February 2020

We received an email from Lenore Bernhardt who lives in Washington and had recently discovered — and then purchased — the portrait of a woman shown here. According to notes on the back, it was framed at Herbert W. Keeble Picture Framing at 441 El Camino Real in Menlo Park in 1962.

My almost immediate hunch is that it’s Shirley Temple Black.  When I was a child, I attended a local children’s theater at Sequoia High School and remember her as a volunteer ticket taker. And her daughter Linda was a Sunday School classmate of mine at one time. All to say I’d see her around town when I was a child and teen.

A search of Google Images of the famous child star did nothing to disprove my hunch. Photos of the middle age Mrs. Black do resemble this portrait.

Plus, she stayed on the Peninsula, passing away at age 85 at her home in Woodside in 2014.

Any other guesses as to who the woman in this lovely portrait is?


Learn about the “Soul of the Nation” art exhibit currently at the DeYoung on Feb. 18

On Tuesday, March 18, a community speaker from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will provide a behind-the-scenes look at this internationally-acclaimed exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983” on display at the de Young Museum through March 15, 2020. “Soul of a Nation” celebrates art made by Black […]

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Barbara Coll discovers bird photography after a life time of wildlife watching

Growing up in Ottawa, Barbara Coll’s family kept a book about the wildlife they saw. So it was natural for her to keep the tradition going when she got married in 1992 — but with a focus exclusively on birds. “The tally is currently 517 birds, which is five percent of the bird species in the […]

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Havense dog from Menlo Park wins Toy Group at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A Havanese dog from Menlo Park nicknamed Bono won the Toy Group at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 10, 2020. The Toy Group was judged by Doris Cozart, and Bono was handled by owner and breeder Taffe McFadden A 3 1/2-year-old male, Bono beat out 23 other […]

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Spotted: Happy “Bull-a-tine”

At least we think it’s a bull not a buffalo. Spotted at the Wild Horse Cafe in King City on a recent road trip.

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Viewpoint: Atherton residents – let your voices be heard about town’s policies on taxation & “fiscal equity”

Editor’s note: Peter Carpenter, author of this post, is a former Director of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District (2002-2018) who lived in Atherton for 36 years before relocating to Menlo Park last year. Over five years ago, the Atherton Town Council made two incredible decisions. First, they appointed themselves as the overseers of how every […]

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Meet local mystery author John Billheimer on Feb. 19

Ladera resident John Billheimer is coming to the Menlo Park Library on Feb. 19 to talk about Primary Target, the sixth book in his Owen Allison mystery series, as well as Hitchcock and the Censors, a nonfiction book tracing the rise of movie censorship. He’ll be speaking at the The Mystery Readers Group from 7:00 […]

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“Signing Day” at M-A celebrates 16 college bound student athletes

Sixteen college bound student athletes were celebrated last week in Ayers Gym on the Menlo Atherton High School campus. They were introduced by Athletic Director Paul Snow, who cited their accomplishments (excerpted below). Audrey Koren, who is headed to Oberlin College, is a four-year varsity lacrosse starter for M-A. In both her sophomore and junior […]

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Children’s songwriter Nathalia comes to the Belle Haven branch library on Feb. 16

Join us for a fun, interactive, bilingual family concert with children’s songwriter Nathalia on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2:00 t0 3:00 pm at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library. From themes like space exploration to cruising down the Amazon River, her infectious songs will have families singing, dancing, even learning a little Spanish, […]

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Public input sought for county improvements to Santa Cruz Avenue/Alameda de las Pulgas Road corridor

The County of San Mateo has been working with a task force of residents and stakeholders since September 2018 to address safety and connectivity concerns for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers the Santa Cruz Avenue between Sand Hill Road and Avy Avenue. On January 30, the County held a community meeting and shared four conceptual design […]

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Mitchell Johnson painting exhibit opening delayed – now Feb. 14

The exhibit of paintings by artist Mitchell Johnson in downtown Menlo Park has been delayed. The new opening dates are Feb. 14 to Feb. 24, Monday-Saturday, including Presidents Day, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm at 883-1 Santa Cruz Avenue. Here are more details about the exhibit from a post published prior to the originally opening […]

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