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The first of five Facebook Festivals was held today on the company’s Menlo Park campus. The theme was Chili, Cars and Everyday Stars and featured classic cars and trucks along with the chili cook of competition. For $10, people could taste and the vote for their favorite chili. Proceeds benefited the local non-profit, Ecumenical Hunger Program. Slow Iron Chili (top) was among the competitors.

Old cars in mint condition are always fun to look at. Two caught our eye in particular, a 1929 Ford Model T Town Sedan (right) and a 1948 DeSoto taxi. The Model T featured a sign that said “Menlo Park,” and we talked to the owner, Lowell, who lived in Menlo Park almost all of his life and still has a house here. He was among the first four-year students to graduate from Menlo-Atherton High School — the class of 1955.

While an early press release indicated that the farmers markets that had taken place weekly last summer wouldn’t resume until June, there was a good assortment of fruits, vegetables and meats to select from. The berries from Vaquez looked particularly delectable.

The next Facebook Festival —  Summer Foodfest — will take place on June 24 from noon to 5:00 pm.

Photos by Linda Hubbard with the exception of the Model T by Dennis Nugent (c) 2017

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Facebook adds festivals to its summer line up beginning May 13

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Facebook is hosting five festivals on its campus starting May 13 that are free and open to the public. These are in lieu of the Facebook Farmers Markets, which will return with a twist to better support Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, most likely in June, according to a Facebook spokesperson. Last year Facebook hosted 25 […]

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Menlo Fire and Facebook partner to host inaugural 5K run on May 13

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the Menlo Park Firefighters Association are partnering with Facebook Festivals to hold its first Menlo Fire 5K on May 13. Proceeds from the event will go to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF). AARBF is a California based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing […]

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Two iron workers injured at construction site of Facebook’s Building 21

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At approximately 5:25 pm yesterday (April 26), four beams dislodged from the steel supports during steel erection at the construction site of Facebook’s new building 21 in Menlo Park. Two iron workers erecting the steel fell approximately 30 feet resulting in injuries. They were transported to Stanford Hospital. Both workers were wearing required fall protection […]

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Facebook Farmers Market wraps up this year with a Halloween-themed celebration

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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. Scattered through out the market were various spooky posing places along with […]

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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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