Christmas in Menlo Park

Post image for Mark your calendar for Dec. 24, 2014 to see west Menlo’s fabulous luminarias Driving west on Santa Cruz Avenue on Christmas Eve, we came upon a dazzling sight. Three streets between SCA and Valparaiso - Cotton, Hobart and Hillview - were lined with hundreds of luminaries. It took us awhile to get the facts behind the display (hence this delayed post). This is the second year the luminaries have have lined Hillview and Cotton, with Hobart joining its sister streets this year. Menlo Park resident Jim Schott coordinated with volunteers on each street -  Debbie Hall on Hillview, Grace and John Dumalac on Hobart, and Ward Bullard on Cotton. Emails Jim: "Unfortunately my family made plans to fly east and missed out.  We were visiting family in Cranford, NJ and were able to help set up candles with my brother and his neighbors for Christmas Eve (bottom photo). Both coasts set up 1000 bags and candles for 100 homes!" Bottom photo by Neil Schott luminairies in the East

{ Be the first to comment }

Spotted: Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are totally edible cakes!

Thumbnail image for Spotted: Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are totally edible cakes!

Beth Ann Goldberg and the folks at Studio Cake in Menlo Park have done it again. This year’s “can-this-really-be-a-cake?” were none other than Mr. and Mrs Santa Claus. We’re lucky enough to eat Christmas dinner at this Peninsula household each year. Here are links to past cakes: 2012 (mice and yarn), 2011 (reindeer pulling sleigh), 2010 […]

Click to read more →

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Thumbnail image for Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

InMenlo co-founder and photographer Scott Loftesness took a stroll down Santa Cruz Avenue a few days ago with the thought of chronicling Menlo Park street scenes in preparation for Christmas. It’s our card to you – wishing you a happy holiday!      

Click to read more →

Christmas night concert featuring Margaret Gordon at Christian Science church in Menlo Park

Thumbnail image for Christmas night concert featuring Margaret Gordon at Christian Science church in Menlo Park

On Christmas night, a free Christmas concert will be held at the Christian Science church in Menlo Park, at 201 Ravenswood Avenue, from 7:00 to7:30 p.m., followed by the regular Wednesday evening service. Soprano Margaret Gordon will perform Christmas selections, and the congregation will sing carols.  The topic for the one-hour service following the concert […]

Click to read more →

Spotted: Katie Behroozi bringing home the family Christmas tree – by bicycle!

Thumbnail image for Spotted: Katie Behroozi bringing home the family Christmas tree – by bicycle!

A photo on Facebook caught our eye. It showed Menlo Park resident Katie Behroozi cycling with a Christmas tree in the bike’s trailer. We asked her to fill in the blanks, and she replied via email: “We’ve done this twice now. I love getting a tree from a local farm (fresher, supporting local economy, etc.) […]

Click to read more →

Tips for a greener Menlo Park holiday season

There are ways to reduce air and water pollution without cutting back on the holiday spirit. Here are some tips from the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (SMCWPPP). Use reusable ornaments or natural items to decorate your Holiday Trees.  A few ideas are popcorn and pine cones. Try to avoid flock and tinsel. […]

Click to read more →

Wishing you the merriest Christmas!

Thumbnail image for Wishing you the merriest Christmas!

Season’s greetings from Santa and every one at InMenlo! We hope your holiday is filled with peace, love and joy. Photo by Laura Hamilton

Click to read more →

Santa and elves distribute gifts to JobTrain kids

Thumbnail image for Santa and elves distribute gifts to JobTrain kids

Santa and his helpers paid an early visit to JobTrain yesterday (12/20) to distribute hundreds of toys and gifts to needy kids whose parents are pursuing vocational training at at the nonprofit organization. In addition to a visit with Santa, kids could get their faces painted, decorate gingerbread cookies, and listen to seasonal stories. The […]

Click to read more →

Spotted: Over the top Christmas decorations, take one

Thumbnail image for Spotted: Over the top Christmas decorations, take one

Photographer Laura Hamilton spotted this Willows home with a front yard stuffed with Christmas inflatables. “Look at the roof,” she emailed. “There are seven blow up things up there!” Is there an “over the top” holiday yard in your neighborhood? Send photo and details to tips@inmenlo.com. Photos by Laura Hamilton

Click to read more →

Merry Christmas to all!

Thumbnail image for Merry Christmas to all!

The Christmas pageant  – as performed by Sunday school children -  is a staple of churches throughout the country – and also here in Menlo Park. It was important for this group of angels to “be heard on high” – hence the outstretched hands. They had gathered around Mary and Joseph with a real baby […]

Click to read more →

St. Patrick’s Seminary starts Menlo’s Christmas festivities

Thumbnail image for St. Patrick’s Seminary starts Menlo’s Christmas festivities

Most of the people gathered for the St. Patrick’s Seminary tree lighting ceremony this evening appeared to be in the “family and friends” category. Those Menlo and Atherton residents who took a pass on festivities so close to the jam-packed Thanksgiving holiday weekend missed an authentic Christmas treat. The temperatures were appropriately chilly for a […]

Click to read more →