InMenlo’s most read posts of 2013 – #11-20

by Linda Hubbard on December 31, 2013

Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers during 2013. Results include only posts that went live during the past 12 months. The top 10  list will be published tomorrow.

11. Called early to ordained ministry, The Rev. Elizabeth Riley joins staff at Trinity Church in Menlo Park 

Once an aspiring dancer, Elizabeth Riley (pictured right) shifted gears when she felt the call to ordained ministry.

12. Artist Chrisann Brennan describes her art as “light encoded paintings” 

The woman who bore Steve Job’s first child talks about her career as an artist.

13. Roger Reynolds Nursery and Carriage Stop closes after 97 years in Menlo Park

Locals were caught off guard when this Menlo Park institution unexpectedly shuttered its doors with plants and trees still on its grounds.

14. Caroline Mustards iPad art is changing her life and she’s anxious to pass her knowledge to youth

A birthday present launched Carline Mustard (pictured below) on a new career teaching kids iPad art.

Caroline Mustard

15. Olympic water polo player Brenda Villa brings new aquatic programs to Belle Haven Pool

How many communities can boast that an Olympian oversees its swimming and water polo programs?

16. Priest Hermogen Holste guides Russian Orthodox church in Menlo Park past its 60th anniversary 

We’re guessing that many locals didn’t know that Menlo Park had a Russian Orthodox church, or the fact that the church itself was once located across the tracks at Trinity Church.

17. Remembering downtown Menlo Park “back in the day”

This post jogged the collective memories of  locals who grew up in Menlo Park and Atherton.

image18. President Obama lands at the Circus Club this morning

Hard to imagine that the President has landed at a tonier location, surrounded by multi-million dollar homes in Atherton.

19. With author hat on, James Franco comes to Menlo Park to talk about his California childhood

Almost local — Franco grew up in Palo Alto — the actor drew a crowd when he and his mother appeared at Kepler’s to promote his book, A California Childhood.

20. Atherton resident Bita Daryabari is one backer of Cyrus Cylinder exhibit at Asian Art Museum

This Atherton businesswoman and mom was instrumental in bringing the Cyrus Cylinder to the Bay Area

Photo of the Rev. Elizabeth Riley by Scott R. Kline; Caroline Mustard photographed by Irene Searles; Obama’s arrival photographed by Laura Pitchford


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