February 2012

The Dalai Lama calls compassion a “global staple” — something we all need. In the Bible, God is described as having the kind of compassion and loving kindness towards humanity in words that suggest “gut feelings.” But what does this compassion look like when we share it with others, and what do we receive when we give of ourselves?

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church invites all those involved or interested in community service to explore those questions in Being the Hands of Jesus: Lenten Conversations, a month long discussion series led by volunteers and staff of local and international nonprofits. Parishioners active with Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto and other  agencies working with the needy in our area will lead the inaugural  session  at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, March 4, while Lesia Preston, Ecumenical Hunger Project’s executive director, will continue that focus with a special presentation at  6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

Upcoming topics include working abroad, working with “the other” and working with the sick and dying. All discussions are 45 minutes long, free and open to the public. For the Wednesday gatherings, an optional simple supper starts at 6:00 pm. ($5 donation requested.) The sessions take place in Lehman Hall, to the right of St. Bede’s parking lot at 2650 Sand Hill Road (off Monte Rosa). For more information, or to reserve a simple supper, call  the parish office at 650-854-6555.

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Meet Malea Bieselin, Hillview School basketball coach and student of the game

Malea Bieselin can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in sports. “When some girls were playing with their Barbie dolls, I was outside shooting hoops with [big brother] Nate and his friends,” she recalls. “As soon as I was old enough to participate in organized sports, I did — first soccer and then later basketball.” […]

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Author Marty Brounstein tells story of Holocaust courage on March 3

Author Marty Brounstein brings to life the true story of how Frans and Mein Winjnakker saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews living in southern Holland during the Holocaust and World War II. Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust is the inspirational tale of this courageous Catholic […]

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M-A boys soccer team in CCS semi-finals on Feb. 29

The Menlo-Atherton High School boys soccer team will face Serra High School in a CCS semi-final game on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The game will be played at Del Mar High School in San Jose at 7:00 pm. Wrote Caleb O’Neel and Gavin Rea in Monday’s M-A Bear News about last weekend’s victory that propelled the […]

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Warning to dog owners about toxic mushrooms

Rick of Menlo Dog Owners alerted us about a spate of local dog deaths due to ingestion of toxic mushrooms that members of the group were discussing via email. Wrote Donnasue Jacobi: “Just a word of caution: The mushrooms have an expansive root system and even if you don’t see heads on top of the […]

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Benefit for Ravenswood Education Foundation at Cheeky Monkey Toys on March 3 & 4

Cheeky Monkey Toys is having an art fundraising event to benefit the Ravenswood Education Foundation on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4. Artist Florence de Bretagne will be showing some of her newest paintings (New Mexico landscapes and abstract paintings) and will also paint with the kids visiting the store. Ms. de Bretagne was […]

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Vivek Wadhwa on living in a “passive” home

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith and Mitchel Slomiak, chair of the city’s Environmental Quality Commission, presented an award to Tavinder and Vivek Wadhwa for exemplary environmental efforts in the educational and sustainable building categories. The couple are pioneers of sorts: They live in the first passive home built in San Mateo […]

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Bill Gomez honored for his volunteer work educating the public about science

Atherton resident Bill Gomez was honored by the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) with the Paul Shin Award, which is presented annually to individuals for their dedication to communicating science to the public. Bill is a docent at Fitzgerald Marine Preserve and Stanford University’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Bill was an executive […]

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Jane Tight uses the enneagram as a tool for professional and personal transformation

In Jane Tight’s view, people can use the enneagram to “unpack themselves, look at what’s there, and learn.” “It’s not just about finding out your type,” she says. “It’s about getting curious about yourself and using the enneagram as a tool for personal transformation.” According to Wikipedia, “The Enneagram of Personality (or simply the Enneagram, […]

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Teen ed program focuses on stranger trust on Feb. 27

The local organization Help One Child is hosting a program, When to Trust a Stranger: A Predator Prevention Education Series for Teens, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 700B Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. Explains the organization: […]

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Listen to the bands at MAPAC on February 27

The Menlo-Atherton High School Music Department is hosting the annual joint concert at the Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center on Monday, Feb/ 27,  featuring the instrumental ensembles of the high school as well as Hillview and La Entrada middle schools. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will last approximately one hour […]

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