While her M-A classmates head towards finals and then winter break, M-A  junior Claire Beebe (pictured center) is enjoying a Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki.

Emails Claire: “Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki describes its program as ‘life-changing learning in nature.’ After doing a lot of research, I loved the idea of learning in the outdoors and focusing on the environment, a subject in which I am really interested. After applying, I spoke with a student who recently attended the program, and my thoughts about the close-knit community and great learning experience became solidified.

“I knew that I would become close with all of my peers at Chewonki, but I am surprised how supportive everyone has been, and how quickly they became my family and we created a support system to help each other. I’m also surprised at how powerful it is to learn and care more about our environment by being more actively involved in the work and care for the animals, plants, and systems that sustain us.”

The Beebe family is holding an information session about the program this Friday, Dec. 6 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm; address is 2142 Oakley, Menlo Park. Please RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 5 to [email protected]

Photo courtesy of Beebe family

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Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary holds annual Christmas Market on Dec. 7

The Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary’s Christmas Market takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You’ll find handcrafted goods from a variety of local vendors and artists and an auction of decorated and themed Christmas trees. Carolers will be singing from 12:30 to 1:30; kids will have a chance to visit […]

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Local non-profits that you can support on Giving Tuesday

Entering its eighth year, GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, kicking off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year it is on December 3. Below is a list of local, 501(c)3 non-profits in InMenlo’s coverage area, many of which we’ve profiled in the past. We’ve tried […]

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Meet Florence – Menlowe Ballet’s company canine

We stop by the Menlowe Ballet company studio a couple of times of year, but it was only this past November that we noticed a furry company companion nestled in a dog bed. We were soon introduced to Florence, Associate Artistic Director Sarah-Jane Measor’s dog. Here’s her story: “She was a rescue dog from Tony […]

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Barrel tasting at Woodside Vineyards is great antidote to holiday bustle

The hustle and bustle of the holidays disappear when you enter the barrel room at Woodside Vineyards in Menlo Park, currently all decked out with multi-colored lights. Inside you’re treated to not only tastes from barrels of Woodside Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Kings Mountain Cabernet,  but the history of the winery, ably told by winemaker […]

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Support local merchants and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving,  may get all the publicity, but there’s also Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019! Local businesses are the cornerstone of a strong community. Menlo Park supports Small Business Saturday, a national campaign to celebrate local entrepreneurs, where you can find that special gift at a downtown shop (think […]

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How that turkey you’re eating got its name

Today, many American families will gather around the lunch or (and?) dinner table, feasting on a Thanksgiving meal centered on turkey. It’s a celebration of many things, but historically, stems back to 1621, when European settlers (“Pilgrims,” as any American elementary school children will surely tell you) marked the harvest by having a similar meal. […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Christmas tree lot opens on November 29

Menlo Park Kiwanis Club opens its annual Christmas tree lot on Friday, November 29, the day after Thanksgiving. It will be closed on Saturday, November 30, to accommodate parking and traffic for the Stanford-Notre Dame football game, but it will open again on Sunday, December 1. Once again beautiful Noble Fir trees will be delivered […]

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Viewpoint: The abundance of shopping complications

Editor’s note: InMenlo welcomes a new contributor, Harvey Radin, who will be offering commentaries about life — from his viewpoint. All we wanted was a duvet. Who knew they come in so many different makes and models? There are humidity-fighting duvets, alternative duvets, duvets that keep you warm, duvets that keep you cool. It’s complicated, […]

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Menlo Park resident Angie Holman is new Executive Director at All Students Matter

Menlo Park resident Angie Holman is the new Executive Director of All Students Matter, a nonprofit devoted to working with teachers in the Ravenswood City School District to support the success of underserved students in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. Angie is a four-year member of ASM’s leadership team and a longtime volunteer […]

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Capturing the beauty of Menlo Park in the fall

InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg was out and about in Menlo Park and captured these lovely images of the fall trees at and surrounding the Allied Arts Guild. Photos by Frances Freyberg (c) 2019

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