January 2018

Maggie King’s debut novel looks at the consequences of China’s One Child Policy

Menlo Park resident Maggie Shen King‘s second go at writing a novel shows perseverance pays off. Not only was An Excess Male picked up by Harper Voyager, but it’s gotten noticed. The Washington Post selected it as one of the five best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2017, applauding Maggie for “distinctive and sympathetic […]

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Devorah Heitner, PhD, of Raising Digital Natives is M-A parent ed speaker on Jan. 23

Devorah Heitner,, PhD, talks about Empathy is the App: Raising Thoughtful Kids in the Digital Age. This inaugural 2018 M-A Parent Education lecture takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center. Register for the free event online. In the digital world, no skill is more crucial than empathy. Learn what […]

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Belle Haven community activist Cecilia Taylor works to keep neighborhood civically engaged

Cecilia Taylor is a third-generation resident of Menlo Park. Both her mother and grandfather have been active in the Belle Haven neighborhood where she was raised and now lives. After living in the northern Peninsula for a number of years, she came home in 2015 and promptly ran for a Menlo Park City Council seat […]

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SafeSpace offering mental health classes for teens & adults

SafeSpace is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid classes open to the community on Saturday January 20 from 9:00-5:00 pm or Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9:00-5:00 pm at the SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park. These classes are open to teens and adults. Register through Eventbrite; the cost is $20. This […]

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Good soaker overnight in Menlo Park

4:00 pm update from Bill: Somehow, another .1” found its way into my gauge since 8:00 am. I am now at 7” season-to-date.” The rain was steady overnight. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “A surprising 1.45” in my gauge this morning. That is 6.9” season-to-date. Yesterday’s comparisons still prevail.” Photo by Robb Most taken downtown […]

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Come for ballon fun at Belle Haven Library on Jan. 13

Kids, you’re invited to come to the the Menlo Park Belle Haven Branch Library on Jan. 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm to have a balloon creation made just for you! Enjoy the work of our friend, balloon-twister extraordinaire Räúl Gonzalez! He will create a little masterpiece just for you to enjoy and take home. […]

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Cooley Land and Living Shoreline during a king tide from above

There was a king tide the first and second day of the new year, and InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was high overhead for a Baykeeper project. Explains the California King Tides Project: “While the term ‘king tide’ isn’t a scientific term, it is used to describe an especially high tide event, when there is alignment […]

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Rain today in Menlo Park appears to be a real soaker

Bill’s afternoon update: Another .6” measured just before 4:00 pm. That is 1.3” for the day and 5.45” season-to-date. This may be a nice ‘catchup’.” It began raining in Menlo Park overnight and by 8:00 am, “a hearty .7”,” had fallen, according to InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ. “This is 4.85″ season-to-date. That compares to 12.65” […]

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The Mystery Readers Group welcomes a special guest – author Cara Black

New York Times bestselling author Cara Black joins the Mystery Readers Group to discuss “Murder in Saint-Germain,” the 17th book in her Paris-set Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which now has over 400,000 copies in print. Her appearance takes place on January 17, 2018, at 7:00 pm In the new book, Aimée is walking through […]

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Lady Bird Ding Dongs, our tribute to Sacramento

The Golden Globe nominated film, Lady Bird, is lovely, quirky and sentimental. It is about a young girl’s love/hate relationship with her hometown of Sacramento. As it turns out, the city is not just a backdrop, but one of the stars of the movie. If you are from California, you know our state capitol often gets a […]

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Coding for Kids kicks off new session on Jan. 21

The Menlo Park Library is hosting Coding for Kids on three Sundays,  1/21, 1/28, and 2/4 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm for third to seventh graders. They’ll learn: • to create puzzles, games, animations and stories using visual programming • to interact on a team while building a game and using all the skills learned Details: […]

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