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Saturday’s Facebook Festival theme was “Celebrate Summer with Island Vibes & Reggae Beats!”

Attendees enjoyed a free kids’ zone; roots and island culture; summer drinks and street food tasting for charity (100% of sales to local nonprofit); farmers’ market; art, music and cultural performances; Ferris Wheel; and live music from Rafa, Audiodub & China Cats.


Proceeds benefited local environmental and sustainability organizations.

Summer intern/InMenlo contributing photographer Lena Kalotihos was there to capture the action.

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Year Up Bay Area launches job training program at Facebook in Menlo Park

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Year Up Bay Area (“YUBA”), a non-profit workforce development program for motivated and talented young adults, has launched a new Year Up site at Facebook in Menlo Park. The new site, which is Year Up’s first employer-based site on the West Coast, will serve 80 young adults in its first year, allowing the organization to […]

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Menlo Park family takes action on immigration policy with fundraising campaign

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Update: The Willners have now raised over $20 million of a end of June. It was the photo of a young girl at the border about to be separated from her mother that caught Menlo Park resident Charlotte Willner’s attention. She decided to take action, and along with her husband Dave and friend Malorie McGee, […]

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Facebook Festivals return with inaugural event “Bay Area Brew & FanFest”

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The first of five scheduled, free Facebook Festivals takes place this Saturday, May 12, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm in parking lot 14 on the Facebook campus (1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park). The theme is Bay Area Brew and FanFest showcasing professional and collegiate sports along with 22 local youth sports and mentoring organizations, which will […]

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Facebook’s Catalyst Housing Fund gets $1 million investment from San Francisco Foundation

Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s VP Corporate Communications & Public Policy, announced today that The San Francisco Foundation is contributing $1 million to the Catalyst Housing Fund. “Though the [Silicon Valley] region is thriving in many ways, our community clearly needs more affordable places to live,” he said in a press release. “That’s why we’re working alongside […]

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks to MPCSD community at Parent Speaker Series Event

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The Menlo Park City School District’s Speaker Series welcomed Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In and Option B to the Hillview stage on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Ms. Sandberg engaged in an intimate, wide-ranging conversation with MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister to a packed house of district parents, leadership, and invited guests including […]

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Facebook’s new “snooze” option might offer holiday respite!

Menlo Park-based Facebook is launching Snooze, giving users the option of temporarily unfollowing a person, Page or group for 30 days, which coming at this time of the year, may lighten your holiday load. By selecting Snooze in the top-right drop-down menu of a post, you won’t see content from those people, Pages or groups […]

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Facebook launches Access job portal for applicants in surrounding neighborhoods

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Residents of Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood, North Fair Oaks, and East Palo Alto can now apply for jobs at Facebook through Access, a new local talent portal. Through this free program, local candidates will have increased visibility from a talent partner whose purview includes consulting, career development and employment access for the community. “In […]

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Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos at Facebook on October 28

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Fun for the whole family. Bring the kids in costume for parade, trick-or-treating, and free pumpkin (1 per children – while supplies last). Shop for fall produce, decor & crafts. Farmers will be onsite with fresh fall fruits & vegetables. Shop from locally-sourced food & drink vendors. Free kid zone: Bounce houses, mini Ferris Wheel, facepainting, […]

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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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Dr. Ramesh Sharma demonstrates the mastery of twig art at Facebook Festivals

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At Facebook’s County Fair a couple of weeks back, Dr. Ramesh Sharma was working on his twig art, constructing dinosaurs made of grass for the kids who were attending. Isn’t that what every retired nuclear physicist does? Dr. Sharma explained that he’d come from India to the Bay Area, where one daughter works for Facebook […]

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