Nonprofit organizations

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1:15 pm at Allied Arts. The upcoming roster of speaker provides members and guests with a wide variety of topics. To attend, call 650-327-1313, or email through the Kiwanis Club website. August programs are:

Sept 1: Yishan Lin, founder of Mise, will explain a new concept in takeout meals, his online market and delivery service that delivers dishes from local chefs direct to homes from San Francisco to San Jose and parts of the East Bay.

Sept 8: Bayana Bokosi Frank Chunga, African Bible College, will talk about challenges facing the people of Malawi, while introducing us to the college he represents. He started daily devotional programs on the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, produced a radio documentary that dealt with the AIDS crisis in Malawi, and has a weekly column in one of the nation’s newspapers.

Sept 15: Sara Jorgensen, one of Harrell Remodeling’s award-winning designers, will speak on “Choosing Remodeling Options For 2015 And Beyond.” Whether the project is a kitchen or whole-house remodel, Sara starts with the initial planning stage commencing with complex city code research. Her designs have won awards from the NKBA, NARI and National CotY.

Sept 22: Kirsten Keith, current member of Menlo Park’s City Council and former Mayor, will speak on the challenges for the City of Menlo Park. She will field questions from the audience on any number of subjects as she currently serves on a wide variety of Regional Committees, Commissions, and Advisory Boards.

Sept 29: Chris Carpenter is Senior VP & General Manager of the San Mateo Event Center, which covers 48 acres and has seven indoor buildings. The Center hosts hundreds of events each year — trade and consumer shows, product launches, ride & drives, concerts, corporate meetings, and the County Fair.

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Brian Tucker of GeoHazards International works to save lives in developing countries

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There’s a  perfect storm growing in developing countries, according to Brian Tucker, CEO of Menlo Park-based, non-profit GeoHazards International (GHI). As their population grows, more and more people are concentrating in cities that are in earthquake zones. “If you look at the type of building in developing countries 50 to 60 years ago, structures like […]

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Another successful Tour de Menlo wraps up with lunch at Menlo-Atherton High School

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Staying at pace with last year’s record number of riders, 524 cyclists took part in the 10th annual Tour de Menlo bike ride today. Whether they chose 35-. 45- or 65-miles, riders started and ended at Menlo-Atherton High School where they enjoyed a BBQ lunch provided by Lutticken’s. Local riders included Kathy Gilles (top) who […]

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Brian Greenberg gives Tour de Menlo, scheduled for August 22, a big thumbs up

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Portola Valley resident Brian Greenberg started cycling about eight years ago. “It was way easier on my body than tennis,” he says. He rides everyday, logs 70 to 100 miles a week, and gets a good workout by climbing Old La Honda and Alpine Road frequently. As he’s done a half dozen times before, he’ll […]

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Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park hosts inaugural “Art & Appetizers” fundraiser on August 22

The first annual “Arts & Appetizers” fundraising event presented by the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park will be held on August 22, from 5:00-9:00 pm at a private home in Atherton. “This event brings together several top local gallery artists, and showcases various art styles and media. Guests will enjoy wine, heavy appetizers and desserts as […]

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Fleet Feet Menlo Park launches Power of Running campaign with charitable effort benefiting Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

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Earlier this month Fleet Feet Sports in Menlo Park kicked off a “Power of Running” campaign, celebrating “all that running together, running for good, running to inspire, and running for fun does in the local community.” This weekend that includes the Power of Running For Good, a nine-weekend charitable effort in partnership with Nathan Sports, Superfeet, Balega International, Adidas, New […]

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Menlo School students work on Village Tech Solutions projects this summer

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We stopped by  David and Haydi Sowerine‘s garage in Menlo Park last week to watch various demonstrations by Menlo School students involved with the school’s Connections Beyond the Classroom program this summer. The Sowerines’ founded the non-profit, VillageTech Solutions (VTS), with the purpose of providing safe, clean and affordable technology solutions to rural communities in Nepal and other developing countries. […]

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Beth Martin both fosters and adopts dogs through Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

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Over a year’s time, Menlo Park resident Beth Martin lost four dogs. Twelve or so months later, she started thinking she was ready for a new dog in her life but had a firm opinion about puppies: “They’re a joke. They pee everywhere and eat everything.” Through a friend who had worked on the fundraiser, Haute Dog, […]

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Catching up with Menlo Charity Horse Show founding committee member Nancy Robinson

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Nancy Robinson smiles when people ask her how long she thinks she’ll be involved with horses. “Guess they don’t understand that once you’re hooked it’s a lifetime thing!” she says. Nancy’s “hook” was visiting an uncle’s farm each summer in Missouri. She rode there and later began a show career that lasted until 2007. But […]

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Bay Area Lyme Foundation is staging Lyme Prevention Race on August 2

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Emails Linda Giampa, Executive Director of the Portola Valley-based Bay Area Lyme Foundation: “On Sunday, August 2, we are sponsoring a 5k/10k/Half and a special family-friendly 1k at Huddart Park in Woodside. Enjoy trails, nature and exercise. Many fun activities for all: treasure hunt, music, massage, micro-beers and yummy snacks. And we will have a booth to spread […]

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Jennifer Bryson leads new non-profit, The Zephyr Institute

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We first met Menlo Park newcomer Jennifer Bryson when she was organizing no-host parties to watch the victorious U.S. women’s soccer team. Along the way, we stumbled on the reason the Bay Area native had returned after many years on the East Coast. She’s the Executive Director of a new non-profit, The Zephyr Institute. “Our […]

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