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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 and secondary education complexes which include dormitories, cafeterias and sanitation facilities.” It is a 100% volunteer organization.

Peter Midodo, while working as a teacher, began to see the desperate needs of orphans in Kenya. He and his wife, Rachel, while living in two rooms with their own four children, welcomed over 60 children into their home where they taught, fed, and clothed each child. With help from friends like Derek Bevan from Hope for Kenya, they now care for over 320 children in a formal school and dormitory setting. The first of these children will soon be starting University.

 What caught Ina’s attention was the organization’s invitation to visit the school and experience the program firsthand. She and her family decided to sponsor several Kenyan girls’ education through this nonprofit. Through Hope for Kenya, one year later, Ina was able to travel to Kenya to finally meet these girls in person. She spent several weeks at the Joyschool in Ndhiwa teaching art and, most importantly, getting to know the students. When Ina came home, she knew she had to share her incredible experience with her local community.

Join Ina, Derek, and Peter at Café Zoë 0n Friday, May 19, from 6:00-7:00 pm to hear Peter’s poignantly beautiful story of how he and his friends are bringing “hope” to his community in Kenya.

Photo courtesy of Hope for Kenya

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

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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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Live music at Cafe Zoë the next two Saturdays

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Zoë Sharkey, namesake of Cafe Zoë in the Willows, let us know that she’s booked music  the next two Saturday nights, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 at the Cafe. Celtic Harmony will be on hand at 6:30 pm this coming Saturday, playing “playing toe-tapping Celtic, American folk, and original music on fiddle, hammer dulcimer, guitar, and drum.” […]

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Cafe Zoë hosts National Night Out event to support both community and law enforcement

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Cafe Zoë, on the corner of Menalto and Gilbert, has long been a cherished Menlo Park hangout. Indeed, the cafe’s motto is “a place for peace, hope, and community.” For the past four years, along with neighboring businesses, Cafe Zoë has participated in an event known as National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of […]

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