Nonprofit organizations

Hillview School sixth graders get a lesson in creating Magical Bridge playground

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Sixth grade art students at Hillview Middle School received a special lesson from Jay Gluckman of the Magical Bridge Foundation as part of a playground design unit with their teacher Anna Kogan. Jay talked to the students about the differing abilities of children for whom Magical Bridge playgrounds are designed, what surface types are used, […]

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SafeSpace teens create videos to help break silence about mental health problems

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Members of the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board created, wrote, directed and produced a collection of videos entitled, “SafeSpace New Conversations.”  with the intent of challenging current media portrayals of mental illness as a hopeless condition and ask the question, “What would happen if we told the truth about our lives?” The videos will be offered […]

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Current exhibit at Cafe Zoë features artwork by ARTogether workshop participants

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Through at least the first week of October, Cafe Zoë is hosting a special exhibition displaying works of art from ARTogether workshop participants and photos from the workshops themselves. We stopped by yesterday afternoon to visit with Menlo Park residents Alexandra Pettet (second from left) and her husband, Hossein Namazi (right), who serve on the […]

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A week of Global Climate Action Summit events – and how Menlo Park can make climate goals a reality here

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Last week thousands of people who care about climate progress converged at events around the Bay Area for the Global Climate Action Summit. We at Menlo Spark were fortunate to have Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and internationally recognized leader on human rights, come to Kepler’s Books on September 13 to talk about how […]

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Annual Peninsula Firefighters Relay to benefit burn survivors stops in Menlo Park

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Menlo Park fire station #1 was one of the 15 fire station visited today by a parade of fire truck and engines to raise awareness for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF). The mission of the Foundation  is to significantly reduce the number of burn injuries through prevention education and to enhance the quality […]

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Get ready to be covered in color at the 6th annual Valpo Fun Run

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The community is invited to the 6th Annual Valpo 5K Fun and Color Run to benefit Peninsula Bridge. Walk, run, get covered in color and build community for a great cause. It’s scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7,  at 9:00 am, taking off from Menlo School. Register before prices go up! Photos for last year’s rub by […]

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Spotted: Irene Searles participating in three-day walk to support Alzheimer’s research

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Menlo Park resident — and InMenlo contributing photographer — Irene Searles (left) is spending the weekend walking 49 miles with her boot camp friends at a fundraiser in San Francisco for The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. Yesterday’s leg just happened to be her birthday She’s shown here pausing with Betsy Beasley. You can cheer her on virtually — […]

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2018 Golden Acorn Awards spotlight achievement by Menlo Park organizations and people

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On September 20th, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will present the Golden Acorn Awards in recognition of leadership throughout the Menlo Park community. The awards, now in their 42nd year, celebrate achievement through innovation, professionalism and contributions by organizations, individuals and volunteers. The keynote speaker will be Rich Gordon, current President/CEO of the California […]

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New blooms from the seeds of now defunct Random Act of Flowers

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InMenlo covered the local branch of Random Act of Flowers before it was forced to shut down due to high rent last March. Carrying on that non-profit’s work of recycling and repurposing flowers from events — weddings, funerals, fundraisers — as well as from retail outlets where the flowers have reached their shelf life, are three offshoots: Flowers of Comfort, […]

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Little House hosts Active Living Expo week of August 20

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Peninsula Volunteers is hosting a weeklong event from August 20-25 at Little House on Middle Avenue in Menlo Park filled with raffles, lunches, community resources, mini chair massages, tech tutoring and more! Try any new classes for free! Complete schedule is online.

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Spotted: Good fun at National Night Out event at Willow Oaks in Menlo Park

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Aimee Bolter Campbell of Dala’s Nest fame was one of the organizers of the Willow Oaks National Night out gathering in Menlo Park on Tuesday evening. She reports: “We had about 100 people milling around over the two-hour period. The Babiarz-Scott band provided bluegrass music for everyone. “Menlo Park Police Department K-9 unit, community service, […]

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