Faces of Menlo

Lisa Rosenberg, Menlo Park resident and Poet Laureate Emerita of San Mateo County, has two upcoming events in May.


How is a sonnet like a satellite? Find out in this discipline-bending talk and reading by Lisa, who is the author of A Different Physics.

Friday, May 17, 7:00 PM
Chabot Space & Science Center Planetarium
7:00 pm Lecture, followed by Hypnotica and LaseRetro Laser Shows
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619

Bar and snacks, 21+ only. Tickets available online.


Barefoot in Black is back! Join us for the latest in this series by There You Go Again Productions. Part dramatic performance, part bohemian lounge, “The Queen’s Mad Room” is woven together with music, movement, and poetry spanning centuries. Choose from two nights and three different ticket prices to best suit your needs (portion of proceeds to local charities). Wear black!

Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, 6:30 PM
The Mallari Studios
377 Atherton Ave,
Atherton, CA 94027
Tickets available online.

Photo by Irene Searles (c) 2016

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Menlo Park-based photographer Mark Tuschman unveils “Immigrants are US”

For three nights, Menlo Park-based photographer Mark Tuschman will be at Art Ventures Gallery in downtown Menlo presenting photographs he took as part of a project he calls Immigrants are US – Immigration: Photography and Stories of Courage and Resilience. “This project came about from my sense of the dire need to increase understanding of […]

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New Menlo Park City Council member Betsy Nash thinks possibilities for our city are “amazing”

In the last Menlo Park City Council election, Betsy Nash made the leap from Council watcher to Council member, winning a seat in District 4 with 55% of the vote. With that came a change in perspective. “When you’re not on the Council, it’s easy to take a deep dive on a single issue,” she […]

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Menlo Park siblings take the stage in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s Pirates of Penzance

Two local siblings will team up as fun-loving pirates in the upcoming Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s  musical classic, The Pirates of Penzance, playing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts this May. The Menlo Park-based sister-and-brother duo, Isabel (12) and Ben (9) Zohar, will take the stage together […]

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Local artists open their studios this weekend as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios

Artists from Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside are opening their studios May 4-5 as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios. Among them is poet turned painter Elaine McCreight (pictured), who we visited with last year. In response to how she prepares for the Open Studios tour, she said: “I prepare differently for opening […]

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Laurel Principal Linda Creighton honored as Principal of the Year at awards ceremony

Menlo Park City School District’s Linda Creighton (center), Principal of Laurel Elementary School, was honored for receiving the Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) Region 5 Principal of the Year Award at a ceremony on Thursday, April 30. ACSA Region 5 includes San Francisco and San Mateo counties, with over 300 schools and 158,000 students. […]

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Adriano Farano’s goal is to bring back “living bread’

Adriano Farano, a journalist by trade who came to California from Paris on a Knight Fellowship at Stanford, is on a mission to create what he calls “living bread.” “As a journalist, I try to question assumptions and dig  to find answers,” he said, sitting in the backyard of his Menlo Park home. “While there’s […]

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Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2019 invites visitors to “Enter the Garden”

That Joan Sanders is President of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto should surprise no one who knows her — particularly those who have admired the garden at her Atherton home. She fancies herself a kind of garden whisperer, or more accurately, a person who believes gardens should […]

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Artist and gallery owner team up for fundraiser in support of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

You could make a case that Marcela Del Alcazar and Ron Silzer were meant to discover each other in what they both term “retirement.” Marcela opened her gallery Marcela’s Village a year ago June with the idea of showcasing local and Latin American arts and crafts. “The is my retirement job,” she said. “It’s fun […]

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Alkalign in Menlo Park celebrates 10th anniversary on April 13, offers free fitness class to celebrate

The markets crashed and spending tightened, but the perilous circumstances didn’t dissuade Erin Paruszewski from diving into a new business venture headfirst. After years as an investment banker and Six Sigma consultant, Erin left corporate America. She and her husband Tony drew down every last penny of their home equity line one week before the […]

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Chef Jason Dalling heads the kitchen at new Menlo Tavern

A new restaurant, Menlo Tavern, overseen by a new chef, Jason Dalling, opened on March 11 at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. The interior space of the former restaurant has been totally redesigned, offering homage to Stanford Eating Clubs. Booths now line one side of the space, and a book case filled with […]

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