May 2016

Menlo Park dentist by day, boxer by night

Sure, Menlo Park dentist Katherine Brown knows how to fill a cavity, but she can also throw a punch. She admits that a dentist who boxes is a bit of a strange mix. “Guess the only worse hobby would be playing ice hockey,” she acknowledges. Kate, as she is known by friends and family, fell into boxing […]

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Beltramo’s will close doors, property to be sold

As reported by Barbara Woods on Almanac Online today, Beltramo’s, one of the few remaining Menlo Park landmark businesses, will be closing its doors and selling the property, which commenters suggest is worth more than the business itself. The owners are retiring. According to the book about Menlo Park, Beyond the Gate, the first Beltramo’s opened in […]

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Bita Daryabari continues a broad range of philanthropic efforts around the state

We first talked with philanthropist and Atherton resident Bita Daryabari when she opened the Alameda de las Pulgas office of the Pars Equality Center in Menlo Park. PEC is the only non-profit organization that provides comprehensive social, legal and community services to the Iranian-American community. Since then, she’s opened additional offices in San Jose as well as Los […]

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Squeezing out a bit more rain over the past few days in Menlo Park

Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Saturday, I measured more than a trace and less than .1″. I add in .05″ bringing my season-todate total to 20.6″.” Photo of  “Mother’s Day roses” by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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Get a bit of baseball history when “Ty Cobb” returns to the Peninsula

All ages are welcome to watch baseball history come alive at Little House in Menlo Park on May 10 as Norm Coleman performs his iconic one-man show impersonating the legendary baseball star Ty Cobb. Coleman, a Half Moon Bay resident, lovingly and expertly recreates the persona of one of the greatest baseball players of all […]

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Wandering the cobblestone streets of Rome with camera in hand

In April, I was in Rome participating in a street photography workshop led by Valérie Jardin. It was a very special week with a great group of photographers from Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. The week in Rome was my third workshop with Valérie, having first joined her in the fall of 2014 in Paris and […]

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2nd Annual Tuolumne River Film and Culture Fest set for Monday, May 9, at M-A PAC

This year’s Tuolumne River Film and Culture Fest will feature Mark Dubois, a long-time environmentalist who is familiar to many on the Peninsula from his stint as International Coordinator of Earth Day 1990, headquartered in Palo Alto. That year more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in the first international Earth Day celebration. […]

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Menlo School Drama presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Menlo School Drama is presenting the six-time Tony Award-winning musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, on May 6, 7 and 8 and May 12 and 13 at 8:00 pm outdoors in the quad on campus. The community is welcome to attend; tickets – $10 for adults/$5 for students – are available online and at the gate, which opens at 7:00 pm. Lawn […]

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Patrick Reed is contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Menlo Park native Patrick Reed is wrapping up his college career with a bang. Before graduating with honors from American University in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, he took time out to be a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The episode will air tomorrow at 11:30 am on KGO locally (always smart to […]

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Kuk Sool Won™ kick-a-thon on May 7 at Burgess Park

Expect to see more than 100 students from local martial arts academy, Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park in long kick lines on Saturday May 7th at Burgess Park in Menlo Park for their 7th annual Kick-A-Thon fundraiser. “Over the years, this has become a family favorite event,” says Kristin Quintana, owner and chief instructor […]

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Cheeky Monkey honored as Retailer of the Year by toy association

Hearing that Menlo Park’s Cheeky Monkey was recently honored as the Retailer of the Year by the Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association — selected from the 1,000 plus stores in the 13 western states — we stopped in to visit with the toy store’s owners, Anna and Dexter Chow. We were curious: How do you get into the […]

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