June 2011

My Style: Kelly Fergusson, hat fancier

Willows resident Kelly Fergusson is serving her second term on the Menlo Park City Council, having also served as Mayor in 2007. In addition to her public service work on the Council, she sits on a number of regional boards, including the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Wherever she goes, she’s attired with […]

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Kids, dogs, and music take center stage at downtown Menlo Park block party

The weather Gods were shining on tonight’s downtown Menlo Park block party. Yesterday’s sweltering heat was replaced by balmy temps, just perfect for strolling up and down Santa Cruz Avenue to sample, taste, listen and learn from the assortment of local merchants and non-profits that lined the street. This year’s downtown party promised a Bark […]

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Brian Flegel talks about what’s new at tonight’s downtown Menlo Park Block Party

It was five years ago that City Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson and Brian Flegel, a third-generation member of the family that owns Flegel’s furniture store, came up with the concept of closing Santa Cruz Avenue to traffic and hosting a family-friendly, summer block party. “In 2007, the theme was going green,” said Brian, who is chairing […]

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It’s 92 in the shade in Menlo Park this hot Tuesday afternoon

It’s 92 in the shade in Menlo Park this hot Tuesday afternoon

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Spotted: Little dog, big truck

Earlier today a trucker from Desmond, Iowa parked his mammoth eight-wheeler in front of Oak Knoll School. He was there, he said, to make a delivery of benches to the school. But that’s not what really caught our eye. Rather it was the sight a small poodle dog sitting in the big king cab. When […]

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Meet the members of local rock band Loose Gravel

Wander to the El Camino end of the Menlo Park Block Party Wednesday (6/22) evening, and you’ll hear the sounds of local musicians Laurie Knox, Don Gentile, and Jeff Mueller. Together they’re Loose Gravel, a band formed in 2009 with the idea of exploring new directions in pop and rock cover songs. “We have a […]

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Blue Rock summer concert featuring Luce is June 25

The first Blue Rock House Summer Concert, which will feature the band Luce, is taking place on Saturday, June 25 in Menlo Park.  Attendees will get a free demo CD of some of the band’s new tunes. Emailed organizer Gwen Fuller: “Luce has performed at some of the most popular venues in the Bay Area […]

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Pitcher and home run hitter playing for Left Bank Little League team during city championship

Editor’s note: We got this update/perspective on last Friday’s city Little League championship from Brian Rodrigues, coach of Left Bank: “In the Majors game between M-A and Alpine, Alpine jumped out to a quick lead behind some big hitting at the top of their batting order. Left Bank battled back, with the help of a […]

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Poet Lynore Banchoff uses words to visualize the world

Pictured on the back of her book of poetry, Past Tense and Parts of Speech on Beech Street, are poems written on lined paper completed by Lynore Banchoff when she was growing up in South Pasadena. “They are silly little poems,” she says, “but it shows my early interest.” It was South Pasadena, a bedroom […]

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Wild Things come to Menlo Park Library on June 21

Part of the summer reading program for kids, Wild Things Inc. is coming to the Menlo Park Library on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 pm. The organization will be sharing wild animals from around the world and teaching about the diversity of life on earth. The program is outside on the library lawn, so bring […]

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Colorful chairs all ready for dad’s day BBQ

A sure sign that summer has finally arrived, these colorful chairs where spotted outside Menlo Hardware on Santa Cruz Avenue, a cheery sight when the sun is is shining brightly! Photo by Scott Loftesness

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