Summer 2012

Oak Knoll School families enjoy weekend at Kennolyn Camp to raise money for Menlo Park schools

Like most parents with children in public school, Menlo Park residents Pam and Joe Nootbaar were looking for ways to support their childrens’ education in a time of shrinking budgets. Working together with the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF), they found a way to use Pam’s family business to raise $25,000 for local schools.

Pam’s grandparents founded Kennolyn Camps in Soquel, near Santa Cruz, where Pam is now the General Manager. Kennolyn donated a Family Camp weekend that 25 Oak Knoll School families attended, who each donated $1,000.  “This is a great partnership” said Pam.  “Kennolyn has always been about kids and families having fun together in the outdoors. To combine that with fundraising for education is truly a win-win situation.”

The money raised from the Family Camp was part of the recent $3.35 million grant that the MPAEF made to the Menlo Park City School District. The grant will pay for 31 teachers and specialists at Oak Knoll, Laurel, Encinal, and Hillview this school year, in addition to other resources.

During the weekend, the 25 families enjoyed a wide range of camp activities at Kennolyn, including swimming, crafts, horseback riding, archery, ropes course, climbing wall, and volleyball. The weekend also included a campfire with families invited to perform skits and songs.

Oak Knoll School families enjoy weekend at Kennolyn Camp

Kennolyn Camps was founded in 1946 and welcomes campers and staff from around the world to its 300 acre property in Santa Cruz.  “The weekend was not only a way to raise money but it also allowed Oak Knoll families to get to know each other and strengthen the school community,” said Pam.

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Sydney Young interns at Citizens School in a program funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation

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Recent Menlo-Atherton High School graduate, Sydney Young, is interning this summer at Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization that works with middle-school children in low-income communities by expanding their education day. The internship is funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. InMenlo: How did you hear about the program? Sydney: “I was really lucky. I […]

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2012 Connoisseurs’ Marketplace fills up downtown Menlo Park today and Sunday

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We headed downtown to Santa Cruz Avenue this morning to check out the 26th annual Connoisseurs’ Marketplace taking place today and tomorrow, and were struck with how much of a mini county fair the event is — minus the livestock, of course — as well as the loyalty of the artisans who come back year after year. […]

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Menlo Park Connoisseurs’ Marketplace is July 21-22

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The 26th annual Menlo Park Connoisseurs’ Marketplace takes place downtown on Santa Cruz Avenue on July 21 and 22. Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, admission is free. Featured this year: Live music: An eclectic, fun-filled mix of classic rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz, dance and party music on stage […]

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M-A Grizzlies hosts outdoor movie night on July 17

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The M-A Grizzlies lacrosse team is screening the movie Crooked Arrows outdoor at Las Lomitas School on Tuesday, July 17, at 8:15 pm. The movie is free for Summer Ball participants, $5 for family members and $7.50 for friends and neighbors. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. There will be a taco truck and […]

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Michele Daschbach Fast remembered in open water swim organized by family members

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On a fateful day in October 2011, Rooney Daschbach got a frantic call from his mom, Atherton resident Leonore Daschbach. She asked him to drive a mile north from his Southern California home in Sunset Beach to Seal Beach where a shooting had taken place at a local hair salon. Leonore told him that his youngest […]

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Little House debuts camps for children this summer

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The sounds emanating from one of the craft rooms at the Peninsula Volunters‘ Little House on Monday morning were high-pitched giggles and staccato chatter. They were coming not from the usual group of people associated with the long-time Menlo Park senior center but instead from children age 9-12, who are participating in the second of […]

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Children’s triathlon is held at Burgess Park in Menlo Park

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The first of what organizers hope will become an annual summer event — a children’s triathlon for ages 6 through 14 — was held this morning at Burgess Park in Menlo Park. About 300 young athletes took part. “Katrina Whitaker, Community Services Manager with the City of Menlo Park, suggested a collaboration with Menlo Swim and […]

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Spotted: Early birds waiting for fireworks to begin

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Savvy Menlo Park and Atherton residents know that the best place to watch fireworks from afar is the top of Valparaiso Ave. (especially since Stanford’s Big Dish area is locked in the evening). Robin Tobias snapped this shot of folks who had staked out an early claim.

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Kids and Families enjoy Menlo Park’s Annual 4th of July Parade!

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This morning’s 4th of July celebration began in Menlo Park with the annual kids parade down Santa Cruz Avenue, across El Camino to Burgess park where the celebration continues this afternoon. Here are some photos of today’s event! Photos by Scott Loftesness

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Parade & activities planned for Menlo Park July 4th

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Menlo Park’s 4th of July parade begins at 11:45am at the Wells Fargo bank parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut St. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in red, white, and blue and to decorate their bike or wagon. The fun continues from noon to 2:30 pm at Burgess Park, where the parade […]

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