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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) invites amateur and professional photographers alike to enter its eighth annual digital photo contest. The contest gives participants an opportunity to explore the outdoors while capturing the natural beauty of Midpen’s open spaces.

Eligible contestants can visit openspace.org/contest to submit photographs in one or all of four categories: Wildlife, Plant life, Landscapes, and People in Nature. There is no entry fee and submissions are limited to three per entrant, per category. Previous winners and staff are not eligible to enter. Entries must be in digital format and must be submitted electronically. The contest opens on March 1 and ends Wednesday, May 31, at Noon PST.

All photos must be taken in a Midpen preserve that is open to the public. Finalists’ photos from previous years, as well as full details about the contest can be found at www.openspace.org/contest.

One first-place winner will be chosen from each category will receive a $100 REI gift card, a Midpen gift bag, and featured in the Open Space Views Fall Newsletter. The overall Grand-Prize winner from the four category winners, will also win a ride-along with a Ranger for a behind-the-scenes look at the preserves!

Photo by Kevin Neilson, People Winner of 2016 contest

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Victorian Walking Days at Wunderlich Park on Aug. 6

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Take a step back in time this Saturday, Aug. 6, at 1:00 pm and enjoy a docent-led tour  of the Folger Estate Historic District and Carriage Room Museum, part of Victorian Walking Days being held at Wunderlich Park. Kids will enjoy leather stamping and a scavenger hunt. Wunderlich Park also has miles of trails to explore. If you aren’t […]

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May 7 is Kite Day in Menlo Park

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Bedwell-Bayfront Park, the best place to fly a kite in Menlo Park, will be the site of Kite Day from noon to 3:00 pm on May 7, featuring music, bounce houses, and a hot dog lunch. If the wind is just right, you might see the return of “Mega Fish,” a 46′ giant kite. Volunteers […]

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Spotted: Interesting dog walking sign at Holbrook Palmer Park

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Menlo Park resident Jennifer Morrissey started a dog walking business, Canine Concierge, earlier this year. She was amused to spot this sign during a recent dog walk at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton. Her question: What is the definition of “competent”?! Photo by Jennifer Morrissey

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Happy egg hunting at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton

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Emails Diane McGrath, a member of the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park about yesterday’s festivities at the Park: “With wonderful weather and hundreds of children and adults attending, the Easter Egg Hunt was a great success. After the kids had their fill of Easter Egg treats, they visited with the Easter Bunny, enjoyed a magic show […]

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Smiling faces abound at Holbrook-Palmer Park holiday tea on Sunday

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The Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park held their annual Holiday Tea yesterday. According to Friend Diane McGrath, the “event was a resounding success.” She emails: “This year children enjoyed a visit with Santa Claus, an enchanting holiday themed marionettes show, and holiday craft activities. “As always, children and their parents enjoyed delicious holiday treats, tea sandwiches […]

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Meeting on Nealon Park Dog Park scheduled for November 10th

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There will be a Nealon Park Dog Park Renovation Community Input Meeting on November 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place in the Cypress Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Emails City Council member Ray Mueller: “My understanding is that city professional staff has put together a proposal for Nealon Park to receive […]

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Downtown Menlo Park’s pop up park becomes fitness magnet

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Wondering how the grassed block of space in downtown Menlo Park on Chestnut Street is being enjoyed? Well, we spotted a Fleet Feet half-marathon training group doing yoga after a five- mile run on Tuesday night. The Yoga instruction was led by FORTHFIT, a new kind of personal fitness experience company. It was wonderful to have […]

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New trail linking Belle Haven neighborhood to Ravenswood Open Space Preserve is funded

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The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors awarded Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) a $1,000,000 Measure A grant to design, engineer, obtain permits, and build a critical 0.6-mile section of the San Francisco Bay Trail in the next two years. The trail will provide residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park  and East Palo […]

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Community invited to review Flood Park design ideas

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San Mateo County Parks will host a community meeting to show three alternatives for a redesigned Flood Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Fair Oaks Community Center (2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City). At the meeting, participants will be asked to indicate which design alternatives resonates with them or which […]

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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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