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The popular walking destination for Menlo Park residents, Stanford’s Big Dish area, will be closed Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19. We’re using that announcement to showcase some of InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles photos of the area’s creatures.

cattle near Big Dish_IreneThe closure will allow for coordinated maintenance activities in and around the area. According to a Stanford press release, the decision to completely close the Dish area was made in an effort to minimize the amount of time that access to the recreation region will be restricted.

Work will include service road and walking-path maintenance, storm-pipe repair and tree watering and mulching. The Dish Area is expected to reopen on Saturday, Aug. 20, and remain open during the remainder of the summer and fall.

Plans for a separate California Water Service project to install a water line near the Alpine Road and Piers Lane access point will require the closure of the Dish area’s Alpine Gate for several weeks. Dates for this project have not been finalized. Cal Water will post signs in the parking area and at the gate in advance of the expected closure.

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During that closure, there will be no parking on Alpine Road and Piers Lane. Alternative public parking will be available on Stanford Avenue and Coyote Hill Road.

For updates and more information on the Dish closure, visit dish.stanford.edu.

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Photos by Irene Searles (c) 2016

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How to get a taste of San Francisco without leaving the Peninsula

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From time-to-time InMenlo has explored “nearby,” meaning people, places and organizations that aren’t rooted in our coverage area of Menlo Park and Atherton (with occasional forays to Portola Valley and Woodside). In the “nearby” vein, a recent late afternoon adventure got us thinking about ways to experience San Francisco without leaving the Peninsula. No need to […]

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Exploring artistic microclimates around the Bay Area

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Editor’s note: Menlo-Atherton High School junior Holly Newman recently participated in Newsroom by the Bay, which originally published this article. Holly will be a staff writer for M-A Chronicle in the coming school year. Art is often a mysterious thing to those viewing it. How can an artist start with a blank canvas and produce a masterpiece? […]

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Boy Scout Troop 222 from Menlo Park distributes American flags at Golden Gate National Cemetery

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In preparation for Memorial Day, Boy Scout Troop 222, sponsored by Menlo Church in Menlo Park, helped place flags along headstones at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. If you’ve driven by that cemetery coming or going to the City and were curious about it, here are some facts, according to its website. It opened […]

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Photographer Frances Freyberg continues spring wildflower pursuit at Edgewood Park

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First Filoli, then Pearson Arastradero Preserve and now Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve. Such were the journeys Menlo Park-based photographer Frances Freyberg took in pursuit of spring wildflowers. Located just off 280, Edgewood is known, in particular, for its display of wildflowers scattered across its grassy hillsides. It hosts docent-led wildflower walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 […]

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Spotted: InMenlo crew at Pier 24 Photography

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Some of the InMenlo crew, including photographer and co-founder Scott Loftesness, contributing photographer Irene Searles and moi, took a field trip yesterday to San Francisco. First stop was Pier 24, which now houses photographic exhibits in a beautiful space. The works of British photographer Paul Graham were on display; read the Chronicle review here. Photo by Steve […]

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Big Dish set to close for a month beginning July 13

The Big Dish, the popular walking area frequented by Menlo Park residents, will be closed for a variety of construction and maintenance for a month. A potable water line will be constructed in the vicinity of the Alpine Gate in Menlo Park, the road between the Alpine Gate and the Dish structure will be repaved, and […]

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Local bicyclists view coastal farms on 20-mile POST organized ride

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On Saturday morning (6/27), over 75 bicyclists of all ages and skills — many from Menlo Park —participated in the first Bike the Coast with POST (Peninsula Open Space Trust). The 20-mile loop began on Cloverdale Road just outside of Pescadero. Riding south, the first stop was at the Root Down Farm , a new organic […]

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“Carts to Cars: A Celebration of Horsepower—Then and Now” is theme of fundraiser to be held at Folger Stable

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A unique fundraising event is being planned by The Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks at the historic Folger Stable in Woodside on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Focused on the history of horsepower and how it has been used locally, the event will benefit a range of improvement projects in both Huddart and Wunderlich parks as well […]

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Nearby: The James Johnston House in Half Moon Bay

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Last weekend I participated in a two day photo workshop in Half Moon Bay led by fine art photographer Chris Honeysett. As it turns out, the first ever photo workshop I ever participated in was led by Chris back in 2009 – five years ago this month. For that workshop, we walked in San Francisco’s […]

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Sculpture takes its place amidst the gardens and grounds of Filoli this summer

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There’s a special group of visitors at Filoli this summer — a variety of sculptures by local artists scattered amidst the gardens, courtyards, terraces, and fields. The exhibit, totaling about 125 pieces, is on display through Sept. 7. The participating artists are Jeff Owen, Archie Held, Grant Irish, Marcia Donahue, Richard Starks, Molly Stone from Cohn-Stone Studios, and five artists from the Orchard […]

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