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Continuing to mark its 40th anniversary, the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) held a “40 for 40” ride coastside today “to celebrate our donors, our accomplishments, and, most importantly, the beauty of the places we protect,” according to spokesperson Marti Tedesco.  “So many in our community are cyclists, we thought it would be great to do an event much like MALT in the North Bay’s ‘Tour de Malt’ and host a big group ride.”

Taking part in the ride were Menlo Park residents Dennis Nugent (far left) and Mike Laine (middle) along with Bart Nelson of Los Altos. “It was an incredibly well-planned event on a great scenic route,” said Dennis. “And we all agreed it was the best food we’ve ever had on a ride — complete with white tablecloths in a barn!”

Participants rode through lands that were protected via POST’s $200 million Saving the Endangered Coast Campaign in 2001, such as  Cloverdale Coastal Ranches, Potrero Nuevo Farm and  many properties along Highway 1 including the Pigeon Point Light House. “[These] provide an amazing backdrop to many who not only cycle, but enjoy the 40+ stoplight-free miles along Highway 1 running from Half Moon Bay down to the Santa Cruz county line,” said Marti.

More than 90 riders took part in the 40-mile loop with another 30+ riders doing the shorter 17-mile loop. Along the way, rest stops at key points highlighted specific POST-protected land. Riders enjoyed a post-ride lunch at Root Down Farm, where the ride began and ended.

“Root Down Farm is run by Dede Bois, our current tenant who rents the farm from POST,” explained Marti.  “She raises organic chickens, pigs, turkeys and crops on the property. It is also the site of a newly renovated barn. Blue House Farm, another farmer on POST-protected land on the coast, also contributed to the lunch.”

Photos by unknown participant (top right), Bart Nelson (Dennis and Mike at barn lunch) and Dennis Nugent (scenery at Pigeon Point Lighthouse rest stop)

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Street Code Academy hosts IM|Possible StreetCode Showcase at Facebook

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Stanford grad Olatunde Sobomehin co-founded StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto in response to a “lack of access to high-tech training for youth and young adults in communities of color, and consequently, a diversity deficit in the technology industry” with the mission of equipping them with “the skills to hack, hustle, and design the future.” What […]

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Playhouses on display at Stanford Shopping Center make “dreams happen” for local non-profit Rebuilding Together Peninsula

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The fabulously-designed and built playhouses that currently dot the Stanford Shopping Center have been a fixture  since 1993 when the shopping center first began hosting the biennial event benefiting Rebuilding Together Peninsula. This year’s auction, Dreams Happen, will take place on June 3. If past winning bids are a guide, the playhouses will fetch anywhere from $13,000 to over $100,000. Thanks […]

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Hillview School’s Relay for Life event raises $65,000 for American Cancer Society

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Over 300 students raised $65,000 for the American Cancer Society as part of the 3rd Annual “Menlo Park Relay for Life – Hillview Edition” on Friday night, May 19. All funds raised go to the American Cancer Society to support research to find a cure for cancer and provide services — everything from wigs to […]

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Local Menlo Park resident hosts presentation on Hope for Kenya at Café Zoë

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Local Menlo Park resident and Alto International School teacher, Ina Berenger, will host Peter Midodo from Kenya, head of Joyschool, and Derek Bevan, founder of Hope for Kenya for a presentation on their charitable work with Hope for Kenya. According to the founders, Hope for Kenya’s mission is “to construct high quality, self sustaining, primary […]

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Open house at Rosener House Adult Day Center on May 20

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Rosener House Adult Day Center is hosting an open house on Saturday May 20, 2017, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Rosener House is celebrating 39 years of care for adults with challenges, including Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, Parkinson’s or post-stroke. The open house will feature classes led by professional staff, informational sessions with […]

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M-A’s buildOn team is raising money to build a school in Haiti

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Three members of Menlo-Atherton High School’s buildOn team — (left to right, Claire Lange-McPherson, Megan McDonnell and Makayla Gage — were selling baked goods near  Draeger’s this morning to raise money for their trip to Haiti this summer where they will help build a school. They are close to their goal of $35,000, and, in fact, […]

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Dine Out to support Peninsula Volunteers’ Meals on Wheels on May 9

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Stay in Menlo Park and dine at these restaurants, who are donating 10% of the proceeds to Peninsula Volunteers’ Meals on Wheel program: Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, Café Zoe, Carpaccios (dinner only), Celia’s Mexican Restaurant, El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant, Flea Street Cafe, Luttickens After 5 (dinner only), Trellis Restaurant. A complete list of participating Peninsula restaurants is available online.

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Volunteers are key to Easter meal at St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

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Through out last week and this morning, volunteers worked tirelessly in preparation for the Easter meal being served at St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park from noon to 2:30 pm today. They procured and sorted the extra supplies needed including the whole frozen turkeys and cooked hams that will be the main course, and […]

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Menlo Spark celebrates second anniversary, Menlo Green Challenge continues

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Diane Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark, reminded us that the non-profit just celebrated its second anniversary and that people who take the Menlo Green Challenge, an online climate action tool to help you find out your carbon footprint and take actions, might win an electric bike or scooter. She emails: “Carpooling and swapping out old […]

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Riekes Center hosts annual scholarship fundraiser

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The Riekes Center will host its 9th Annual Rally for Riekes in Menlo Park on April 29, 2017. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to help individuals of all ages define and accomplish their goals in athletic fitness, nature and creative arts. The Center has served over 100,000 students over the last 43 years. The Rally for Riekes […]

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