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MUSA, one of the Bay Area’s most innovative and sought-after early music ensembles, will be in concert at St. Bede’s Church on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4:00 pm with a program titled Chinese Baroque, exploring the dynamic and complex cultural exchanges between Western Europe and China in the 17th and 18th centuries through the lens of music. Despite mutual fascination, it was often difficult to surmount linguistic and cultural differences to reach a true understanding of each other.

Works performed will include selections from d’Ambleville’s Mass for the Jesuits of Peking, a violin sonata written by the missionary Teodorico Pedrini, and transcriptions of Chinese tunes through Western ears.

Performers will include soprano Rita Lilly, violinist Cynthia Black, music director and harpsichordist Derek Tam, and David Wong, who plays both guqin and guzheng. A reception will follow the concert.

Tickets ($25 general admission, $20 seniors, $15 children & students w/ ID) are available at the door or in advance online.

St. Bede’s is located at 2650 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

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Learn how to draw cartoons on Feb. 24

“Cartooning Basics with Sirron Norris” will be offered on Sunday, February 24, at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library (413 Ivy) from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn to design characters and create expressions in a one-hour workshop taught by the lead artist of the animated show Bob’s Burgers. This is a drop-in program […]

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Kids can create their own puppets at Menlo Park Library on Feb. 23

Art and Rachel of Puppet Art Theater will lead students (ages 7-10) in the creation of their own custom puppets to take home at the Menlo Park Library on Feb. 23 from 10:30 to 11:45 am. Registration is required; available online. This free event is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Puppet […]

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Menlo Park to host 19th annual Black History Month celebration on Feb. 22

The City of Menlo Park is planning its 19th annual Black History Month Luncheon and Gospel Fest for February 22 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The event will start with a welcoming speech by Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Taylor, followed by a poetry reading from local poet Kalamu Chache, and a dance performance by […]

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Residents urged to prepare for next storm by keeping storm drains leaf free

With the National Weather Service forecasting more rain accompanied by high winds arriving Wednesday with continued showers though the weekend, residents are encouraged to keep storm drains clear of leaves and debris. Menlo Park’s incredible tree canopy is part of what has made it a Tree City USA for the last 18 years. That same […]

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Learn how to talk with your doctor on Feb. 13 at Rosener House.

Elizabeth Landsverk, MD, will be speaking at Rosener House (500 Arbor Road) on the topic of “How to Talk With Your Doctor” to receive the best care on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Being an educated advocate for yourself and/or your loved ones is crucial in navigating the complex issues involved with […]

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Closures to impact Constitution/Independence and Middlefield Roads

A few construction projects are expected to have notable traffic impacts in the coming weeks. These impacts are expected on Marsh Road at the exit to Constitution Road as well as along Middlefield Road between Willow Road and Ringwood Avenue during nighttime hours. Night work on Middlefield Road requiring lane closures will be occurring starting […]

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Adults can paint like Pippin on Feb. 11 at Menlo Park Library

Art facilitator Christie Inocencio will help you capture the striking style of African-American folk art painter Horace Pippin at the Menlo Park Library on Feb. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This adult program is free, but space is limited. Register online. Horace Pippin was an esteemed artist known for his renderings of the African-American […]

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Deadline to apply to be Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Menlo Park is Feb. 8

Menlo Park’s traffic consultant, Alta Planning Design, is hiring a Safe Routes to School Coordinator (Outreach Coordinator #1289). This individual will work as a liaison to public and private schools in Menlo Park. This position is a key component of the implementation phase of the citywide Safe Routes to School program, and will serve as […]

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Yvonne Newhouse is featured artist at Portola Art Gallery in February

The Portola Art Gallery presents “Variations on a Theme,” an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Yvonne Newhouse. The exhibit highlights Yvonne’s ongoing exploration of painting a single subject using multiple approaches. She hopes to engage the viewer by interpreting each subject in new ways, both real and imagined. A reception for the artist will be […]

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Valentine’s workshops at both branches of Menlo Park Library on Feb. 9

String a heart garland, build a 3-D heart box, and sew a “secret Valentine wish” envelope on Feb. 9 from 10:30 am to Noon, For ages 5+ with their adults at the main branch of the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) Registration available online. The Belle Haven Branch (413 Ivy Dr.) will host a […]

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