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Get your little crawler hydrated and ready to race! The “Diaper Derby” is returning this year to the 9th Annual Summer Block Party on June 17. Sponsored by Cheeky Monkey and West Bay Sanitation, the “Diaper Derby” is a fun competition for children under age one. Little crawlers race across the giant rainbow mats into the arms of their waiting parents.

Registration forms are available by contacting Menlo Park City Councilmember Ray Mueller at rdmueller@menlopark.org. Same day registration is available beginning at 5:00 pm. Races begin at 6:00 pm.

The Summer Block Party is sponsored and organized by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of Menlo Park. This year’s theme is “Cars are the Stars.” The Summer Block Party begins at 5:00 pm downtown on Santa Cruz Avenue.

Come out and enjoy classic cars, outdoor dining, many diverse and exciting business booths, as well as live local entertainment.

This year the block party will also feature a children’s area with a giant inflatable slide, face painting, a chalkboard car for kid decorating, a mural for painting, hula hoop competitions, egg relay races and much more.

Photo of 2013 Diaper Derby participant by Dennis Nugent

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Webb Ranch U-pick berries opens tomorrow, June 10

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The first of Webb Ranch’s first U-pick berries session will be tomorrow, June 10 and Saturday, June 13  from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bring the family and enjoy picking berries and eating in the lawn area. As of now, additional sessions will be held the four next Wednesdays and Saturdays, ending July 11. • All berries are […]

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Margo True reflects on her decade long career as Sunset Food Editor

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Editor’s note: On June 6-7, the last Celebration Weekend will be held at Sunset Magazine’s iconic Cliff May-designed offices in Menlo Park. Last December, the magazine’s owner, Time Inc., announced that it had sold the seven-acre campus of gardens and 1950s ranch-style buildings to Embarcadero Capital Partners, a San Francisco real estate investment and management […]

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35th annual Nativity Carnival this weekend kicks off summer in Menlo Park

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The 35th annual Nativity Carnival is happening this weekend at Nativity School (Oak Grove and Laurel) starting tomorrow, June 5 at 5:00 pm. It will be open Saturday, June 6 from noon to 11:00 pm and Sunday, June 7, from noon to 6:00 pm. Admission is free. In addition to 20 carnival rides and dozens of game […]

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Sunset leaves Menlo Park for new headquarters in Oakland’s Jack London Square

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Sunset will move its headquarters to Jack London Square in Oakland this December, Evelyn Webster, Executive Vice President, Time Inc. announced today. Sunset will relocate to Oakland from the Menlo Park campus that it has occupied since 1951. Where the publishing company would land has been a topic of much discussion since last December when the magazine’s owner, […]

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Rotary Club’s Taste of Menlo – and beyond – will take place on June 3, raising money for needs-based scholarships

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The Rotary Club of Menlo Park will host the 3rd annual food and wine fundraising event for its scholarship program on Wednesday, June 3, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Menlo College. Tickets are available online. This year, the event is extended to be called “Taste of Menlo & beyond” to include restaurants beyond Menlo […]

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Supporting a CSA prompted Gudrun Enger to try new vegetables and start food blog

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Gudrun Enger first became acquainted with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) thanks to her Menlo Park neighbor, author and chef Donia Bijan. “She sent me an email about Two Small Farms starting a CSA,” she said. “I signed up and would go to Stanford West on Sand Hill to pick up my weekly box.” “One day […]

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Menlo Park boys sell lemonade and cookies to support Big Cats and Nepal

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A group of Menlo Park boys hosted a lemonade stand on Saturday afternoon to help raise money for Cause an Uproar and Nepal earthquake relief. Sponsored by National Geographic, Cause an Uproar focuses on helping to save Big Cats in Africa. Mr. Quarre’s class at Oak Knoll School has been fundraising for this organization this past week.

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Jesse Cool and Mitchell Johnson share art, food and admiration for each other

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Think of them as bookending the stretch of the Alameda in Menlo Park between Sharon and Walsh roads. One a restaurateur feeding the body. The other a painter feeding the soul. Jesse Cool, owner of Flea Street Cafe, and artist Mitchell Johnson are joined together in what has been a mutually beneficial partnership for about five years with the […]

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Mama Coco is Menlo Park family restaurant owned by a Menlo Park family

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One day a year or so ago, husband and wife Omar Piña and Monica Pilotzi were having lunch at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park and looked across the street at the largely take-out restaurant, Mex to Go. “We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have that space?’,” recalled Monica. “And today we do!” The couple, who also live […]

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One picky eater’s experience leads to book “Suffering Succotash”

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Let’s be clear. Menlo Park resident Stephanie Lucianovic looks nothing like Sylvester the Cat, who’s known for exclaiming “suffering succotash.” But suffer succotash she did, along with just about every other vegetable on the planet, which she refused to eat until late in her 20s. “I was so picky, I used to fear eating at people’s […]

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