April 2018

The 2nd annual 6th Grade Bike Rodeo took place over two days last week at Hillview Middle School. It was led by the Menlo Park Police Department with input from Danielle O’Brien, Hillview assistant principal, as well as Parents for Safe Routes. Parent volunteers and members of the community helped staff the event.

Commented InMenlo contributing photographer Gina Hart, a former Hillview parent, who took photos of the event:

“I had a great time attending and was so impressed by how serious the students took the activities and by how many volunteers there were. They even had bikes and helmets for students who didn’t have their own bike at school and extended the training to scooters, skateboards and even roller skates.

The bike rodeo took place during the sixth graders regular P.E. class. The curriculum, designed by Officer Mary Ferguson, taught key bike skills, including how to make a left-hand turn safely and how to use hand signals to communicate with others on the road, and also reinforced the importance of wearing a helmet, biking on the right side of the road, and other important safety guidelines.

The event was designed to help students bike more safely at a time when many are starting to bike independently around town but often don’t have much experience and/or training. Earlier in the year, there were several student bicyclists who were involved in collisions, underscoring the need for such training.

Menlo Park does not yet have a comprehensive bike and pedestrian education program in its school districts, so the hope is to establish events of this kind as the underpinnings for a more robust program in the future.

Photos by Gina Hart (c) 2018

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Japanese-American Detention Camps: Stories of Strength and Hope is title of May 5th talk

Storyteller Megumi will bring history to life — and she will bring along guests who lived through that history. Storyteller Megumi has conducted dozens of personal interviews with American men and women of Japanese ancestry who experienced forced and “voluntary” eviction, incarceration, draft (and draft resistance) during World War II. Based on these interviews, Megumi […]

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13th annual M-A Big Bear Run set for May 6

The community is invited to participate in the 13th annual Big Bear Run which benefits Menlo-Atherton High School athletics on May 6 at 9:00 am. Professionally timed 5K run/walk with track finish. Kids welcome! No dogs or bikes. Start at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Online registration available on RunSignup through May 2; $23.00/students […]

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Springtide Comedy Medley comes to M-A PAC on May 2

Are you interested in Cirque Du Soleil, Pitch Perfect, or Whose Line Is It Anyway? Do you wish to broaden your children’s experiential learning in the performing arts center? Would you like to relax in a theater with your friends and share a hilarious night out? Join the City of Menlo Park’s spring event at […]

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Menlo Mavens water polo team participates in Senior Games this weekend

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Benefit for ALS in Menlo Park raises $1 million

In 2014, Menlo Park resident Nancy Sallaberry was playing tennis almost daily, as you might expect from someone whose teams at both Ladera Oaks and Sharon Heights had advanced to the USTA Nationals. Then, Nancy realized something was a bit off. She felt clumsy on the court. Doctors initially suspected she might have a pinched […]

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Restrooms are coming to Jack W. Lyle Park in early 2019

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Bike Education Adventure debuts last weekend in Menlo Park

Did you see a group of 4th and 5th graders wearing bright orange and green shirts riding around Menlo Park last Saturday morning? If so, you witnessed Menlo Park’s inaugural Bike Education Adventure. Ten lucky elementary school children were given the opportunity to ride around town with Wheel Kids bike instructors to learn real-life-on-the-road bike […]

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M-A senior fashion show scheduled for April 28

The senior/parent fashion show is a 30-year plus Menlo-Atherton tradition and the PTA’s largest fundraiser, providing funding for many of the important student and school services. The show helps the seniors bond and celebrates their last year at M-A while bringing the community together to celebrate the spirit that is M-A. The fashion show is […]

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Outdoor family movie night at Hillview on April 27 features “Sing”

Hillview Middle School will be hosting a family outdoor movie night on the field on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 pm. This event is open to all ages, a chance for parents and children to enjoy time together. The school requires that there is one adult present for every eight children who attend and that […]

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Spotted: Rock Bottom Clay Arts at Menlo Park’s sidewalk festival

Rock Bottom Clay Arts was among the vendors showing wares at the Menlo Park Spring Art Stroll this past weekend. The two- or five-feet totem poles are man-made, hollow ceramic designs created to look like colorful, modern rocks. Photo by Robb Most (c) 2018

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