September 2019

In solidarity with next week’s Global Climate Strike events, Kepler’s Literary Foundation is offering students 300 free tickets to its September 27 event featuring Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. Klein will discuss her new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.

“Climate change poses an urgent threat and we are excited to see young people like Greta Thunberg mobilizing all over the world to help us tackle this unprecedented challenge.” said Jean Forstner, executive director of the foundation. “As part of our mission to engage our community, we are offering these free tickets to welcome local students to participate in a constructive and action-oriented evening with Naomi Klein, who has been called the intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal,”

“Naomi Klein’s work has always moved and guided me,” said Greta Thunberg (pictured top). “She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency and an inspirer of generations.”

In On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, Klein (pictured below) argues that only transformative, comprehensive, grassroots efforts can salvage the future. The bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything argues that with a shift in spirit, imagination, economics, and policy, humanity’s greatest threat might still become its greatest opportunity.

She rejects the idea that a dystopian future is a foregone conclusion. Instead, she questions: What if we decided not to drive off the climate cliff? What if we chose to radically change course and save both our habitat and ourselves? What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like then?

The event will take place on September 27, the last day of Global Climate Strikes, at 7:30 p.m. Free student tickets will be available starting September 20 while supplies last. Students will be required to present student ID cards or other proof of enrollment at the door. For all tickets, go to

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National Voter Registration Day takes place on Sept 24

Haven’t found the time to register to vote yet?  Stop by either of the Menlo Park Library’s locations on Tuesday, September 24, and volunteers from the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County will provide you with registration materials, answer any questions, and then make sure your registration is submitted to the Registrar […]

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Lucy Neely on the intersection of land stewardship and the wine business

Of the 230 acres owned by the Neely family, which extend from the Portola Valley floor up 1,700 feet to just below Windy Hill, only 7% is planted in grapes. That’s just fine with Lucy Neely who heads marketing for Neely Wine. “Since I moved back and got involved with the winery, I’ve thought a lot […]

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Spotted: Raging Grannies and Trump balloon near Zott’s

Somewhere between 50 and 100 people showed up near the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley yesterday to protest President Donald Trump’s appearance at a fundraising event at Scott McNealy‘s home. Among the crowd, the Raging Grannies and people hoisting a Trump balloon. Photo by Rachel Podlishevsky, Pro Bono Photo

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Check out the Menlo Park Transportation Master Plan open house – available online now

The second round of community engagement for the City of Menlo Park’s Transportation Master Plan is here. There are multiple ways to learn more about the project and provide input about how the City should prioritize transportation improvements. The primary way to provide input is through the online open house, which is available until Oct. […]

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Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park is building new Lourdes shrine

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park has embarked on a project to renovate its Lourdes grotto and build around it a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes. A retreat center visitor in 2018 noticed the grotto, built in the 1950s after the Archdiocese acquired the property, was in […]

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Menlo’s favorite “dad band” plays Freewheel Brewing Co. on Sept. 20

Emails Allen Weinger: “Hi, friends. Well, the kids are back in school, football’s on TV, and there’s a slight chill in the evening air. “Come celebrate the change of the seasons at the Members’ homecoming/almost-solstice show this Friday evening, September 20, at our favorite local brew pub, the Freewheel Brewing Co. at 3736 Florence Street […]

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“Inspirations Close to Home” is theme of Atherton Arts Foundation exhibit on Sept. 21

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Menlo Park City School District refinances bonds, securing savings for local taxpayers

The Menlo Park City School District has secured savings of over $3.7 million for local taxpayers by refinancing bonds previously approved by voters. The School Board had voted at its August 29 meeting to approve the refinance, and the action was implemented on September 10, 2019. The District took advantage of the current low interest […]

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What’s that wet stuff falling from the sky in Menlo Park?

The predicated rain showers came through during the morning commute as evident by the umbrellas up as parents and kids walked to Oak Knoll School around 8:00 am. Emailed InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “My gauge has been ‘out.’  We shall see. It is fun anyway.” Later in the morning Bill let us know that […]

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Senior legal rights is focus of talk at Little House on Sept. 17

Guardianship? Estate planning? Trusts? What are the rules? Can you change your mind? What legal rights do you have? Bring your questions and find out something you don’t know and something you should know at Little House (800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park) on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 pm. Guest speaker attorney Ronald Marblestone will lead […]

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