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The 18th annual pancake breakfast was held Saturday morning at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.

The always well-attended event starts with breakfast. Pancakes get flipped by fire fighters with Boy Scout Troop 222 assisting in the fire-house-turned-dining-room. The event is co-sponsored by Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, Inc., whose members were on hand to sell tickets,  and the Stanford Park Hotel, which donates all the food and set up.

A special treat this year was the display of new firefighting equipment, including  a Heavy Rescue truck (below), a 2018 Pierce Arrow XT. Kids could also climb into the cab of the ladder portion of a hook and ladder truck (right). The new was in contrast to Old Tom and the old original fire station (below, left in photo).

Firefighters performed demonstrations including a jaw of life rescue, and when not climbing on the trucks, kids could enjoy multiple games scattered around the fire house yard.

Top and bottom photo by Frances Freyberg (c) 2018 other two photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Rotary Connects on Oct. 10 features Don Peppers

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The Rotary Club of Menlo Park invites people to join them for a local networking event featuring speaker, Don Peppers. Don, a best-selling business author, is ranked by SatMetrix as the world’s most authoritative expert on customer experience. He will discuss ideas out of his book Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage, including: Why technology […]

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Annual Pancake Breakfast at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters set for Oct. 6

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The Annual Pancake Breakfast, benefitting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, will be held on Saturday, October 6, at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters (300 Middlefield Road). This family-friendly community event is co-sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, Inc. (JLPA•MP), the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and the Stanford Park Hotel. The […]

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Good wine, good food, good vibe at Taste of Woodside

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The Rotary Club of Woodside Portola Valley hosted Taste of Woodside last Sunday evening with proceeds benefiting the Club’s many school, community and international projects. Held on the grounds of the Woodside Village Church, the event featured wine tasting, music by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers (below) and a dinner catered by Chantal. The neighborhood kids proved […]

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Elise Kratzer awarded International Leo of the Year Award from Lions Club International

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Menlo Park’s Elise Kratzer won the prestigious International Leo of the Year Award from Lions Clubs International (LCI), the largest service club organization in the world. The Leo of the Year Award “recognizes a Leo’s outstanding leadership skills; superior record in implementing successful service projects; identifiable contributions to the development and growth of the Leo […]

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Another successful Tour de Menlo in the books

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Another great Tour de Menlo — my fourth — held on Saturday, August 18. Taking off from Menlo-Atherton High School, stops included Crystal Springs, Portola Valley and Stevens Canyon Park on the 65-mile ride I did. Whether riders chose the 65-, 46- or 35 mile ride, they all returned to M-A where there was lunch […]

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Spotted: Leo Club members at their annual summer BBQ for local vets

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On Friday, August 3rd, the Menlo-Atherton High School Leo Club ran their third annual Summer Barbeque for the Veterans in the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) at the Veterans Affairs Center in Menlo Park. They fed 50 veterans as well as some staff members and volunteers. The Leos worked hard throughout the past school year to […]

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Menlo-Atherton’s Head Football Coach kicks off August speakers for Menlo Park Kiwanis Club

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A wide variety of subjects are covered by invited speakers at Menlo Park Kiwanis Club luncheons held at Allied Arts. The public is invited to these lunches held each Tuesday at noon. August 7: Menlo-Atherton’s Head Football Coach Adhir Ravipati (pictured) will talk about the upcoming season as well as share his passion about developing young men […]

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16th annual Tour de Menlo set for August 18

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The Tour de Menlo offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities, along with good weather, great food, and plenty of SAG support for those who need it. Riders have their choice of 65-, 46- and 35-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday, Aug. 18. After taking different routes […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club Awards $50,000 in scholarships to Menlo-Atherton High School seniors

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Ten  Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships at the Kiwanis Club’s annual scholarship luncheon, Tuesday, May 22, at the Allied Arts Guild. For more than 40 years, the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club has provided college scholarships to Menlo-Atherton graduating seniors, based on academic performance. More than $1.1 million has been awarded to local students during the […]

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Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula awards $40,000 in grants to local non-profits

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The Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula awarded $40,000 in grants at their Annual Membership Meeting at the Elks Lodge on May 16th. Community grants are given in response to critical needs to fund new programs, specialized training, capital expenditures and general operating funds. Programs that requested funding were required to align with the League’s […]

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