December 2019

Emailed InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ this morning: Here in Menlo Park, as we slept, .3” of rain fell, on this 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. My season to date figure is now 2.4”. This compares to 3.5” in 2018.”

Bill added this afternoon:  Another .1” as of 4:oo pm. Now at 2.5” total. Locals may think the amount of rain is greater because the air has been so ‘wet’ for days.”

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured this rainbow from the top of Valpariso hill.”

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2019

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Capturing Filoli’s holiday splendor with new Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

A few months back I upgraded to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max primarily for its new camera system. The new system includes three separate cameras and lenses which provide three different focal lengths. Apple calls them wide, ultra wide and telephoto. Note: It’s ironic with today’s technology that this small handheld device includes three […]

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Make it an all-train day on Dec. 8 at the Menlo Park train station

The Caltrain Holiday Train will be stopping in Menlo Park at 7:05 pm on Sunday, Dec. 8. The colorfully decorated train will carry carolers and other entertainers. Locals are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the annual toy drive. You can stop in at the West Bay Model Railroad Holiday Train Show (1090 […]

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Kitka returns with Wintersongs to St. Bede’s on Dec. 8

Wintersongs is Kitka’s critically-acclaimed and  popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. The female vocal ensemble will perform at St. Bede’s Church (2650 Sand Hill Road) on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance online. For countless centuries, people around […]

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40-year Woodside resident Jim Milton roamed town with camera in hand

We stumbled upon Woodside resident Jim Milton when the 40-year resident was profiled in the town’s newsletter. His photography caught our attention, and we visited him at his Coldwell Banker office in Menlo Park. Jim explained that he’s been interested in photography at least since high school, which, at the time, was nurtured by a […]

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“Twas the Night Before Christmas” on tap for two weekends in December

Dancer Repertory Theatre offers Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance/theatre production following the famous Clement C. Moore poem. With dancing Mice, Prancing Reindeer and a bag of toys that all come to life, it is guaranteed to bring the holiday spirit to all! This lively and colorful show with a cast of 85+ dancers […]

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M-A junior Claire Beebe attends Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

While her M-A classmates head towards finals and then winter break, M-A  junior Claire Beebe (pictured center) is enjoying a Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. Emails Claire: “Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki describes its program as ‘life-changing learning in nature.’ After doing a lot of research, I loved the idea of learning in the outdoors and […]

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Woodside Village Band holiday concert takes place Dec. 7

The Winter Concert 2019 with Yessica Gallagher conducting takes place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 3:00 pm at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road. Free admission and parking; donations welcome. Works being rehearsed; their order may differ at the concert: America Forever March, James V. Colonna/J. C. Colonna; Carol of the Bells, Sean O’Loughlin; Christmas from the ’50s, Douglas Wagner; Elegy for the U.S.S. […]

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Continuing rain makes for pretty photograph

Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “As of 7:35  am,  I measured .3”. My total now 2.05”. And more to come!” Adds photographer Irene Searles: “Twos, Horses and Trees. I always look at this scene as I drive to and from. It rarely disappoints. Portola Valley.” Afternoon update: “Another .05” since this morning’s report. That […]

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Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk slated for Dec. 7

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, December 7, in Downtown Menlo Park from 1:00 to 4:30pm. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. The cost is $49 per person. Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries of the […]

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Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary holds annual Christmas Market on Dec. 7

The Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary’s Christmas Market takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You’ll find handcrafted goods from a variety of local vendors and artists and an auction of decorated and themed Christmas trees. Carolers will be singing from 12:30 to 1:30; kids will have a chance to visit […]

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