let us know that over the 25 weekly markets, there were 50,000 attendees, over 100 community organizations showcased, $45,000 raised for non-profits, and 37 farms supported.

The local non-profits receiving funds included, among others, EPA Made, Fit Kids, Job Train, Menlo Park 4-H, Menlo Spark, Menlo Park Wrestling, Peninsula Volunteers and the Riekes Center.

Look for the market to resume next Spring.

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Top photo by Linda Hubbard; right and bottom photos by Dennis Nugent

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook partner on rehabilitating three homes in Menlo Park

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In honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook partnered yesterday to rehabilitate three homes in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Approximately 80 Facebook employees worked alongside Rebuilding Together Peninsula staff and other community members, including Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller (pictured below right), to create safe and […]

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Local Meals on Wheels program receives Facebook Community Grant

Peninsula Volunteers is continuing its collaborative efforts with Facebook to assist seniors in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, in this case those who are unable to cook or shop for themselves and wish to remain in their own homes. Thanks to a $2,500 community grant from Facebook, PVI Meals on Wheels will deliver hot, nutritious meals to […]

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Menlo Park resident visits Facebook as part of her 101st birthday celebration

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Longtime Menlo Park resident Willie Mae Jones (left in photo) visited Facebook on August 30 — in honor of her 101st birthday, which was on August 24. Willie Mae received a tour of the campus led by her great granddaughter, Keyanna Adger (middle in photo), who works with the News Feed team. After receiving a “Happy Birthday” […]

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Facebook hosts old-fashioned county fair along with its weekly farmers market

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There was a last gasp of summer fun this afternoon at Facebook. The company hosted a county fair along with its weekly farmers market. There were amusement rides, games, and live animals to pet and ride. It was fun with a purpose. The fair benefited a number of local non-profits including Ecumenical Hunger and Project […]

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18 high school juniors graduate from Facebook Academy Program

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A ceremony of a special kind took place at Facebook earlier today when 18 high school students graduated from the company’s Academy Program, a six-week internship for rising high school juniors from low-income or underprivileged backgrounds. The students came from Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood, East Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Francisco. “We’re celebrating our fifth […]

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Menlo Green Challenge launches at Facebook to further goal of carbon neutrality in Menlo Park

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M-A student Giselle Martinez managed to surprise a roomful of environmentally-conscious people last week at Facebook when she performed a beautiful song about greenhouse gas emissions that she had written. As one Menlo Spark board member said after her performance, it is not common to hear a song that includes the words “emissions” and “dot-org.” But perhaps […]

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Facebook Farmers Market returns to Menlo Park with Earth Day kick off theme

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The Facebook Farmers Market opened its second season today with the kick off theme of Earth Day. The market will be held on Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm through December 3rd. “Our first market of the season is focusing on earth and sustainability,” said Alex Alvarez Gahagan, Facebook Manager of Global Events, Amenities & Community Engagement, […]

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Facebook Farmers Market returns on Saturday, April 30

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Facebook’s Farmers’ Market returns to Menlo Park on Saturday, April 30, through December 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.The market, held in Facebook’s parking lot, serves as an opportunity for shoppers to have access to locally-grown, organic, fruits and vegetables. There will be more than 40 participating vendors. In addition to live music, cooking demos, and family […]

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg co-chairs Second Harvest Food Bank’s Stand Up for Kids Campaign

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Studies show that kids who don’t get enough to eat can suffer emotional and physical effects that hamper their ability to do well in school and succeed later in life. Despite the enormous wealth in Silicon Valley, one in three local kids struggles with hunger. That’s why Second Harvest Food Bank has launched its Stand […]

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Belle Haven resident goes solar with help from Facebook, Menlo Spark, Grid Alternatives and the City of Menlo Park

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Working in partnership with Menlo Spark, the City of Menlo Park and Grid Alternatives, Facebook installed a solar installation system at the home of Menlo Park resident Gloria Williams yesterday afternoon (3/7). Gloria received a 1.9kW (CEC-AC) solar system, calculated to cover about 90% of her electric bill, saving her $465 over the year. She is the first of 10 […]

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