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“A place for peace, hope & community.” Not the motto you’d expect from your average Silicon Valley coffee shop, but Café Zoë and its owner Kathleen Daly are anything but average.

Opened in 2008 in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, Café Zoë offers all the perks of your favorite coffee shop —locally roasted coffee and espresso, homemade pastries, salads, and sandwiches, and a friendly and welcoming staff. But what makes Café Zoë unique is Kathleen’s dedication to fostering community and supporting those in need.

Kathleen with ZoeKathleen and her daughter Zoë (pictured right), for whom the café is named, are now bringing their vision of peace, hope and community to downtown Redwood City. On September 19, 2014, Café Zoë will celebrate the opening of their second location (2074 Broadway Street) with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Community members are encouraged to join.

In yet another example of the Café’s dedication to their local community, that evening Café Zoë will host an anniversary celebration and fundraiser for local nonprofit Young Minds Advocacy Project.

Young Minds Advocacy Project is a non-profit founded by long-time Menlo Park resident and public interest attorney Patrick Gardner (pictured above with his daughter and YMAP colleague Annabell). The organization works to improve the lives and strengthen the voices of low-income young people living with mental illness. For the last two years, Young Minds has increased access to mental health services and supports for California’s most vulnerable youth and their families.

The evening event celebrates Young Minds Advocacy Project’s two-year anniversary with food and drinks donated by Café Zoë, live music, a raffle, and a silent auction. The silent auction will feature items donated by local businesses that the whole family can enjoy. Items include tickets to the Chabot Space & Science Center, Legion of Honor museum, the Exploratorium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Art Museum, California Academy of Science and more.

The event will be open to the public from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Tickets are available online at ymap2years.eventbrite.com and will also be sold at the door for a suggested donation of $50. All donations are tax deductible.

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6th annual Ride & Yoga for Ravenswood scheduled for Oct. 5

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The 6th annual Ride & Yoga for Ravenswood will be held Sunday, October 5th. Proceeds support Ravenswood Family Health Center services such as prenatal and postpartum mental health care for low-income moms as well as baby essentials such as car seats. Atherton resident Julie Brody (pictured left), founder of the event has been involved with Ravenswood for the past […]

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Trinity Church members pedal bike ambulance on Peninsula to raise awareness about GAIA

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Trinity Church members Steve Andrew (center), Kathy Engelmann (right) and Katie Behroozi could be spotted around the mid-Peninsula today as they took turns pedaling a GAIA bike ambulance, a replica of similar bikes used every day in rural Africa to transport critically ill patients across dirt roads to the nearest clinic or hospital. Their goal was to […]

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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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5th grader Shay Patel is raising money to fund basketball equipment for low-income kids

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When Menlo Park resident Shay Patel starts back to school today, he’s hoping that it will be an occasion to celebrate. About a month ago, the 5th grader at Phillips Brooks started a crowdfunding campaign to bring athletic equipment to 60 low-income kids involved in after school basketball at the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. With […]

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Local cyclists participate in 2014 Tour De Menlo

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The ninth Tour de Menlo was held today, starting and ending at Menlo-Atherton High School where riders enjoyed a catered lunch from Lutticken’s. Cyclists had their choice of 35-, 45- or 65-mile routes. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Almanac, organizers said ridership hit a new high this year, with 525 participants. […]

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ESL conversation group meets every Wednesday at Menlo Park Library

Project Read-Menlo Park has started an ESL Conversation Club. It meets every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library. The purpose is to give English language leanrs an opportunity to practice their skills in English with other learners aided volunteer facilitators. For more information, contact Elibet Jimenez at 650-330-2525 […]

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2014 Tour de Menlo is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23

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This year’s Tour de Menlo, which offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities, along with good weather, great food, and plenty of SAG support, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23. Riders have their choice of 65-, 45- and 35-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School.  After taking different routes from the […]

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Plans take shape for Aug. 9-10 Relay for Life at Burgess Park in Menlo Park

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The theme for this year’s Relay for Life in Menlo Park is Carnival for a Cure. It takes place from Saturday, August 9 to Sunday, August 10 at Burgess Park over a 24-hour period. Because cancer never sleeps, teams strive to have a member on the course every minute of the event. Emails organizer/participant Betty Meissner: “The illuminated pathway of luminaria from 9:00 […]

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44th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show is scheduled for Aug. 5-10 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton

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The 44th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show benefiting Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be held August 5 to 10 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Attracting 450 exhibitors, the six-day event features non-stop Hunter and Jumper competitions  in three arenas. Spectators can take a break from watching the equestrian action and enjoy shopping […]

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Regis Philbin to deliver keynote at InnVision Shelter Network’s Fall Benefit Breakfast

InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN), a provider of housing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley, will host its annual Benefit Breakfast on Thursday, October 9th from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame. This year’s event program will include a keynote address by […]

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