June 2019

On June 19, 1865 — years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation — word finally reached Texas that African-American enslavement was now against the law.

In a program for adults, teens, and mature tweens, Diane Ferlatte will share captivating, moving tales to mark that day at the Menlo Park Library on June 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm..

Diane will honor Juneteenth, telling stories of African Americans’ contributions, experiences, and struggles in America from 1776 to June 19th, 1865.

Diane may also share stories of her personal journey across the cultural & racial landscape of America as she is accompanied on banjo and guitar by her musician, Erik Pearson.

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Talking berry varieties with Atlee Frechette at Webb Ranch with U Pick now open

The you pick ’em berry season opened this week at Webb Ranch, so we thought it was a good time to catch up with ranch manager Atlee Frechette, a fourth generation Webb who will give birth to a fifth generation later this year — her first child. “Olallieberries, loganberries and Prime Ark blackberries are the first […]

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Gentry magazine sold to Southern California digital media and entertainment company

The Golden State Company has acquired Gentry magazine group from 18 Media for an undisclosed price. Gentry was founded in 1993 by Elsie Floriani and Sloan Citron. Its offices will remain in Menlo Park. “When looking for a partner to carry forward my mother’s life work, Golden State was the obvious choice,” said 18 Media Chairman, […]

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Creepy Critters come to Menlo Park Library on June 18

Docents from Wildmind Science Learning (formerly known as Wildlife Associates) will be at the Menlo Park Library on Tuesday, June 18 from 2:00 to 2:45 pm to help elementary school kids and their adults explore the gentler side of the most misunderstood animals of the wild kingdom. Students will learn the significance of all living […]

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Kids take center stage at downtown Menlo Park summer block party

Last night’s downtown Menlo Park block party was as much about celebrating a slight break in the record heat as it was the start of summer. There was music playing along Santa Cruz Avenue. And lots of information booths from local businesses and non-profits. Plus, Beatles tribute band, the Sun Kings, was playing at Fremont […]

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Spotted: Pencil posts at Encinal School

Encinal Elementary School art teacher Stephanie Noon officially celebrated the completion of the “pencil posts”  on Wednesday (June 12) with a special gathering of students who helped transform ordinary hallway posts into colorful pencils. The Encinal art students, along with third grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop 62689 — led by Encinal teacher and mom Aimee […]

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City of Menlo Park seeks your feedback on Safe Routes to School strategy, walk and roll maps

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a citywide program that encourages and enables children to walk, bike or bus to school by making school travel safer, easier and more fun. At the March 24, 2019, spring party, participants had the opportunity to see the SRTS Strategy Guide and the newly-developed Walk and Roll […]

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Artist Tara de la Garza creates “Monuments to the Plastocene”

Let’s just say artist Tara de la Garza is a bit trash obsessed. “As a child, a trip to the ‘tip’ (dump) was always an adventure,” said the Menlo Park resident who is of Irish descent but grew up in Australia. “Furniture, electronics, bicycles, all sorts of treasures could be found.” Later as an adult […]

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Spotted: Tree down in Atherton

Emailed Jym Clendenin: “Park Lane at Valparaiso completely blocked at 6:00 am.” We ‘re guessing Jym was out for  a ‘before-the=heat-hits” run…

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Spotted: Oak Knoll students cheering on former Otters in winning World Cup match

Oak Knoll Otters spent their lunch recess Tuesday watching the USA/Thailand World Cup soccer match. Not one, but two Oak Knoll alumni, Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson, are on the world cup team. The current students had so much fun cheering on their fellow Otters! As the school says, “Once an Otter, always an Otter.” […]

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Ari Rosenschein returns to boyhood haunt, Kepler’s, to take part in “Story is the Thing”

What better way to kick off the summer than listening to a group of emerging voices and established writers at Kepler’s? The bookstore’s quarterly Story is the Thing event will take place on Thursday, June 20, and feature among the authors, Ari Rosenschein, who grew up reading paperbacks sprawled on the bookstore’s floor. “That was when […]

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