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Through at least the first week of October, Cafe Zoë is hosting a special exhibition displaying works of art from ARTogether workshop participants and photos from the workshops themselves.

We stopped by yesterday afternoon to visit with Menlo Park residents Alexandra Pettet (second from left) and her husband, Hossein Namazi (right), who serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. They are friends with Leva Zand (far left), who founded ARTogether in 2017, and were inspired by the organization’s mission to not only provide art education programs for refugees and immigrants but to also seek out art instructors who have immigrant backgrounds.

Workshops offered by ARTogether range from single sessions to ongoing series. They take place at refugee organization’s facitilites. A complete list of the workshops is available online.

The organization also plans social activities to make connections between the refugee community and the general public.

Long term, ARTogether hopes to open it own stand-along facility, which would encompass a spectrum of services and resources to the refugee community: a studio with open access to art supplies, a classroom area for ongoing workshops, a computer lab for digital projects, and an exhibition space to showcase the ARTogether community’s creative pieces.

Cafe Zoë is located at 1929 Menalto Avenue in Menlo Park.

Photo by Dennis Nugent (c) 2018

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Spotted: Cellist playing at Cafe Borrone and raising money for refugees

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Folks who chose to have breakfast at Cafe Borrone this morning were greeted with lovely music provided by a cellist who’d taken up residence outside along the windows. His sign explained his purpose: “I’m Nicholas Loh, a rising high school senior. I’m deeply moved by the humanitarian situation in Syria. I have been in contact […]

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Revisiting Round Table Pizza just shy of its 60th anniversary

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Two national businesses that our town of Menlo Park spawned are still alive and well. One was incorporated in 1998 and first set-up in a garage of a newly-purchased home at 232 Santa Margarita. Now headquartered in Mountain View, Google is part of everyday life. The other began in a California Water Service building on […]

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Poets Night Open Mic continues at Cafe Zoë on July 12

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Another community poetry evening at  Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park featuring San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg and Kalamu Chaché is scheduled for  Thursday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 pm. Poets of all ages and styles are invited to share original work, or favorite poems by other poets, or just come to listen and enjoy the cafe’s […]

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Coffebar is a welcome addition on Chestnut St. in downtown Menlo Park

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Editor’s note: We welcome a new InMenlo contributor, Bita Arabian. The Menlo Park resident is a health coach for Kurbo Health where she teaches kids, families, and teens to make good choices around food, and to plan out daily exercise. She also writes a  healthy recipes food blog called OvenHug.  In her free time she dances for exercise and […]

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Single buyer emerges victorious in Alpine Inn bidding war

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Lucy Neely sent this email today with latest new of the who appears to be winning entry in efforts to buy the Alpine Inn aka Zott’s: “It is with both a light heart and great joy that I share good news: a single buyer has emerged victorious in the poker game, and Portola Valley Community […]

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Café Zoë is celebrates its 10th anniversary today

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Café Zoë is celebrating its 10th anniversary today, Tuesday, June 19, and the InMenlo team swung by in time for a champagne toast. The Café — its people and events — has been featured at least four dozen times over the years on InMenlo, which launched just a year later in the summer of 2009. […]

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Cafe Zoë is inviting locals to wear orange on June 2

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From Cafe Zoë: “This isn’t political. It’s for the kids. We will be wearing orange and decorating the cafe in orange (beyond the usual amount you see in the logo) to honor the lives lost to gun violence. We hope for a better tomorrow.” The Cafe will be open on Saturday, June 2, from 8:00 […]

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Momentum builds in effort to buy Alpine Inn (aka Rossotti’s) with a initial deadline of May 31

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After three community meetings led by Lucy Neely under the auspices of the Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC, the opportunity for locals to buy the historical Alpine Inn Beer Garden — aka Rossotti’s — is moving forward quickly. At last week’s meetings, Lucy talked about the “emotional and historical importance” Zott’s has to the community and […]

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Matt Weil photographs the Bay Bridge from the same vantage point of 85 years ago

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It is a homecoming of sorts for civil engineer and serious amateur photographer Matt Weil whose photography show, “The Bay Bridge: An Engineer’s Perspective,” is on display at Cafe Borrone. Matt grew up in Menlo Park and would wander into Cafe Borrone walking home from Menlo-Atherton High School. “I remember seeing the different art on the […]

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The door slams shut one last time on the Oasis

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The booths and tables at the Oasis Beer Garden in Menlo Park are as lonely the sole pint of beer pictured above, and unlikely to be filled again. We learned today that Dan Beltramo, the building’s property owner, does not intend to bring back the Oasis in the near future. Emails Menlo Park City Councilman […]

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