September 2018

A Spanish expedition in search of Monterey Bay led to the accidental “discovery” of San Francisco Bay in 1769 from atop a ridge in today’s San Mateo County.

After sighting the Bay from Sweeney Ridge on November 4, 1769 (the first sighting of the Bay by Europeans), Captain Gaspar de Portolá with his 60 men hiked south and camped along the San Francisquito Creek from November 6-10 before retracing their path back to Baja-California. The story is online.

To mark the 250th anniversary of this event in 2019, an effort is underway to tell the story of the expedition and of the native people who greeted the Spanish warmly but whose lives and culture were nearly eradicated within a few short years.

San Mateo County Parks Department in collaboration with county, state, and federal agencies, and tribal representatives is creating a trail system that will recognize 10,000 years of the Ohlone people in San Mateo County and follow the footsteps of the Portolá expedition into Alta California and the discovery of the San Francisco Bay by the Spanish.

The goal is to designate a 90-mile trail that traces the steps of the Spanish expedition and highlights the native people they encountered.

California Registered Historic Landmark No. 2 commemorating Portolá’s trip of 1769 and recognizing his party’s camping alongside the San Francisquito Creek (presumably on the Menlo Park side) is located at the southern end of Alma Street.

There will be a Public Information Meeting to learn about the Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail project on Tuesday, October 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Woodside Town Hall. You can also take an online survey.

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Menlo Park City School District hosts speaker series beginning Oct. 3

Menlo Park City School District offers a speaker series, featuring excellent, well-known speakers and timely topics. The community is invited to attend any of these free events at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Avenue, Menlo Park. The events include refreshments, and free childcare for potty trained children. The first event is Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 […]

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Spotted: Wildlife, warnings and dawn on the Dish

The clouds were pretty going up the Big Dish pathway this morning shortly after dawn. A warning sign at the gate alerted walkers and joggers of recent mountain lion sightings and the high fire danger. The only creature spotted today was a young buck that scampered down the hill and across the pathway. Given the […]

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Madera wins Wine Spectator Award under the stewardship of Paul Mekis

“The cellar has grown a bit,” Madera restaurant director of wine Paul Mekis told us when we caught up with him recently after first profiling him in 2014. The reason for our return visit: Madera, located in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park, received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator this year, one […]

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Diane Ferlatte kicks off storytelling festival on Oct. 2 at Menlo Park Library

On Tuesday, October 2, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, storyteller Diane Ferlatte will be at the Menlo Park Library to present Missing Rib–the Spirit of Women. Celebrate the power of women with a blend of humorous African-American folktales, and Diane’s own personal stories. A legend in the storytelling community and beyond, Diane has spent decades traveling the […]

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Community Color Run at M-A takes place on Saturday, Sept. 29

Menlo-Atherton High School  is hosting its third annual Community Color Run on Saturday, September 29h. Check in is at 8:30 am by Ayer’s Gym/the M-A Baseball Field. Run starts at 9 a.m. The run takes place around the M-A campus (1-3 miles depending on how many laps). Tickets $15 per person, sold at door. Includes […]

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Portola Valley resident’s photo wins landscape category in Midpen’s photo contest

Portola Valley resident Jack Lucas’s image of a sunrise taken at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve won the landscape category in the MidPeninsula Open Space District’s annual photo contest. Jack is a fairly new resident of Portola Valley, although he lived in Menlo Park before that and attended Menlo School. His interest in photography was […]

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Ninth grader Audrey Ha is eager to start a public speaking club at Menlo-Atherton High School

Menlo-Atherton High School ninth grader Audrey Ha describes herself as an “avid app developer, and dedicated advocate of human-to-human interaction.”  “Because student interaction now occurs overwhelmingly through technology platforms, I am passionate about inspiring my generation to become more powerful public speakers and in-person communicators,” she said.  That passion has led her to start a […]

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Science Night returns to Menlo Park Library on Sept. 27

Science Night is back! Come to the Menlo Park Library  on Sept. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for an evening of fun and exploration aimed at adults, teens and elementary school-aged children alike. Scheduled participants include: – Bay Area Discovery Museum – SRI – NorCal Bats – San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory – San […]

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Menlo Together hosts first Menlo Park City Council Candidate Forum – more forums on the horizon

Menlo Together is hosting the initial Menlo Park City Council Candidate Forum, moderated by Almanac editor Renee Batti. The event will take place on October 1 at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center Juniper Room at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park at 7:00 pm. The City of Menlo Park has changed the way City Council […]

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Menlo Park Sidewalk Fall Art Stroll takes place Sept. 28-30

The 22nd annual Menlo Park Sidewalk Fall Art Stroll takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 28-29 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, September 30, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Taking place along Santa Cruz Avenue, the Sidewalk Fall Art Stroll is free to the public and features an array of original […]

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