Events

Ge Wang will present the first talk in the Art Meets Science at SLAC Lecture Series, “Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime!” on Jan. 24, from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Panofsky Auditorium at SLAC, to be followed by a reception.

What is the nature of design, and the meaning it holds in human life? What does it mean to design well? To design ethically? How can the shaping of technology reflect our values as human beings? This talk explores how we shape technology and how technology shapes all of us in turn.

Drawing from Ge Wang’s new book on artful design and using music technology as a vehicle, we will examine everyday examples of design – tools, instruments, toys, games and social experiences – while breaking down the design of music programming languages, instruments for laptop orchestra, toy-like mobile phone apps like Ocarina, and social media. This will be a meditation on design for engineers, builders and anyone curious or concerned about shaping of technology – not only what it does for us, but also what it does to us.

Ge Wang is an associate professor at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He researches artful design of tools, toys, games and social experiences. Ge is the architect of the ChucK music programming language, director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, co-founder of Smule and designer of the Ocarina and Magic Piano apps for mobile phones. He is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of “Artful design: Technology in search of the sublime,” a photo comic book about the ethics, aesthetics and craft of shaping technology. (https://artful.design/)

Free but registration is required for nonSLAC employees for site entry. Complete this registration form by Jan. 23. Parking is limited at SLAC.

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Instrument petting zoo coming to Menlo Park Library on Jan. 17

What are string instruments made of, and how do they produce sound and music? More importantly, why do we make music? Join the acclaimed musicians and teaching artists of Chamber Music by the Bay during their eighth season of bringing live music education to thousands of young audience members throughout the San Francisco Bay Area! […]

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“Paths to Healthy Aging” it topic of talk on January 16

Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, Geriatrician, Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, author of “Paths to Healthy Aging,” and Director of the Geriatric Center of Los Altos, will discuss managing chronic conditions in aging with the goal of maintaining a better quality of life. The talk will take place on January 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 […]

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M-A football championship will be celebrated on Jan. 12 with a parade and rally

The Menlo-Atherton High School state champion football team will be honored with a parade on Saturday, Jan. 12,  at 10:00 am in downtown Menlo Park. A rally will follow at Burgess Park. The parade route starts at the Caltrain station parking lot and make its way westbound on Santa Cruz Avenue. At Crane Street it […]

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“From Columbine to Parkland: Is this the new normal?” is topic of MPCSD speaker series on Jan. 14

The world was forever changed on April 20, 1999, at 11:19 am when two high school students entered their school —Columbine High School in Littleton, CO — with loaded automatic weapons and begin shooting students and teachers, killing 13 and wounding 20 other students. I Since that fateful day 20 years ago, scores of more […]

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Public forum on Jan. 8 to discuss removal of redwood trees on El Camino

Residents concerned about the removal of seven redwood trees at the corner of El Camino and Ravenswood are encouraged to attend a public forum on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the downstairs conference room of the Menlo Park Library. This public forum will be a venue at which people can learn […]

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First Friday on Jan. 4 looks at Market St. before and after the 1906 earthquake

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It’s countdown to Noon at Cheeky Monkey Toys on Dec. 31

Join Cheeky Monkey Toys (640 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park) on December 31st at 11.30 am for its annual Countdown to Noon. The downtown store will have a noontime celebration for the New Year with fun crafts and activities to bring in the new year — and a balloon drop at the stroke of noon!

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Meet reptiles and amphibians at Belle Haven branch of library on Dec. 16

Educators from Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward will introduce some of their resident reptiles and amphibians at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library on Dec. 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. You’ll learn about their natural history and ecology, as well as life cycles, predators and prey, habitats, locomotion, and defense […]

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Menlo-Atherton Bears in CIF State title game at Sequoia on Dec. 15

The Menlo-Atherton Bears (12-2) will take on Lincoln-San Diego (11-4) for the CIF State 3AA Championship this Saturday, Dec. 15,  at 6:00 pm. The game will be played at Sequoia High School. “Would be great to have a bunch of alumni there (or from other local schools)!” co-Athletic Director Paul Snow posted on Facebook. You […]

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PAHS Holiday Party/Fundraiser at Café Zoë on Dec. 15

Join Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) as we celebrate the holiday season with readings of our newly published children’s storybook Saving Travis. Meet the author and the canine heroes and take home a copy of the book. There will be delicious food (provided by Café Zoë) and treats for your canine companion. Enter our raffle […]

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