Faces of Menlo

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“Everybody gets a front seat,” says Aimée Bolter Campbell about her Dala’s Nest house concerts that she hosts each year at her Menlo Park home on O’Connor Street. The season kicks off this year on April 21 with the Adrian West Trio.

Aimée had a career as a technical writer before retiring in 2016, two years after she started her house concert series. “The impetus for starting was my desire to bring local artists into a dedicated listening space,” she says. “The musicians aren’t struggling to be heard over food, drink and conversation. People come here to really hear the music. Talk happens between sets.”

This year she’s hoping to produce a dozen or so concerts. She presents a wide variety of musical styles, all acoustically. While she still features many local artists, she’s expanded to touring groups from around the nation and the world.

There’s a suggested donation of $20 for each performance, all of which goes to the performer(s).

“I want people to know about this place as a family-friendly, comfortable place,” explains Aimée.

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Poet Lisa Rosenberg reads from her debut collection on April 10

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Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg, who is San Mateo County Poet Laureate, will read from her debut collection, A Different Physics, winner of the 2017 Red Mountain Poetry Prize at The Terraces of Los Gatos on Tuesday, April 10. The reading will include an informal Q&A and book signing. The event is free and open […]

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It’s Easter egg hunt time in Menlo Park

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Menlo Park held two Easter egg hunts this morning, one at Kelly Park and the other at Burgess Park. The latter was attended by InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg, who captured some of the controlled chaos, along with the satisfied and determined egg hunters and the Easter bunny. The hunt in Menlo is sponsored by […]

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Long time Menlo Park resident Arthur Flegel passes away at age 100 years, seven months

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Arthur E. Flegel, who brought furniture to downtown Menlo Park with the opening of Flegel’s Home Furnishings on Santa Cruz Avenue in 1954, passed away in his sleep on March 16. The longtime Menlo Park resident was 100 years, seven months old. There will be a memorial service for Mr. Flegel on May 4, 2018, […]

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Oak Knoll School Principal Kristen Gracia inducted into Skyline College Hall of Fame

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On Saturday, Oak Knoll School Principal, Kristen Gracia, was inducted into the Skyline College Hall of Fame to honor her time there as a two-sport star, twice named MVP in softball, along with being the MVP in Cross Country. As a student at Skyline College, Kristen was awarded the Garlington Award for her athletic accomplishments […]

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Yuhui Chen brings her passion for fitness to Menlo Park

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If anyone can inspire a person to get fit, it’s Yuhui Chen, owner of SBM Fitness in Menlo Park. She now lives and breathes the steps and tools needed to achieve fitness, but that wasn’t always the case. A native of Taiwan, she came to the U.S. via Tokyo in 2008, having moved 19 times […]

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Menlo Park’s Meredie Cohen earns Girl Scout Gold Award for STEM-based education project

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Meredie Cohen, who grew up in Menlo Park and attended Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Gold Awards focus on addressing a major community issue with a lasting solution. Meredie’s project —“Countdown to STEM: Launching Robotics in Underserved Communities”— focuses on the need […]

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Protecting memories though digitization is promise of start up, The Cloud Life

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There are some things that are just too precious to go up in smoke. Such was the realization of Anna Morris (right) and Brittany Messmer. Following the tragic natural disasters in 2017, they kept hearing from people they knew who were affected about how most things are replaceable, but photos and other precious memories are not. So, they decided […]

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Albert Camarillo looks back on four decades teaching Mexican American history at Stanford

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Growing up in Compton, California in the 50s and 60s, by his own admission Albert Camarillo was not a particularly good student. “But a light went on in sixth grade when I had my first male teacher,” he recalls, sitting in the living room of his Menlo Park home. “Another inspiration was my older brother […]

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Mary Ann Somerville takes to the court again at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education Night

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Mary Ann Somerville, former superintendent of Las Lomitas Elementary School District, is also a former Stanford basketball player. Her basketball and education pasts converge at Maples Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 26, as Stanford women’s basketball celebrates Graduate School of Education Night. Mary Ann will be throwing T-shirts into the crowd and will be recognized as […]

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Spotted: InMenlo photographer Irene Searles at Women’s March in Oaxaca

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Your InMenlo team is spread across the globe at the moment. While Menlo Park and Atherton women participated in Bay Area Women’s Marches, contributing photographer Irene Searles (far right) was taking part in a march in Oaxaca, Mexico And she made the local paper: “… I was interviewed  at the Women’s Vigil in Oaxaca. My […]

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