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2017 Tour de Menlo

The 2017 edition of the Tour de Menlo is in the books. Participants choose 35-, 45- or 65-mile routes that began and ended at Menlo-Atherton High School. All stopped at the rest stop at the Steven Creek’s Sycamore Grove.

Participant Dennis Nugent, who took these photos, said: “This is my 5th year and it’s always a well-organized and great event.”

Proceeds benefit non-profits supported by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Amanac’s Holiday Fund.

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Three homes in Belle Haven get needed repairs and updating with help of Rebuilding Together and Facebook volunteers

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook teamed up today to rehabilitate three homes in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Two houses on Plumas Avenue and one house on Bieber Avenue got a mix of exterior and interior painting, debris removal, electrical upgrades, accessibility upgrades, landscaping and fence repair, grab bar and handrail installation, bathroom […]

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Active Living Expo at Little House Aug. 21-26

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Little House (800 Middle Avenue) is hosting an Active Living Expo from August 21st to 26th. During that week, classes are available free of charge. Come experience fitness classes, art classes, cultural classes and technology classes. There is also a luau planned for Thursday August 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The complete schedule is […]

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Accomplished equestrian Nancy Hey looks back on her long career and her association with the Menlo Charity Horse Show

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While riding instructor and horse trainer Nancy Hey no longer competes in shows, she’s doing the next best thing — preparing horses and ponies to be at their best for their riders during lessons and in the show ring. Nancy is the founder of Strideaway Farms located down a long and winding road in Menlo Park that most […]

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Catching up with Jean Forstner, Executive Director of Kepler’s Literary Foundation

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By Jean Forstner’s reckoning, she’s “just a do-gooder at heart.” “I’ve worked my entire life building community around ideas. So I’m very intrigued about building community around literary events,” she said of her recent appointment as Executive Director of Kepler’s Literary Foundation (KLF). KLF was created as part of  Kepler’s 2020 Project, whose goal is to […]

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Menlo School students team with VillageTech Solutions to bring affordable technology to Nepal

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For the 6th year in a row, students from Menlo School (plus a few others) worked at Haydi and David Sowerines‘ home this summer on projects for the couple’s non-profit, VillageTech Solutions, which provides safe, clean and affordable technology solutions to rural communities in Nepal and other developing countries. Most of the Menlo volunteers are working on VTS’s […]

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Shay Patel’s Alley-Oop Kids organization holds summer camp in Ravenswood School District

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Menlo Park resident Shay Patel was at it again this summer. Through his Alley-Oop Kids organization (which we covered in 2015 and 2016), he ran an after-school camp for summer school kids in the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto. Shay and his team ran drills, contests and scrimmages for approx 60 kids (all rising 6th […]

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Spotted: Trio at LifeMoves benefit raising funds for homeless vets

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Nonprofit homeless agency LifeMoves, which is based in Menlo Park, hosted a fundraiser on July 18 to support its services for military veterans in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Over 20 percent of the adults LifeMoves serves are military veterans. Pictured (left to right) LifeMoves CEO Bruce Ives, Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), and army veteran […]

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Café Zoë celebrates summer and its 9th anniversary by launching new fundraising drive for Willow Oaks School

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Café Zoë will host its annual summer party on July 14th starting at 5:00 pm and launch its next fundraising effort to raise money for the Willow Oaks School to purchase new art tables for its students. The café has a long-standing friendship with the Willow Oaks School. In past years, the café raised money to purchase extra […]

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Former Assembly member Rich Gordon is named new President & CEO of California Forestry Association

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Effective July 17, former Assembly member and Menlo Park resident Rich Gordon will lead the California Forestry Association (Calforests) as President and CEO. Gordon will work in Sacramento four days a week and telecommute from his Menlo Oaks home one day. “Healthy forests are crucial to the sustainability of our planet. It is an honor […]

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POST continues its 40th anniversary celebration with two coastside rides

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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 […]

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