February 2019

InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg stopped at Filoli on Friday afternoon just before it closed. “It was treat to see it damp, thanks to all the rain,” she emailed.

Frances, a Menlo Park resident, has long been represented by Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts where you can view her work.

Here we present a selection of her lovely photographs taken at Filoli.

Photos by Frances Freyberg (c) 2019

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Finally, some blue sky but the wind makes it cool

By the time most of Menlo Park awoke this morning, the last of the rain showers had passed through the area, leaving behind blue skies and brisk wind that made it feel colder than mid-50s. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “I could hear the rain falling on the roof top during the night. Hoping for […]

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If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes

The Midwestern adage about “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes,” has been true in Menlo Park the past few days — and holds true today. Rain, wind, sun — take your pick. Bill Russ reported this morning: “While we slept last night, we were unknowingly the glad recipients of another .4” […]

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Art Ventures Gallery’s series on Stanford’s Climate-Energy Investment kicks off with artist Michael Killen

Dr. Katharina Powers has announced the Art Ventures Gallery Speaker Series: Stanford’s Climate-Energy Investment In Perspective: Art, Politics, and Science. This nine-day art and speaker series helps the general public, climate action now and clean energy advocates, along with  investors, to deepen their understanding of Stanford’s half-billion dollar energy-solution investment. It enables attendees to see […]

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Rain overnight – thunder and lightning during the day

What weather you are experiencing may have a lot to do with where you are within our micro-climate. One half of the Dish this morning was bathed in sunlight and featured a rainbow in the distance. The other half appeared to be drenched in showers! Reports InMenlo weather watcher earlier this morning: “During the night […]

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Speaking of Valentine’s Day, what are the origins of romantic love?

People celebrating Valentine’s Day can thank Plato for the notion that their partner is their soulmate and other half, says Stanford scholar Robert Pogue Harrison (pictured). Harrison, the Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature in the School of Humanities and Sciences, co-teaches What is Love?, a popular Stanford humanities class where students trace the classical […]

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Wind howls and the rain pounds down overnight

Gusty winds, along with more rain, were in the weather forecast, and the prediction proved accurate. “Another .85” overnight,” emailed InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ. “Now at 14.6” season-to-date and climbing. I know folks who have to drive in heavy rain do not enjoy it. For sure the ground soil is receiving it grandly.” With […]

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Hillview students team with preschoolers at the Early Learning Center on art projects

Hillview Middle School art teacher Anna Kogan took her students across town on a field trip to visit the three through five-year-olds at the district’s Early Learning Center for a special joint art project. The preschoolers used their whole bodies to pose as their favorite animal while the middle school artists traced them. Together, the […]

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Rain creates roaring San Francisquito Creek with high winds continuing

This latest storm has been sufficient to get San Francisquito Creek roaring along, although well below the San Mateo Drive bike bridge. Good to see nevertheless. Emailed InMenlo weather watchers Sally and Bill Russ early this morning: “Isn’t it wonderful to hear the rain in the night! It’s like all is right with the world. We […]

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Artist Mitchell Johnson extends downtown exhibit of his paintings

Originally set to close yesterday, Mitchell Johnson is extending his exhibit of paintings through Feb. 16. Hours are 11:30 am to 5:30 pm with the artist on hand to answer questions and talk about the paintings. Address is 883-1 Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

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In conversation with Parkland survivor turned gun control activist David Hogg

On Thursday, February 14, we celebrate Valentines Day. Tragically, this year, it also marks the one-year anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members and injured 17 others. Out of that tragedy rose a group of students turned gun control activists, including […]

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