July 2018

[email protected]’s 16th festival, “Creative Capitals,” runs July 13 to August 4

Time and again, from fourteenth-century Florence to fin-de-siècle Paris and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, Western civilization’s greatest artistic triumphs have emerged from thriving metropolises. Fueled by the exchange of ideas, leading artists and innovators have gathered, turning these cities into cultural epicenters. [email protected]’s 2018 season, which begins today and runs through August 4, […]

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Sunday Suppers are attractive offering at Left Bank Menlo Park this summer

Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series spotlighting special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. As part of Left Bank Menlo Park’s 20th anniversary celebration, the restaurant is serving Sunday Suppers now through the end of September. The suppers are particularly attractive when dining outdoors on warm summer evenings. […]

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Storytellers present “stew of stories” at Menlo Park Library on July 14

Nationally-renowned storytellers Erica Lann-Clark and Olga Loya present a mind-opening, taboo-busting stew of stories people don’t tell for fear of ridicule on July 14 from 11:00 am to noon at the Menlo Park Library. Olga tells about working with a ‘curandero’ and having to look at things in a whole new way. Erica tells how […]

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Spotted: Campaign to bring restrooms to Fremont Park

An opinion piece on InMenlo has spurred at least one local to lobby for restrooms at Fremont Park during the summer concert series. One former Hawaii state resident came up to the sign holder to say: “All of our parks have restrooms. Thought it strange that this is not the case here.” We ask, as […]

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Ceramic sculptor Jo Killen’s works will be on display at ACGA Clay & Glass Festival

Early in her artistic career, Menlo Park resident Jo Killen was a sculptor. Today, she describes herself as “a sculptor who works in ceramics.” The figures she was working on when we visited attest to that intersection. You can see her figure work (pictured in background)  as well some vessels (below right) she’s done at […]

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New flashing crossing lights installed on Santa Cruz Avenue

The existing in-pavement lighted crosswalk system at the midblock crosswalk on Santa Cruz Avenue between Sherman Avenue and Sharon Road was recently replaced with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB). This new crossing system is operational ahead of the 2018–19 school year opening of La Entrada Middle School. This midblock crosswalk on Santa Cruz Avenue between […]

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Ten local students travel to Menlo Park sister city, Bizen, in Japan

Last Sunday morning, a group of 10 students and five adults embarked on a short but event-filled trip to Menlo Park’s Japanese friendship city, Bizen, located in Okayama Prefecture west of Osaka. The 10 students were chosen to participate following an essay contest organized by Menlo Park’s Sister City Committee this past spring. They attend […]

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Cheeky Monday Toys celebrates 18 years in business on July 15

Cheeky Monkey Toys is celebrating its 18th anniversary and inviting locals to join in the fun on Sunday, July 15, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The celebration will include prizes, balloons, games, face painting, crafts, and more. Owned by husband-and-wife team Anna and Dexter Chow, Cheeky Monkey Toys started in a 900-square-foot store with […]

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Jim and Jeff Pollock are developers behind the Park James Hotel in Menlo Park

Partners in a financial services firm as well as real estate developers, father Jim and son Jeff Pollock can also make beautiful music together. Banjo-playing Jim has performed for six Presidents, and serious piano player Jeff is the founder of Hearts of Silicon Valley, whose mission is to engage people with a passion for worthy […]

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Poets Night Open Mic continues at Cafe Zoë on July 12

Another community poetry evening at  Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park featuring San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg and Kalamu Chaché is scheduled for  Thursday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 pm. Poets of all ages and styles are invited to share original work, or favorite poems by other poets, or just come to listen and enjoy the cafe’s […]

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Linda Salter’s flower paintings are featured in July at Portola Art Galley

A Summer Bouquet, a collection of flower paintings in pastel and oil by Linda Salter, is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery through July 31. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, July 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This exhibit features a new style of painting for the artist. […]

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