Summer 2017

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Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” returns to downtown Menlo Park the weekend of July 21-22Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. Admission is free. There will be an end of day concert featuring Foreverland, a 14-piece tribute band to the music of Michael Jackson, on Saturday, July 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Fremont Park.

Other bands performing include East Bay Mudd, Cisco Kid, Rock Steady SF, Illeagles, The Delta Wires, and The Reikestra on the Facebook Community Music Stage (in Fremont Park) plus street musicians Heartstrings Music,= and Allen Fredrick. The FUNISTA Tropical Beats DJ Tiki Lounge (at El Camino Real) showcases the talents of some of the Bay’s best DJ’s including DJ I-Cue, DJ Luis Medina, DJ Leydis, and DJ Waltdigz.

Festival goers will find thousands of beautiful, handcrafted items by the West Coast’s top artists and craftmakers while browsing among 200 well-stocked booths featuring original work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art.

Festival eateries, food trucks and food booths will be serving up coffee-rubbed beef brisket, pork spareribs, herb-rubbed smoked and grilled chicken, Louisiana hot links, hand-pulled pork, sandwiches and classic BBQ accompaniments including corn muffins, slaws and baked beans; grilled Colby jack cheese sandwiches on thick Texas toast; Teriyaki chicken and veggie chow mein, rice bowls, crispy zucchini, chicken and shrimp paella, handmade chicken tamales and burritos. There will be beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks to wash down the food.

Hopsland, a craft beer tent in Fremont Park, will feature beer from several of the top craft brewers in the world: Stone Vertical Epic 020202, Stone 6th Anniversary Porter, Magnolia Cyprus Brown, Firestone Wookus Black Rye IPA, Speakeasy Old Godfather Barleywine, Four Peaks Peach Ale, Rogue Brutal Bitter, and 10 Barrel Out of Office Pils.

There’s tons of action-packed fun for kids: an ultra-thrilling bungee jump, wild and wacky waterballerz, a rock climbing wall,  dancing party animal puppets, caricature artists, super cool face painting, henna art and glitter tattoos, sand art creative cards, kids clothing, and our big Summer Fun Kiddieland Thrill Ride Zone with an amazing array of the latest, exciting carnival style rides – Super Slide, Tea Cups, Wrecking Ball, Frog Hopper, Wild Raft, Loop-O-Plane, and Astro Liner.

Join in the fun at Fleet Feet Menlo Park’s free, family-friendly Summer Fest 5K Fun Run & Walk starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, July 22, at Fremont Park. There’s a pre-run warm-up and stretching lead by Fleet Feet coaches, and finishers will receive snow cones, refreshments and prizes at the post-run cool down in Fremont Park The 5k course winds through downtown Menlo Park. The fun run is family-friendly and open to all.  Pre-register early to reserve your spot

Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from El Camino Real to Johnson Street for the two-day festival. Parking will be available in the parking plazas adjacent to Santa Cruz Avenue, on side streets surrounding the festival area, and at the Caltrain station on Merrill Street. Downtown Menlo Park offers ample bicycle parking racks spread out along Santa Cruz Avenue and adjoining streets.

Pets are not encouraged at the festival with warm weather and large crowds. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home.

For festival information, call 650-325-2818 or visit the website.

Photo of aerialist at last year’s SummerFest by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Backpacking the Sierras continues as a favorite pursuit, this year marked by water – and mosquitos

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Editor’s note: Jym Clendenin, a long-time Menlo Park resident and occasional contributor to InMenlo, recently spent a week with six others backpacking in the Sierra Nevadas. His report follows, part of our continuing coverage of how people spent their summer vacation. If you had an interesting adventure, let us know: tips[a]inmenlo.com. We started our adventure […]

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It’s a celebration of smart mobility and Menlo Park’s birthday at 11th annual downtown block party

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Vehicles abounded — many of them electric — at last night’s 11th annual downtown block party on Santa Cruz Avenue, sponsored by the City and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. The theme was “Menlo on the Move,” and the emphasis was on “smart mobility.” A side street featured a line of electric cars available for test […]

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Sunflowers brighten up Robin Tobias’s Menlo Park yard

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was at it again, this time photographing sunflowers at the west side of Menlo in Robin Tobias’s yard. (Last month Robb photographed the sunflower forest in Art Scott and Cindy Sumida-Scott’s backyard in the FairOaks neighborhood of Menlo Park.) Robin sent us an email about this year’s garden:  “I planted […]

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5-year-old boy saved from drowning at Burgess pool

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Menlo School students team with VillageTech Solutions to bring affordable technology to Nepal

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For the 6th year in a row, students from Menlo School (plus a few others) worked at Haydi and David Sowerines‘ home this summer on projects for the couple’s non-profit, VillageTech Solutions, which provides safe, clean and affordable technology solutions to rural communities in Nepal and other developing countries. Most of the Menlo volunteers are working on VTS’s […]

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Atherton’s National Night Out to be held at Holbrook-Palmer Park on Aug. 1

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Atherton residents are invited to spend time with the Atherton Police Departments at a National Night Out event from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Holbrook Palmer Park on August 1. The notice read: “Atherton residents are asked to turn on their outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police […]

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Menlo Park waives street closing fees for National Night Out block parties on August 1

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National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors and police officers as a way to encourage crime prevention. It is scheduled for August 1st. This year will be similar to the last five years, where several neighborhoods […]

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Menlo Movie Series kicks on on Thursday, July 27

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Menlo Movie Series features nine weeks of free movies, kicking off the season at the Onetta Harris Community Center Thursday, July 27, at 8:45 pm with Moana. Bring the family, a blanket, chairs and a snack to enjoy this adventure with Moana and her pot-bellied sidekick Pua. On Friday, August 4, movie night moves to Curtis Street […]

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Spotted: Young dancers showing their stuff when Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World play

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At the beginning of the concert tonight at Fremont Park, Freddy Clark said, “I’m Freddy Clark from Menlo Park.” While we couldn’t confirm that Freddy is indeed a local, we did spot a pair of amazing young dancers at the concert tonight at Fremont Park. We think the pair has had dancing lessons but that […]

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Summer of Love Family Festival set for July 22 at Menlo Park Library

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Summer of Love at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, July 22 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Entertainment 11:30 am: MaryLee Sunseri will lead a folk song sing-along for the whole family 1:30 pm: The Puppet Company presents “Puff the Magic Dragon”: a family favorite with a modern […]

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