October 2017

We realize not everyone in Menlo Park gets to dance the Halloween night away listening to our city’s favorite dad band, The Members. It’s mostly a west of Olive Dr., east of the Alameda deal. We are just lucky enough to be a couple of blocks away, so we took in the crazy scene and good music before calling this All Hallows Eve a done deal. So to those who go treat or treating on the supposedly popular streets (like Sherman) you don’t know the fun you are missing!

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Menlo Park Library’s second Storytelling Festival covers November start to finish

The Menlo Park Library is planning for a month-long celebration of the oral tradition, with a Storytelling Festival featuring an array of professional tellers over the course of seven different events during November. Every Monday evening at 7:00 pm, a teller who is new to the library will perform. On selected afternoons, a favorite returning […]

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William Floyd constructs a maze for Halloween in his front yard

There’s always something new in Menlo Park when Halloween comes along. Last year it was the colorful paint job at Brandee Barker’s house on Hobart. This year it’s a Halloween maze on Vine Street, constructed by 12-year-old William Floyd. William, who attends Menlo School, thought about doing a maze last year, but made it happen […]

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Oak Knoll Elementary School’s Halloween parade takes to the streets

Oak Knoll Elementary School has celebrated Halloween with a costume parade around the school grounds, but for the first time expanded the parade route to include the adjoining neighborhood streets. Led by the Hillview Middle School band – themselves all in costumes, the cleverly-costumed kids strutted down one side of the street and back to […]

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Menlo Park women rally to make Firefly Institute photo camp happen – despite the North Bay fires

When the North Bay fires forced the cancellation of the Firefly Institute’s photo camp for women, a group of Menlo Park women came to the rescue, opening their homes for the four days of the camp to the 25 attendees. “While Westerbeke Ranch, the camp’s location, was not in the evacuation area, the air quality was […]

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Spotted: Magician Marshall Magoon delighting kids at Halloween Hoopla

A bit of magic was added this year to Halloween Hoopla last Saturday. Menlo Park’s resident magician Marshall Magoon presented a magic show at Fremont Park following the parade. And from the looks on the kids’ faces, it was a big hit! You can read more about M-A grad Marshall in a post we did […]

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Spotted: Halloween parading and pumpkin carving in University Park neighborhood

The decades long tradition of celebrating Halloween with a costume parade and pumpkin carving continued in the University Park neighborhood of Menlo Park Sunday afternoon. This crowd takes their carving – and their heads in glass jars – seriously! Photos by Ron Snow (c) 2017

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Menlo Park Fire District revives nighttime fire fighting demonstration after 16 year absence

To cap off its 100th anniversary celebration, the Menlo Park Fire District held a nighttime fire fighting demonstration at its headquarters on Middlefield Avenue on Friday night (Oct. 27). The last nighttime demonstration, a tradition that dates back to the 1930s, was held 16 years ago,  It was particularly popular during the 1950’s when Menlo Park […]

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“Towards Understanding: A Jewish, Christian, Muslim Conversation” is topic of Hearts For Justice event on Nov. 5

An interfaith conversation between leaders in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths will take place at Trinity Church in Menlo Park (330 Ravenswood Avenue) on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Rabbi Sarah Weissman, the Reverend Matthew Dutton-Gillett, and Sheikha Maryam Amir are the featured speakers. The event is explained on the church’s […]

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Peninsula Volunteers hold open house at Rosener House on Nov. 4

Peninsula Volunteers/Rosener House Adult Day Center (500 Arbor Road) in Menlo Park will host an Open House on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. At 10:30 am, there will be a presentation by Nicole Fernandez of San Mateo County Elder and Dependent Adult Protection, “Scams, Identity Theft, and Elder Abuse Prevention and […]

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Kids come out in costumes for Halloween Hoopla in downtown Menlo Park

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most headed to downtown Menlo Park late this morning for Halloween Hoopla, which included a parade followed by activities in Fremont Park. Here’s a photo essay of the fun. Photos by Robb Most (c) 2017

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