New name – LifeMoves – but same mission for InnVision Shelter Network

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As of today, InnVision Shelter Network has a new name — LifeMoves. But the mission of the nonprofit organization stays the same, according to CEO Bruce Ives. The name change, Bruce says, is the culmination of a yearlong planning and development process funded by a private grant that began before his arrival last Spring. When the two […]

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Photographer John Todd is comfortable on the sports field – and the outdoors

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John Todd (pictured, right) is a photographer who refuses to get pigeon- holed, being passionate about both landscape and sports photography. An exhibit of his work, currently on view at Freewheel Brewing Company in Marsh Manor, is testament to that fact. All available for purchase, they are, says John, “some of my favorite images from over the years. […]

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Best-selling author Barry Eisler talks about his new book, The God’s Eye View, at Kepler’s on Feb. 2

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Menlo Park-based best-selling author Barry Eisler’s 11th book is about to be published, and it doesn’t feature either John Rain or Ben Treven, his two well-known characters. Instead, The God’s Eye View introduces readers to Evelyn Gallager, who works for the NSA and learns that the agency’s director is intent on “capturing every phone call, email, and […]

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Vocalist and performer Lucas Loaiza inspired the launch of two popular glee clubs at Menlo School

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With more than decade of singing experience, Menlo School senior Lucas Loaiza was motivated by a friend to launch The Menlodies (Men of Menlo + Melodies) men’s a cappella group. Striving for an elite level of quality, he invited 10 singers and a beatboxer to comprise the inaugural ensemble. “We’ve already had a ton of […]

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Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman plans one last large film screening

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Emailed Menlo Park-based filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman: “After 40 years of filmmaking, I am hosting what will probably be my last large film screening on January 31 in Palo Alto.  The event – MEETING CHALLENGES – celebrates the accomplishments of people who surpass expectations.” The event, co-hosted by Abilities United, will include a premiere, plus three […]

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It’s all about girl power when iSing takes the stage at M-A Performing Arts Center

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Showcasing the voices of 250 girl singers, iSing Silicon Valley is putting on a benefit concert at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on January 23. The program will feature an evening of jazz with singer and bassist, Kate Davis. “Jazz was born here in America and has given rise to incredible female talent: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, […]

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Eight new probationary Menlo Park firefighters after testing and training

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Eight new probationary Menlo Park firefighters recently his the streets. This follows application review; acceptance after a successful pre-qualification resume review; physical aptitude and condition testing; written exams; interview panels; polygraph, background and medical screening; and a 14- week Joint County Fire Academy followed by a four-week Menlo Park Fire District orientation. But it isn’t over yet, these probationary […]

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No more misting, that’s real rainfall overnight

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Those of you who are sound sleepers and who slept in today due to the holiday, may be surprised at the overnight total rainfall, given the sunny skies this morning.  InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ reports 1.2″, putting his season-to-date to 10.35″. Yesterday’s rain came right on schedule at around dinner time and didn’t really let up […]

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Menlo Park native Taylor Eigsti set to perform with Peninsula Symphony

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Jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, who grew up in Menlo Park, returns to the Bay Area for two performances with the Peninsula Symphony. He’ll perform great classics by Brubeck and Gershwin, his own latest jazz composition and a special tribute to the 49ers (die hard fan that he is!). On Friday, January 29, he’ll be at […]

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Woodworker Mike Laine crafts Japanese tea houses among other structures

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While Mike Laine was introduced to woodworking early in life — the house he grew up in had a shop with all sorts of hand tools passed down by his grandfather — the thought that he would pursue the craft as a profession did not enter his mind. “I grew up with the expectation that I’d work in […]

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Community survey results show Menlo Park rates highly for quality of life, despite traffic concerns

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The City of Menlo Park recently commissioned a community survey to provide a report card on City services and to help focus City resources in alignment with community priorities. Menlo Park contracted with Godbe Research to conduct a custom survey specific to Menlo Park issues as opposed to a generic survey tool used by many […]

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