Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB), Menlo-Atherton High School students will collect canned food from the community through  December 13, 2019, to help feed several hundred local families.

M-A students will collect cans at the following locations:
-Bianchini’s in Ladera
-Delucchi’s Market in Redwood City
-Draeger’s in Menlo Park
-Safeway stores on El Camino and in Sharon Heights
-Trader Joe’s in Menlo Park
-Robert’s Market in Portola Valley

You can also donate online. Every dollar donated will create two nutritious meals for those in need.

When you are shopping for your family, please add extra cans to your cart and drop them into the SHFB barrels.

Canned food drive fun facts:

-Collected 289,000+ pounds of food in 2018
-Largest public-school food drive in the country
-Recipients of the Golden Apple Award and Blue Diamond Award from SHFB
-Winner of Outstanding Drive Coordinator goes to Mike Amoroso
-Started by legendary Coach Ben Parks in 1999, raising 5,000 cans that year
-Facebook has donated 2800+ reusable grocery bags for 5th year in row
-Facebook has generously donated $10,000 this year – that equals 40,000 cans!
-Distribution to families takes place on Saturday, December 14 , 2019 in East Palo Alto

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2019

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Lin Howery hones her jam making skills offering customers eight distinct flavors

Not every career arc extends from civil engineering to jam making. But such is the case with Menlo Park resident Lin Howery. With her children growing more independent, Lin started thinking about how she could get back in the workforce. “Growing up in Syria, we always made our own jam,” she says. “So I started […]

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Menlowe Ballet “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” offers viewing options for multiple groups and ages

Menlowe Ballet’s Executive Director Lisa Shively remembers attending her first Nutcracker with her father when she was four years old. “The moment the curtain rose was magic for me, and my life was forever changed,” she says. “I was soon enrolled in ballet classes and studied 5-6 days per week throughout my childhood. Performing in […]

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Owen Laine keeps up the Bonora tradition of winemaking

Owen Laine, shown making wine at his parents’ Menlo Park home, is a fourth generation wine maker on his mother’s [Beth Bonora] side of the family. Enrico Bonora and his wife, Mari, left their ancestral town, Cologna, which is just outside Riva del Gard in Trento, Italy, around 1900, fleeing poverty. Their village was at […]

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Lisa Buda brings a new approach to her dentistry practice

For years, Lisa Buda practiced hospital dentistry in San Francisco, treating people with special needs. “No matter what their disability was, we gave them teeth,” she said. She was on call for two hospitals and quickly realized that this form of dentistry was not compatible when she become a mom. So when her youngest of […]

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Atherton police begin Selby Lane school toy drive

The 2019 Selby Lane School Toy Drive has begun. Unwrapped items will be collected until Friday, December 13. Please drop off gifts at the Atherton Police Department, 83 Ashfield Road. Items needed: Legos, art supplies, Hot Wheels, jump ropes, science projects, Barbies/dolls/action figures, blankets, warm clothes, basketballs/soccer balls/sports equipment, beads/jewelry making kits. Questions: Contact Jennifer Free @752-0503  or via email: [email protected]

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Spotted: Is “Mr. Tiger” hanging out in Menlo Park

On a morning walk, we stumbled upon a van with the license plate Kaline6. Could it be that Hall of Fame Al Kaline, known as “Mr. Tiger” for his long time association with the Detroit Tigers, is in town? Alas, not. It’s the van owned by Tiger fanatic Colt Rosensweig, Menlo Park dog walker extraordinaire. […]

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Facebook offers tips for small businesses to get ready for the holiday shopping season

Facebook  recently hosted “Boost with Facebook Holiday Bootcamp” — a training program designed to help small businesses and nonprofits learn how to grow and get ready for the holiday shopping season — at its company headquarters in Menlo Park, along with other offices worldwide. “About 500 local businesses attended,” said Rich Rao, Facebook’s VP for Small […]

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Hillview School Drama presents Two Tales on One Theme

For both Helen Keller and Anne Frank, the world outside was inaccessible. In the 1880s, American Helen Keller feel ill and lost her sight, hearing, speech and ability to connect. Roughly 60 years later, Jewish teenager Anne Frank kept a diary of her life, hiding from the Nazis in Europe during World War II. Both […]

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Author Nick Neely chronicles his 650-mile California trek in “Alta California”

Today marks the 250th anniversary of European discovery of San Francisco Bay by Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá. Author Nick Neely grew up in Portola Valley, named after Portolá, but realized how little he knew about the history of the Peninsula as well as broader California history. So he set off to learn it with […]

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Lesson about persimmons thanks to Logan at Camper

Persimmons seem to be every where at the moment — on trees as we walk the streets of Menlo Park and at the grocery store. Until last night, we thought they were something to be avoided at all costs. Yucky and mushy come to mind as descriptions. Given that, we’re not sure why we ordered […]

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