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The 18th annual pancake breakfast was held Saturday morning at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.

The always well-attended event starts with breakfast. Pancakes get flipped by fire fighters with Boy Scout Troop 222 assisting in the fire-house-turned-dining-room. The event is co-sponsored by Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, Inc., whose members were on hand to sell tickets,  and the Stanford Park Hotel, which donates all the food and set up.

A special treat this year was the display of new firefighting equipment, including  a Heavy Rescue truck (below), a 2018 Pierce Arrow XT. Kids could also climb into the cab of the ladder portion of a hook and ladder truck (right). The new was in contrast to Old Tom and the old original fire station (below, left in photo).

Firefighters performed demonstrations including a jaw of life rescue, and when not climbing on the trucks, kids could enjoy multiple games scattered around the fire house yard.

Top and bottom photo by Frances Freyberg (c) 2018 other two photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Blessed be the fruit – “Handmaid’s Tale” Emmy snack

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The Handmaid’s Tale is nominated for 20 Emmy Awards this year. It is cause for celebration or as they would say in Gilead, “Praise Be!” It is a dark and suspenseful story, and I felt like we needed a little brightness and levity to enjoy during the show, which is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17 at 5:00 […]

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Good wine, good food, good vibe at Taste of Woodside

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The Rotary Club of Woodside Portola Valley hosted Taste of Woodside last Sunday evening with proceeds benefiting the Club’s many school, community and international projects. Held on the grounds of the Woodside Village Church, the event featured wine tasting, music by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers (below) and a dinner catered by Chantal. The neighborhood kids proved […]

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Adult Board Game Meetup on Sept. 2 at Menlo Park Library

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Meet on the main floor of the Menlo Park Library, near the Project Read offices, on Sept. 2 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm to relax and unwind with other adults. Why should kids have all the fun? Bring old friends, or make new ones, as our facilitator brings a variety of games, and helps explain […]

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Randel McGee brings his dragon puppet to Menlo Park on Aug. 26

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The Menlo Park Library’s Puppetry Festival’s final performance features Randel McGee and his friend, a talking, wise-cracking, singing, guitar-playing dragon, on Sunday, August 26, at 2:00 pm. The event takes place at the Belle Haven Branch Library  (413 Avy Drive). Randel McGee in an internationally-acclaimed storyteller, author, and teaching artist who has been entertaining audiences of […]

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Downtown Menlo Park block party offers good music and fun for kids

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The annual Downtown Menlo Park block party last night brought summer to a close, if not by actual calendar, at least by the start of school year. Menlo-Atherton High School started last Wednesday. Menlo Park City schools start on August 23, and Las Lomitas schools start on August 30. Stretching from University Avenue to El […]

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Menlo Park downtown Block Party set for August 16

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Hosted by the City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, Menlo Park’s downtown Block Party is one of the community’s favorite summer events and Set for Thursday, August 16 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, there will  be live music, kid friendly fun and free activities for all ages, inching a petting […]

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Menlo Summer Fest returns to Santa Cruz Avenue on July 21-22

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Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” returns to downtown Menlo Park the weekend of July 21-22. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. Admission is free. There will be an end of day concert featuring Foreverland, a 14-piece tribute band to the music of Michael Jackson, on Saturday, July 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm […]

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Storytellers present “stew of stories” at Menlo Park Library on July 14

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Nationally-renowned storytellers Erica Lann-Clark and Olga Loya present a mind-opening, taboo-busting stew of stories people don’t tell for fear of ridicule on July 14 from 11:00 am to noon at the Menlo Park Library. Olga tells about working with a ‘curandero’ and having to look at things in a whole new way. Erica tells how […]

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Young’uns – and the young at heart – make the most of Menlo Park’s 4th of July Parade

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Decked out in red, white and blue, local kids along with their parents made their was down Santa Cruz Avenue to El Camino and on to Burgess Park at Menlo Park’s annual 4th of July celebration. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was there to capture the action. Photos by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Nativity Carnival kicks off summer June 8-10

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The 38th annual Nativity Carnival begins Friday, June 8 at 5:00 pm and continues on Saturday and Sunday, taking place at 1250 Laurel Street in Menlo Park. There are rides, raffle, music and food. Proceeds benefit Church of the Nativity. More details available online. InMenlo file photo (c) 2016

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