Christmas in Menlo Park

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For our Christmas post, we’re spotlighting a grapevine Christmas tree made by long time Menlo Park resident Marcia Friedly. She explains:

“The grapevine is on my fence in the front yard. It’s a Roger Red vine, and you have to trim it every winter. In the past, I’ve used the cuttings, which are very pliable, to make wreaths.

“Last year, I got the idea of making a tree from the cuttings. It’s at least five feet tall, and we stored it with the lights on. The ribbons that adorn it are also from recycled material, and I also added ornaments.

“This year I made a smaller version for my daughter. Guess you could say that I love arts and crafts — and hate throwing away things than can be used!”

Photo by Irene Searles

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Santa Claus comes calling to west Menlo Park

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A west Menlo Park holiday tradition is a neighborhood party held in conjunction with a tree lighting in Pam and Oscar Salvatierra’s front yard. This year both the Menlo Park Fire Department and Santa Claus came calling. We love the goofiness of Pam and Oscar’s grand kids and the regal poise struck by Mr. Knightly, a Standard […]

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Mark your calendar for Dec. 24, 2014 to see west Menlo’s fabulous luminarias

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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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!      

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

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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 […]

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

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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.) […]

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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. […]

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Wishing you the merriest Christmas!

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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

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Santa and elves distribute gifts to JobTrain kids

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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 […]

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Spotted: Over the top Christmas decorations, take one

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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

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