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Atherton’s Earth Day celebration runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Town Center (Ashfield Road and Dinkelspiel Station Lane).

The Town’s Environmental Programs Committee, Recology and the Atherton Library are teaming up to bring residents free garden mulch, e-waste safe recycling, secure shredding, eco-friendly 3-D printing, the San Mateo County Bookmobile, earth friendly planting, family friendly experiments, the ever-popular Student Challenge, and much more.

All local high school students are welcome to give presentations on environmental issues, and can sign up to participate by completing the online application. The Student Challenge is juried with prizes and awards for participants.

The E-scrap, shred and compost giveaway will be held in its normal location – parking lot directly behind the Police Department (corner of Dinkelspiel and Fair Oaks).

There will also be a presentation on sustainable gardening by Laurel Nagle at 11:00 am. Laurel is a Master Gardener with over 20 years of gardening experience, and she is excited to share her extensive knowledge. with our community! She is the owner of Every Bloomin’ Thing, a container gardening service for residences and businesses on the peninsula

Laurel completed the Landscape Architecture program at UC Berkeley Extension. She taught Drought Tolerant Gardening, and Garden Design for Homeowners through the community education department at the College of San Mateo. Additional lectures have been on container gardening at Lyngso and the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Her particular interest is anything that blooms.

Admission is free. Bring your family and your curiosity. Please contact Dori Ganetsos, Sustainability Coordinator, at (650) 752-0544 or dganetsos@ci.atherton.ca.us for more information about this event.

Photo courtesy of Every Bloomin’ Thing

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Wishing you all a happy Easter, happy spring!

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This morning we celebrate the determination of a crawling baby, who just happens to be the son of long-time contributing photographer Frances Freyberg. She took him to Burgess Park for the egg hunt yesterday, not realizing “what a madhouse” it would be. That didn’t seem to bother Dylan, who demonstrated his crawling expertise in the […]

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Did all of Menlo Park’s 5 and under set turn out for the Burgess Park egg hunt and festivities?

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The annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the City of Menlo Park and Menlo Fire was, as usual, well attended, particularly by families with kids under 5. We present some photos of participants that caught our eye. Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Egg hunts planned in Menlo Park & Atherton on April 15

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There will be two egg hunts in Menlo Park on Saturday, April 15, one at Burgess Park and the other at Kelly Park. Both are presented by the City of Menlo Park in partnership with the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and the Menlo Park Fire District. The event schedule: – 10:00 am – Crafts begin -Bounce houses (Burgess […]

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Snacks to eat while watching the Academy Awards on TV this Sunday

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Editor’s note: We’ve come to count on Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy for showing us how to make celebrations and holidays special. Here she takes on the Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday night (2/26). Oscar Night has always been one of my favorites. The stars, the fashion, the movies and most importantly, festive […]

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Heartfelt wishes on Valentines Day in Menlo Park

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Our nomination for the house with the most Valentines Day spirit in Menlo Park goes to this dwelling on the Alameda near Cedar. What a cheery sight, all those hearts on a Magnolia tree with some blooms but otherwise barren. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Love the Earth is part of pre-Valentines program offered by Menlo Spark

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Diane Bailey, who is Executive Director of Menlo Spark, let us know about a fun art project called “Love Your Earth” her organization sponsored yesterday at the Boys & Girls Club in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park as a prelude to today’s Valentine celebration. She emails: “[The] BGCP has been integrating environmental themes into some of their programs.[Yesterday] Jonathan […]

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Super Bowl hot dogs make perfect game day snack when filled with super food

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An event as epic as the Super Bowl needs Super Food. This year we are keeping it simple and vibrant by kicking things off with “super food” topped hot dogs. A quick rush to the Menlo Park Farmers Market to intercept fresh greens was all it took. Loaded with vitamin C, calcium and carotenoids, my bunch of […]

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Freewheel Brewing Company founder Malcolm McGinnis remembered at fundraising benefit

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Freewheel Brewing Company at Marsh Manor is hosting the Malcolm McGinnis 1st Annual Benefit Party to raise money for the Menlo-Atherton High School Head, Heart, and Balls Scholarship Fund on Thursday, Jan. 19, starting at 6:00 pm. This is a party to remember the brewery’s co-founder and head brewer, who passed away last September,  and celebrate the fourth anniversary […]

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Caltrain Holiday Train comes to Menlo Park on December 4

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The Caltrain Holiday Train presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a Bay Area tradition since 2001, is a free family event that brings together thousands of local community members in the spirit of joy and giving. It will stop at the Menlo Park train station on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:45 pm. Decorated with 70,000 […]

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Menlo Park resident John Donald’s tips on visiting Disneyland – take two

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Editor’s note: John Donald provided his top five tips when visiting Disneyland but said the past year — when he and his family made numerous trips to the park and Disney California Adventure — yielded even more. Here they are, just in time for holiday visits: Assuming you are going multiple days to both Disneyland and […]

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