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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 Camino on both sides of Santa Cruz Avenue, there was the usual mix of local non-profits and businesses passing out materials, games for kids, a petting zoo, and a very popular giant slide.

The Menlo Police Department was giving locals a sober view of drunken driving with a chance to maneuver a vehicle through cones while wearing “drunk” googles. Those who tried reported that it wasn’t easy!

On hand to take photos for InMenlo was M-A rising junior Lena Kalotihos who spotted M-A parent Doug Marks in a band playing the drums, with Jen Gill singing, Dan Zalles on guitar and occasional vocals, and Richard Hubner on the keyboard.

“They’re called The Outer Half and they write their own original songs that are available on Spotify. They also perform a lot of older rock classics,” reported Lena.

Photos by Lena Kalotihos (c) 2018

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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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Menlo Park Belle Haven Library hosts first ever Puppetry Festival

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On June 3, the Menlo Park Belle Haven Library will kick off a three-month-long celebration of the art of puppetry, with a Puppetry Festival featuring a variety of professional puppet companies over the course of eight different events. The library will host a puppet performance every other Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. On the Sundays […]

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Comic Con returns to the Menlo Park Library on May 19

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The Menlo Park Library Comic Con is back! Immerse yourself in an afternoon of comic, sci-fi, and gamer-related fun for adults and children alike. The event takes place on May 19 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. The free-admission event will feature cosplay, live music, film screenings, artists, vendors, special guests, and more! Print out a […]

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Facebook Festivals return with inaugural event “Bay Area Brew & FanFest”

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The first of five scheduled, free Facebook Festivals takes place this Saturday, May 12, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm in parking lot 14 on the Facebook campus (1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park). The theme is Bay Area Brew and FanFest showcasing professional and collegiate sports along with 22 local youth sports and mentoring organizations, which will […]

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Grab Bag Theater presents The Little Mermaid

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Come dive down “under the sea” for Grab Bag Theater’s eighth annual spring musical, The Little Mermaid. This show is high energy and fun for the whole family! Performances are at Veterans Memorial Senior Center (1455 Madison Ave.) in Redwood City, May 11, 12, 18 at 7:00 pm and May 19 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 […]

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Kites take to the skies over Menlo Park

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Yesterday, the hills of Bedwell Bayfront Park came alive with color, and hundreds of kites brightened the overcast skies as part of the City of Menlo Park’s annual kite day. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was there to capture the action.

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