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As part of its community focus on empowering girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) will host FlashDash – a photo scavenger hunt fundraiser – on Saturday, April 16, in Menlo Park.

Participants – either as individuals, or in teams of four – will receive a set of clues to photograph and post on either Twitter or Instagram using an event-specific hashtag. Some clues will be very specific, while others will require creativity and teamwork to interpret. Wacky and wild costumes are encouraged.

FlashDash will run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm starting at the JLPA•MP headquarters at 555 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park. While many clues will be accessible by foot, FlashDash is not a footrace, and teams will be allowed to move about town by car.

Tickets for FlashDash are $50 per person, or $200 per team, and include post-game treats and refreshments; participants must be 21 years or older. All proceeds will support girls in STEM. Tickets must be purchased online by April 13.

The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula is investing in the next generation of female STEM leaders through strategic grant-making, coalition building, and by partnering with local and national nonprofits on projects for direct service, capacity building and advocacy.

JLPA•MP recently announced new multi-year partnerships with The Tech Museum of Innovation and Technovation to engage girls in our community with innovative STEM education and programs. These partnerships include a $100,000 grant and volunteer support to launch Girls Day at The Tech and The Tech Challenge mentorship program.

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2016 Commuter Challenge kicks off on April 1st

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The 2016 Commuter Challenge, this year’s campaign to reward commuters who choose transportation modes other than driving alone kicks off today. Between now and May 31, people who join the challenge and commute to, from, or through San Mateo County using an alternative mode will be eligible to win weekly prizes and one of five grand […]

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Alley-Oop Kids concludes a successful second project

We’ve been following young Menlo Park resident Shay Patel’s philanthropic activities for a couple of years now and reported on his effort to send foster kids who are being mentored through CASA of San Mateo to a sporting event in 2015. Shay emailed us the results of his most recent Alley-Oops Kids project: “Thanks to all […]

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Kidnapping attempt reported in Atherton

At 2:09 am this morning (3/19), Atherton Police received a wireless 9-1-1 call from a 24-year-old female Menlo Park resident who was the victim of an attempted kidnapping. The suspect is a male adult driving a lowered 4-door sedan. The incident occurred while the victim waited for a bus near Oak Grove Avenue and Middlefield […]

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No doubt – San Francisquito Creek is rushing!

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While the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Bay Area from through today (3/13),  the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority does not anticipate flooding will occur along San Francisquito Creek. Residents along the creek can check the status online. The accompanying photo was taken from the San Mateo Dr. bridge about 10:00 […]

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Rainfall count slowly marches towards 20″

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When can Menlo Park residents remember water in Lake Lagunita? It’s there again, formed by the latest storms, not by Stanford releasing water from the upper reservoirs. We searched our archives and came up with 2011 when the Lake looked to be at capacity by the end of March? Will that be repeated in 2016? InMenlo […]

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Rain keeps pouring down on Menlo Park

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These ducks at Sharon Park — and similar water fowl — may be the only ones not inconvenienced by the rainstorms that keep blowing through Menlo Park. But, like residents, they are grateful for the moisture. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ at 7:30 am Friday morning (3/11): “Reporting .5″…now at 16.55″ season-to-date. Oh, that these […]

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Two free anti-bullying workshops for kids 6-16

Two free community anti-bullying workshops aimed to help children and teens overcome the negative impact of bullying are scheduled for Friday, March 18 and Friday, April 1. Students will learn how to identify bullying behavior, realistic ways to avoid being a target of bullying, and how to stop bullying behavior. This workshops are recommended for children ages 6-16 […]

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Morning and afternoon downpours nudge annual rainfall up

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Today was a day of contrasts, weather wise. There were periods of bright sunshine mixed with a couple of heavy downpours of rain. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ emailed that combined they added another .2″, bringing his season-to-date total to 16.05″. Meanwhile, the barren oaks of Menlo are starting to sprout new leaves. We spotted […]

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Another drencher hits Menlo Park on Sunday

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San Francisquito Creek, which divides Menlo Park from Palo Alto/Stanford, was roaring early this morning after a weekend of drenching rain, albeit without the heavy winds and thunder that was promised to come with it. Emailed InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Another .8″ as of 7:25 am, exceeding forecasts. Season-to-date total is now 15.85″.” More showers are […]

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Finally, Menlo Park gets a good drenching

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “1.65” in my gauge this morning. My season total is now 15.05″. “The last rain year over 21″ in my backyard was 2010-11. At this date in March, 2011, my figure was 16.9″. The season continued in March to add rainfall in bits and drabs. Then, April surprised with close […]

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