May 2017

Mindfulness training comes to Oak Knoll classroom thanks to Julie Brody

Leave it to community-minded Julie Brody to come up with a new program that benefits kids — teaching mindfulness at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park. In simple terms, mindfulness means being present in the moment. Julie, a former nurse, was introduced to mindfulness 15 or so years ago when she read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. That […]

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Mayors from Menlo Park’s Sister City, Galway City, pay a visit and lunch at British Banker’s Club

Councillor Noel Larkin (seated center in photo), Mayor of the  Galway City Council, and Councillor Michael Connolly, Mayor of the Galway County Council, visited Menlo Park today. The two cities are Sister Cities, a relationship that began in October 2013 when [then] Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki and Galway Mayor Padraig Conneely signed a friendship agreement at Menlo […]

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San Mateo Bike Bridge proves to be a busy spot on Bike to Work Day in Menlo Park

Folks biking to work by crossing San Francisquito Creek via the bike bridge in Menlo Park were greeted this morning by volunteers staffing an Energizer station, one that’s been in that location every year of the annual event celebrating pedal power. It’s a popular spot noted for smiling volunteers who hand out bananas and  treat bags. The woman pictured […]

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Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula hosts historic Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse tours

The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) is opening up the historic Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse to the public for tours on Saturday, May 13. The Gatehouse is the oldest existing structure in Menlo Park and the last surviving gatehouse in the state of California. The Gatehouse is one of only three buildings in Menlo Park […]

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High school student-run Grab Bag Theater builds leaders and community

Besides being home to Facebook and quiet suburban streets, Menlo Park’s lesser-known claim to fame is Grab Bag Theater, one of the only entirely high school student-run theater groups in the country. Grab Bag puts on a play, musical, and a Winter Arts Festival annually, as well as open mic nights throughout the year. The […]

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Facebook adds festivals to its summer line up beginning May 13

Facebook is hosting five festivals on its campus starting May 13 that are free and open to the public. These are in lieu of the Facebook Farmers Markets, which will return with a twist to better support Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, most likely in June, according to a Facebook spokesperson. Last year Facebook hosted 25 […]

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Energizer stations will sprout up all over Menlo Park on Bike to Work Day May 11

On Thursday May 11, 2017 tens of thousands of regular and first-time Bay Area residents will bike to work for the 23rd Annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month. The more than half dozen Energizer station in Menlo Park will give people on bikes a chance to stop and get a snack, […]

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Stand Up for Public Schools Day is May 10

We got an email from Cindy Folker, the Executive Director of M-A’s Foundation for the Future: “You probably heard that Silicon Valley Foundation is not holding SV Gives Day this year, which has a significant impact on our Foundation’s fundraising. We raised $150,000 on SV Gives Day last year. “To make up for the lack of […]

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Erin Cooke works to implement SFO’s sustainability goals

Menlo Park resident Erin Cooke doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. Or more accurately, she bikes to Caltrain, hops off at Millbrae and bikes to her job at SFO as the airport’s Sustainability Director. In that capacity she’s overseeing what she calls the airport’s “moon shot,” work to translate the Airport’s Five-Year Strategic Plan […]

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Spotted: Goats waiting patiently for more grass to munch at Sharon Hills Park

The goats arrived last week for their annual task of clearing the grass at steep Sharon Hills Park. And boy do they have their work cut out for them this year. The grass is over three feet tall in some places, thanks to all the rain. Early this morning, they were huddled at the top […]

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Rents in Menlo Park remain in the stratosphere

Menlo posted an average rent of $3,700 in April, according to the latest research by RENTCafé. “It edges out cities like San Francisco or San Mateo, where rents average $3,355 and $3030, respectively,” emails RENTCafé spokesperson Adrian Rosenberg. “Unfortunately for local renters, the prices in Menlo are on the upswing. Average rents have seen a […]

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