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National Night Out (NNO) last Tuesday drew quite the crowd of Menlo Park residents to Menalto Corners where locals enjoyed food and entertainment.

Activities included a “Dunk Tank” with Mayor Ray Mueller, the Captivating Dance by Nona dance show, bounce houses sponsored by Spa in the Park, a trivia contest by Menalto Cleaners, and a game and puzzles table by Qwerty Education. Additionally, Heart on Your Wrist held a jewelry sale, Habibis Salon offered bling strings (small hair
tinsel attachments),  and Studio Cakes handed out free cupcakes, all anchored around Kathleen Daly’s always welcoming Cafe Zoë. Food was also provided by nearby Mardini’s Deli on Willow Road.

National Night Out lead

“It was a great social gathering,” said Menlo-Atherton student and NNO attendee Sarah Dairiki, “There were fun and games for just about everyone, and I think it’s a great, engaging way to bring the community together.”

NNO began in 1984, according to the National Association of Town Watch website, and over 35 million people from 16,124 communities across the nation participated in 2013. In addition to hosting a festival, the event served to promote crime prevention awareness and introduce people to their local response teams and police.

National Night Out police

Representatives of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a nationwide program dedicated to assisting first responders in local emergencies, came to educate attendees about food, water, and electricity in emergencies as well as fire safety. Steve Taffee, neighborhood coordinator and chair of the CERT Advisory Committee in Menlo Park, describes the team simply as “neighbors helping neighbors. Our first responsibility at CERT is to make sure that we’re safe, our family is safe, our immediate neighbors are safe, and then we start working at large in the community.”

Taffee encourages anybody who is interested in working to promote public safety to attend the next emergency responder class at Menlo Park Fire Station 77 at 5:00 pm on September 17.

Photos by Erin Perrine

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Philip Reilly bakes distinct variety of artisan breads that he sells at Portola Valley Farmers’ Market

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From chemist to patent attorney — to bread baker? Such is the career trajectory of Philip Reilly, the British-born founder of Portola Valley Bread. “A few years ago I took some time off due to some family responsibilities,” he explains as he kneads dough for the weekly batch he sells exclusively at the Portola Valley Farmers’ Market […]

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What caught our eye at the Connoisseurs’ Marketplace in downtown Menlo Park

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Menlo Park Library invites local foodies to learn about Peruvian cooking on July 19

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Rotary Club schedules second annual Taste of Menlo Park for June 11

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Hillview Middle School Service Club prepares and serves hot food to homeless

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