Coincidentally this morning, I interviewed Atherton resident Robbie Kellman Baxter about her latest book, The Forever Transaction (coming April 6). Following her earlier book The Membership Economy, it details how businesses and organizations can build durable, long-term relationships with customers.

Our conversation about the importance of organizations and service providers “doing the right thing in times of trouble” got me thinking: What is happening in our community in response to the Coronavirus pandemic — and now the “shelter in place” six county lockdown?  Soon, some answers began to hit my inbox.

Emailed Fran Philip from Menlo Pilates and More: “I am offering Zoom Mat Pilates classes on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 8.30 am. It’s a free class for the community at the moment, so many are asking for it.”

Praveen Madan of Kepler’s announced that beginning today, the book store will only be taking phone and online orders, which will be available for pick-up between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm daily. The online bookstore remains open 24 hours.

Of special note, Praveen writes: “If you are in a high risk category and can’t afford to pay our normal shipping charges, we will be happy to waive them for you — just let us know by adding a comment in the notes field of your online order or by informing your bookseller over the phone.” Here is Praveen’s complete statement.

David Klein of Legends Baseball emailed: “I have been thinking about how I can serve the community and based on a survey I sent out yesterday it sounds like parents may need help figuring out what to do with their kids.

“I just sent out an online boys group link for a free one hour session. Based on the response I will expand these for different age groups and maybe girls.” Here’s the link to the registration and let David know if you’d like him to expand his offerings.

The Willows Market is pledging to keep products in stock and is offering delivery for seniors who are too ill too shop. “It’s for emergency situations,” explained Howard when we called.

We think these are good examples of local businesses/organizations/service providers stepping up in a time of crisis! If you know of others, please send to [email protected] so that we can highlight them.

Note: Many restaurants that were planning on offering to-go orders before the lockdown notification, have let us know that they are closing short-term. But if your favorite local restaurant is open, now is the time to patronize it by ordering takeout.

Finally, here’s a link to what’s open and what’s closed thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Photo by Silas Valentino (c) 2020

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Friends of the Library book sale on March 7 and March 8

The Friends of the Library book sale is back! Stop by and save money on some wonderful books, all while supporting the library. DVDs and music CDs will also be featured. Prices start at $0.50 for mass market paperbacks and $1 for trade and hardcover titles. This two-day sale will run Saturday, March 7,  from […]

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Learn about raising boys at Common Ground lecture on March 4

“How to Raise a Boy: Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Our Sons” is the topic at a Common Ground Speaker Series at Trinity School in Menlo Park (2650 Sand Hill Rd.) on March 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Non-member schools attendees are asked to pay $20 per ticket at the door. Tickets are free to […]

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Book-ish Trivia returns to Menlo Park Library on Feb. 20

Come to the Menlo Park Library on Thursday, Feb. 20, for another evening of after-hours fun, just for adults 21 and over! You’ll get to enjoy trivia games & prizes, light refreshments, and (adult) beverages. The event takes place form 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Get free tickets online.

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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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Atherton resident Gregory Lowe talks about his book on Feb. 4

Atherton resident and retired SLAC physicist Gregory Loew discusses his book The Human Condition: Reality, Science and History on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 pm at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village. To learn more about the book — and more about Gregory — read the InMenlo interview.

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Engineer turned author John Billheimer writes both fiction and nonfiction

Growing up in Huntingon, West Virginia, author and film buff John Billheimer became a fan of Alfred Hitchcock. “I was an usher at the local movie theater, and the first Hitchcock film I saw was Dial M for Murder,” he recalls. “I still remember the gasp from the audience when the murder scene occurs. Hitchcock […]

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Camper in Menlo Park hosts cookbook author Erin Gleeson for a “forest feast”

That a restaurant named Camper is offering a cocktail hour and three-course “forest feast” shouldn’t be surprising. That will happen this Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 6:00 pm and feature cookbook author Erin Gleeson, whose latest book is The Forest Feast Mediterranean. Attendees will receive a copy of the book. Cost is $100. You can reserve […]

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Spotted: Students picking out books at Belle Haven School

Students at Belle Haven School loved being able to select five books each at this pop-up book fair. Gently used books were collected by All Students Matter volunteer Amy Bonforte. She opens this pop-up book fair three times a year on the Belle Haven School campus.

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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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La Entrada used book fair takes place Nov. 6 to 20

The La Entrada used book sale begins Wednesday, November 6, and ends Wednesday, November 20. Hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm every weekday (closed on weekends & Veteran’s Day and also closing at 2:oo pm on November 20). The sale will be located in the Multi Use Room at La Entrada Middle School (2200 […]

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