January 2014

“Back to Her Roots,” a new collection of oil and acrylic paintings inspired by artist Alice Weil’s passion — the rolling hills and majestic oak trees of the San Francisco Bay Area — is the February featured exhibit at the Portola Art Galley in Menlo Park.

There will be a reception for the artist, who is a Menlo Park resident, at the Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

In this new body of work, Alice has followed her original artistic inspiration back to the rich green grasses that blanket the local hills in spring, slowly turning golden in summer, and finally fading to the palest wheat color in fall.

Her paintings reflect the power and strength of the Bay Area landscape and transport the viewer to a quiet, relaxed place. More examples are available on her website.

The Portola Art Gallery is located in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road.

“Bay Area Springs Hills” (24×30, acrylic, 2014) is one Alice Weil’s featured paintings

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Photographer Scott R. Kline goes annually on a mission trip to Juarez, a time that stays with him heart and mind

“You are going to Juarez? Why? Isn’t it dangerous?” This is a typical response every year when we prepare to head to Ciudad Juarez Mexico to build houses, treat sick people, and work with our sponsored students. I can’t really blame people. One doesn’t hear much positive about Juarez. But it is a great experience […]

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Menlo Park couple starts eye glass company with a shout out to two pioneering businesswomen

What’s Brownie and Madam and what has it to do with eye glasses? We admit the answer is so well described as part of a new eye glass company co-founded by Menlo Park residents Dr. Alpa Shroff and her husband Nik that we aren’t going to retell the story here. (But do recommend you find out!) […]

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“Sports cap bandit” arrested for two Menlo Park bank robberies

A 26-year-old Hayward woman, Jasmin Sahib, was arrested last night for two bank robberies that took place last Fall in Menlo Park. The Menlo Park Police Department worked with the FBI in the investigation after the suspect, known as the “sports cap bandit”, allegedly robbed the Bank of the West in downtown Menlo Park on […]

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Atherton resident Lou Matis celebrates his 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends

Tomorrow — January 30, 2014 — Atherton resident Lou Matis turns 100 years old. As has been the custom, his long-time neighbor Doug Anderson organized a party at Harry’s Hofbrau last night that brought together dozens of Lou’s friends and family. His Model A Club — yes, Lou loves “cranking up my Model A and going for a […]

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Mid-Peninsula junior Stacie Foreman named Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula Youth of the Year

Seventeen-year-old Mid-Peninsula High School junior Stacie Foreman, who aspires to be an orthopedist, was named Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP) Youth of the Year on Monday night at the the McNeill Family Clubhouse in Menlo Park. Two other Menlo Park teens were finalists: 17-year-old Alyssa Taylor, a junior at Mid-Peninsula High School who […]

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How to take great photos – not just snapshots – of your children or grandchildren

Editor’s note: Menlo Park-based photographer Laura Hamilton, a frequent contributor to InMenlo, has specialized in taking children’s and family portraits for the past 10 years. The owner of LuLu Jane Photography, here she shares some of her tips for getting the best results when photographing your children or grandchildren, as well as a few of […]

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Applications open for Menlo Park Grant for the Arts – five organizations to be selected

In an effort to support the Menlo Park artistic community, the City of Menlo Park Community Services Department has launched the 2014-15 Menlo Park Grant for the Arts (MPGA). Five organizations will be selected and awarded $500-$1000 to be used toward subsidizing the rental cost of the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (MAPAC). The grant was created to […]

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SAFER Bay project is topic of League of Women Voters hosted talk in Menlo Park on January 29

The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County is hosting a free presentation open to the public on Wed., Jan 29 at 7:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Len Materman, Executive Director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Power Authority (SFCJPA), will provide an overview of the Strategy to Advance Flood protection Ecosystems […]

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Billie Holiday tribute takes place in Menlo Park on February 1st

Bay Area jazz vocalist Cheryl Bennett-Scales, along with jazz pianist Bennett Roth-Newell, will celebrate Billie Holiday’s contribution to the world of jazz and the songs she made famous on Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. The performance is free, and is sponsored by […]

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Friends of the Menlo Park Library book sale set for 2/1

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will be hosting a used book sale on Saturday, February 1st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is a special sale of overstocked books. Art, biography, cooking, history, literature, math, science and other non fiction categories will be featured. No children’s books will be available. Prices start at […]

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