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We were lucky enough to get a preview this afternoon of Lee’s Bees, a project that two Menlo Park kids — 10-year-old Heather and her 12-year-old brother, Jason — have been working on this summer, under the guidance of their grandmother, Sandy Lee, who lives next door to her grandchildren.

The young bee keepers tend two hives that are located in Sandy’s backyard. Dressed in bee suits, they harvested the honey from the hives earlier this summer. “Then we used a spatula to scrape the honey off the frames,” explained Heather, a student at Upper Laurel School.

On Saturday, they’ll be at Cafe Zoë (1929 Menalto) from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm selling honey as well as an amazing variety of products they’ve made from the honey, including soaps, balms and lotions. Also available is a series of books with bee themes that Heather has written and illustrated.

For his part, Jason, who attends Hillview, has prepared index cards with facts about bees. “One of our goals is to teach everyone who walks by about bees,” said Heather. “Honey bees are members of our community, and we want bees to thrive.”

The brother and sister have also added photos of the hives on a poster that implores people passing by to “save the bees.”

After covering expenses, the siblings plan to use the proceeds from Lee’s Bees to save for college. “I’m trying to teach them entrepreneurship,” added Sandy.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Café Zoë celebrates summer and its 9th anniversary by launching new fundraising drive for Willow Oaks School

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Café Zoë will host its annual summer party on July 14th starting at 5:00 pm and launch its next fundraising effort to raise money for the Willow Oaks School to purchase new art tables for its students. The café has a long-standing friendship with the Willow Oaks School. In past years, the café raised money to purchase extra […]

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Local Menlo Park resident hosts presentation on Hope for Kenya at Café Zoë

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Local Menlo Park resident and Alto International School teacher, Ina Berenger, will host Peter Midodo from Kenya, head of Joyschool, and Derek Bevan, founder of Hope for Kenya for a presentation on their charitable work with Hope for Kenya. According to the founders, Hope for Kenya’s mission is “to construct high quality, self sustaining, primary […]

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Michael Shewmaker examines life through the lens of poetry

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Growing up in a small Texas town, poet and Menlo Park resident Michael Shewmaker recalls that “the quickest way to commit social suicide was to be smart.” So, he pursued athletics — soccer specifically, which he also played in college — while all the while pursuing a more cerebral life on the side. “I’ve had […]

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Music and fundraising for Willow Oaks School at Cafe Zoë on Saturday, Feb. 11

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Emails Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoë : “Saturday evening is something really special. Not only do we have Scott Bell and Scott Thompson returning to play music at 7:00 pm, but before the event we will host a musical ensemble from Willow Oaks school. Get to the cafe at 5:15 pm to watch a […]

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Live music this weekend at Cafe Zoë

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Emails Zoë of Cafe Zoë: “[We have some of] are some of our favorite local musicians playing this weekend. Friday night [1/6] starting 7:00 pm, we have Scott Bell (of the Bell Brothers) and Scott Thompson performing solo and together on covers and some of their originals. This is always a fun night with good friends of […]

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Cafe Zoë hosts Gingerbread House Decorating Competition on Dec. 15

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Cafe Zoë owner Kathleen Daly let us know that the popular local hangout will be hosting is first ever Gingerbread House Decorating Competition on Thursday, Dec. 15th at 5:00 pm. The Rules: – Teams must sign up by Wednesday, December 14 – Sign up sheets are at the cafe, or, email us at cafezoemenlopark@gmail.com – […]

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Donations sought for special holiday celebration for homeless veterans in Menlo Park

Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoe emails: “Year after year, our community has shown the most amazing support for a very heartwarming event for homeless Veterans who are hospitalized over the December holidays. Last year, over 50 reusable shopping bags were packed with brand new slippers, warm jackets, sweatshirts, pants, and toiletries and taken along with […]

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“Friday night lights” at Cafe Zoë on Nov. 18

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In the spirt of community, please join us as the Menlo Park Police officers host a “tailgate party” at Cafe Zoë this Friday night, November 18, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. They will be handing out memorabilia, and the night will include refreshments, popcorn, and more great giveaways! Stop by and say hi!

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Live music at Cafe Zoë on Nov. 10 & 12

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The Mountain & The Moon (pictured) will appear at Cafe Zoë on Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 pm. The duo was formed during the spring of 2015 when bassist Noah Laniakea and banjoist Casey Holmberg met at UCLA. Both musicians shared a love for bluegrass and old-time music, and as they rehearsed and performed together they began to explore […]

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Cafe Zoë hosting “Get Out the Vote” event on Oct. 21

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Cafe Zoë is planning a “Get Out the Vote” event on, Friday, October 21, at 5:30 pm, three days before the California voter registration cut off day, with a focus on Menlo Park and East Palo Alto residents. This event’s purpose is to encourage young people to register and to vote. Those invited include candidates from East Palo Alto and Menlo Park running […]

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